Through the Static and Distance: The Songs of Jason Molina

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1.
Tenskawatawa 03:07
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
2.
Soul 05:53
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)
3.
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
4.
The Lioness 04:23
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)
5.
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
6.
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
7.
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
8.
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
9.
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
10.
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
11.
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
12.
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
13.
Calling Bird 03:30
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
14.
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
15.
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
16.
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
17.
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
18.
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
19.
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
20.
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

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