Through the Static and Distance: The Songs of Jason Molina

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Tribute to Jason Molina

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All proceeds go to the Family of Jason Molina

Read each artist's story about Jason's music at: www.staticanddistance.com

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released January 27, 2015

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Track Name: Peter Hess & Eoin Russell - Tenskawatawa
close to the citadel, she raises her lantern
close to the citadel, she raises her laquered hooves
the long road division, for lack of another route
and these then were all too good advantage lost
and i grow suspect as soon as your friendliness rises
cause one man alone stands a chance
but not a second chance
close to the citadel will hasten to affirm
for this congress we have ridden doubly against
and we’ll grow suspect
as soon as their friendliness rises
and i alone stand a chance but not a second chance
Track Name: Guy Capecelatro III - Soul
Tell all your friends that
you're bound for glory
and how long did you know
that you'd make it there before me
and what is it like
is it worth this misfortune
what is it like on the other side
these 20 years I've loved one thing only
I love what I know about passion
I love what I know about mercy
I love what I know about patience
I love what I know about soul
and I know you(x3)
I tell all my friends
that I'm bound for heaven
and if I ain't so
you can't blame me for living
I know what it's like
and it's worth this misfortune
I know what it's like on the other side
these 20 years I've loved one thing only
I love what I know about passion
I love what I know about mercy
I love what I know about patience
I love what I know about soul
and I know you(x3)
Track Name: Annie Fleming & Viking Moses - Farewell Transmission
The whole place is dark
Every light on this side of the town
Suddenly it all went down
Now we'll all be brothers of the fossil fire of the sun
Now we will all be sisters of the fossil blood of the moon
Someone must have set us up

Now they'll be working in the cold grey rock,
Now they'll be working in the hot mill steam,
Now they'll be working in the concrete
In the sirens and the silences now all the great set up hearts -
All at once start to beat

After tonight if you don't want us to be a secret out of the past
I will resurrect it, I'll have a good go at it
I'll streak his blood across my beak and dust my feathers with his ashes
I can feel his ghost breathing down my back

I will try and know whatever I try, I will be gone but not forever
I will try and know whatever I try, I will be gone but not forever

The real truth about it is no one gets it right
The real truth about it is we're all supposed to try
There ain't no end to the sands I've been trying to cross
The real truth about it is my kind of life's no better off
If I've got the maps or if I'm lost

We will try and know whatever we try,
We will be gone but not forever
Come on let's try will try and know whatever we try,
We will be gone but not forever

The real truth about it is there ain't no end to the desert I'll cross
I've really known that all along

Mama here comes midnight with the dead moon in its jaws
Must be the big star about to fall
Mama here comes midnight with the dead moon in its jaws
Must be the big star about to fall

Long dark blues
Will o the wisp
The big star is falling
Through the static and distance
A farewell transmission
Listen
Track Name: Bob Corn & Matteo Uggeri - The Lioness
It is for me the eventual truth
Of that look of the lioness to her man across the Nile
It is that look of the lioness to her man across the Nile

want to feel my heart break if it must break in your jaws
Want you to lick my blood off your paws

You can't get her fast enough (x6)
I will swim to you (x4)

Whether you save me
Whether you savage me
Want my last look to be the moon in your eyes
Want my heart to break if it must break in your jaws
Want you to lick my blood off your paws

It is for me the eventual truth
It is that look of the lioness to her man across the Nile (x2)
and you can't get here fast enough (x6)
I will swim to you (repeat)
Track Name: Paul Watson - North Star Blues
Where were the rest of my songs tonight?
I only remember the north star blues
Simple old song, a stage each night
Marking the time that I lost you

No one should forgive me
I knew what I stood to lose
I'm better off now
Just forgettin' how I came to have
The north star blues

How can I be the only one
Whose life can't live up to its life
How can I be the only one
Whose heart refuses to try
Track Name: Tiger Saw - Being In Love
Being in love means you are completely broken
Then put back together the one piece that was yours
Is beating in your lovers breast
She says the same thing about hers
She says the same thing about hers
However I have gotten here I have plans to be with you
And for the first time it is working
And for the first time it is working
And for the first time it is working

And I am proof that the heart is a risky fuel to burn
Yeah, we are proof that the heart is a risky fuel to burn
What's left after that's all gone I hope to never learn
But if you stick with me you can help me
I'm sure we'll find new things to burn
Cause we are proof that the heart is a risky fuel to burn
Yeah, we are proof that the heart is a risky fuel to burn
Track Name: The Black Hare - Ocean's Nerve
This place is trouble waiting
The light hangs so weakly on to the quiet
Drag myself in a long line

In a long line
In a long line
In a lonely line

And I jealously want the ocean's deep nerve
I am a red flame hanging low to be close to it
Hanging low to be close to you
Track Name: Just Be Simple
You never hear me talk about one day getting out
Why put a new address on the same old loneliness
Everybody knows where that is
We built that house of his

And when he's not home
Someone else you know always is
If Heaven's really coming back
I hope it has a heart attack

When they see how dangerous it is for guys like that
The night has always known when it's time to get going
When it's really been so long that it starts showing
It's always had that ghost who always almost

Tells me the Secret
How there's really no difference in who he was once
And who he's become
Everything you hated me for

Honey there was so much more
I just didn't get busted.
But I'm not looking for an easy way out
This whole life it's been about

Try and try and try
And try and try and try
To be simple again
Track Name: Marissa Nadler - It's Easier Now
Behind these eyes a desert spirit
Sea serpent heart inside a sunken ship
I finally got it
All parts wrong

I didn't know how long it would take to do it
Behind these eyes
Dead grey mule
Torn apart moon in an empty room

It's easier now
And I just say I got better
It's easier now
That I just say I got better

It's easier when I just admit
Death comes now
And the next minute
The next minute
The next minute

Behind these eyes
Behind these eyes
Behind these eyes
Behind these eyes
Behind these eyes
Track Name: Stephen Bartolomei - Long Desert Train
You used to love a lot of things
You used to love talking
This you never told me about
If it's what your eyes were saying

I already figured it out
I could just tell it was bad
I couldn't tell how bad
You never took off your shades

And you stayed like that for days
I guess your pain never weakened
Your cool blood started burning
Scorching most of us in the flames

But there are things you can't change
There are things you can't change
You called that the curse of a human's life
That you couldn't change

Said you'd never be old enough
Or young enough
Tall enough
Or thin enough

Or smart enough
Or brave enough
Rich enough
Pretty enough

Strong enough
Good enough
Well you were to us
You wanted silence by itself

Just the word
You wanted peace by itself
Just to learn
There were things you couldn't change

You got the dull pounding rain
You got the last car in the long desert train
You almost made it
You almost made it again
Track Name: Nad Navillus - Be Your Own Guide (Constant Change)
The whole world rises up
The whole world but us
Are we sturdy enough?

The same black river weaves its path
Snakes its line between me and you

It makes its constant rule
Constant change

And I'll see two breaths at the boundary
One will be me
And the other will see me
And say
There is nothing reliable but change
There is nothing reliable like change

Be your own guide
'Cause there is nothing reliable like change
Track Name: The Verms - Impulse (Declarer)
You in your youth all impulse
Have no friends who are reliable
As long as I'm stayin'
I never will belong
When no depths are reliable
Prepare your lines, leave off casting
As long as I'm staying, I never will belong
Track Name: Mara Flynn - Calling Bird
a calling bird
calls our name out loud
a calling bird
knows our fate
his voice is thick and slow
and he's singing in the rain
a calling bird
spells our name out loud
Track Name: Jesse Rifkin - The Body Burned Away
Death as it shook you
You gave it a fool's look
You said I am an empty page to you
Give me your hand give me you blood
Don't misunderstand
I once had all the words
I forgot all the words

Held the binding lightning
Held the binding lightning

Began to burn away
We began to burn away

Held the binding the lightning
Held the binding the lightning

Began to burn away
Began to burn away

The body burns away
The body burns away
The body burns away
The body burns away
The body burns away
The body burns away
Track Name: Brendan Quinn - So You Can See to Go (There Will Be Distance)
wonder what that could mean
there will be distance
distance meet anxiety
anxiety meet the cold
anxiety meet the cold
the thing is still you will be gone and
i'll have to leave the lights on
so you can see to go
Track Name: Sharron Kraus - Ring the Bell
Help does not just walk up to you I could have told you that
I'm not an idiot
I could have told you that
In every serpent's eye watch you go where you go
Every serpents double tongue takes a turn with your soul
If you let them ring your bell
If you let them ring your bell
They're ringing the bell
They're ringing the bell
Why wouldn't I be trying to figure it out
Everyone tells you that
Everyone tells you not to quit
I can't even see it to fight it
If it looks like I'm not trying I don't care what it looks like
Cause I stood at the alter and everything turned white
All I heard was the sound, of the world coming down around me
All I heard was the sound, of the world coming down around me
Why wouldn't I be trying
Why wouldn't I try
Why wouldn't I try
Cause those double tongues are singing hear the wail of the choir through the fog
The sound of that choir through the fog
They're always close they're always so close always close always so close
If there's a way out it will be step by step through the black
If there;s a way out if will be step by step through the black
Why wouldn't I be trying to figure it out it don't mean I'm not trying if I don't make it back
I know serpents will cross universes to circle around our necks
I know hounds will cross universes to circle around our feet
I know they're close
Step by step one's beside me to kill me or to guide me
Why wouldn't I be trying to figure which one out
Why wouldn't I be trying to figure which one out
Track Name: Thalia Zedek Band - Hold On Magnolia
Hold on Magnolia to that great highway moon
No one has to be that strong
But if you're stubborn like me
I know what you're trying to be
Hold on Magnolia, I hear that station bell ring
You might be holding the last light I see
Before the dark finally gets a hold of me
Hold on Magnolia, I know what a true friend you've been
In my life I have had my doubts
But tonight I think I've worked it out with all of them
Hold on Magnolia to the thunder and the rain
To the lightning that has just signed my name to the bottom line
Hold on Magnolia, I hear that lonesome whistle whine
Hold on Magnolia
I think its almost time
Track Name: Jason Anderson - The Dark Don’t Hide It
Something held me down and made me make a promise
That I wouldn't tell when the truth forgets about us
But saying it now comes easily
After finding out how you've been using me

[Repeat: x4]
At least the dark don't hide it

You said you only wanted friends for long enough
To get rid of them
You found the kind you knew would only kill you
So you surrounded yourself with them

[Repeat: x4]
At least the dark don't hide it

The world was empty on the day when they made it
But heaven needed someplace to throw all the shit
Human hearts and pain should never be separate
The wouldn't tear themselves apart both trying to fit

[Repeat: x4]
At least the dark don't hide it

Now death is going to hold us up in the mirror
And say we're so much alike we must be brothers
See I've had a job to do but people like you
Have been doing it for me to one another

[Repeat: x4]
At least I don't hide it
Track Name: Small Sur - Two Blue Lights
Two blue lights
One's the blue light of the late night bus
One's the blue light of the moon over us
One's got the diesel fuel on her breath
One's got the damp taste of the earth on it
Two blue lights
There's a dead archer in the tower you can't hear it but you can tell
When the bells ring twelve times in hell the bells ring twelve times in this town as well
Two blue lights
Two blue lights
Track Name: Jesse Poe, Thalia Zedek and The Static & Distance Band - I Can Not Have Seen the Light
Again you’re swinging low
And you hit me below the belt
Alright since it’s a fair fight
I’d say it’s the best that I have felt
In a long long time (x2)
Every now and then it happens again
I can’t remember what comes first
Is it the hurt
Or knowing that it hurts
Is it the hurt
Or knowing that it hurts
Ever since I turned my life around
It still happens time to time
Don’t know what pain was yours
Or what pain was mine
What pain was yours
And what pain was mine
Will I have to be alright all of the time
No one has to be alright all of the time
Do I have to be alright all of the time (x2)
I thought I saw the light
I saw the light