Remembering Jason Molina

It’s always a sad day when something strikes you inside your mail box, especially when it’s a letter from one of your favorite labels reporting of another beautiful musician that we have tragically lost again. Jason Molina (from bands like Magnolia Electric Co and Songs: Ohia) passed away suddenly Saturday, due to complications of organ failure, along with his unfortunate, struggling love and hate relationship with alcohol.

When listening to Jason Molina’s music, his lyrics have always been so honest, tragic, and forthright along with his voice and familiar southern guitar echoing in one hand, and the need for a cigarette and glass of whiskey in the other. Initially, Jason Molina performed as Songs: Ohia collaborating with many different musicians. Then ten years ago one night while performing live on stage as Songs: Ohia, he decided to change the band’s name to Magnolia Electric Co, and shared new songs that no one had ever heard before. The music that night was secretly recorded live, and it became Magnolia Electric Co’s gritty debut.

Now remembering the first time discovering Magnolia Electric Co’s song “The Dark Don’t Hide It”, and especially those words alone, resonated with something so truthful inside. It was one of those first demos to be heard by anyone that one night it was recorded live, and listening back now the music courageously showcases how vulnerable and powerful his fight through the dark was. Jason Molina made music that honestly confessed of his battlescars, and the way his pain created out could only be turned into beauty.


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Listen :: Magnolia Electric Co – 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

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

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
They wouldn’t tear themselves apart both trying to fit

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

At least I don’t hide it

One Response

  1. Tyler

    Today was the first time I heard this song. I don’t listen to country music but a coworkers radio was tuned to a country station and this song caught my attention. I had to listen to it 4 more times when I got home. I absolutely love the lyrics to this songthanks for the article! .