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9 Songs You Should Know By Jason Molina

Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. singer Jason Molina has passed away, but his music lives on. Here's some songs you should know by this prolific folk musician.

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If you're unfamilar with Molina, here's NPR's Stephen Thompson on his work:

Still, Molina's songs wove that self-pitying sadness — songs of a man cowering under a sky he cursed, or peering into horizons that seemed empty — into expressions of bracing, strangely soothing beauty. His open, aching voice could convey overwhelming emotion with the slightest inflection; if you loved his music, you'd swear you could feel a word or phrase or hook in your blood.

Jason Molina began performing songs under the name Songs: Ohia in 1996

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"Just Be Simple"
Key Lyrics:
"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."

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"I've Been Riding With A Ghost"
Key Lyrics:
"See I ain't getting better / I am only getting behind / I am standing on a crossroad trying to make up my mind / I'm trying to remember how it got so late / Why every night pain comes from a different place."

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"Untitled (It Won't Be Easy)"
Key Lyrics:
Somewhere else must be / The alarm and struggle in me / I see in your face / A certain likeness / To someone yesterday you told me about / That it won't be easy."

Since 2003, he's made a lot of music under the name Magnolia Electric Co.

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"Nashville Moon"
Key Lyrics:
"I’ve been on that road and it was darkness end to end / And I just headed for the dark again / How far am I from living my whole life / Only in the dark"

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"O! Grace"
Key Lyrics:
"Oh Grace, if you stop believing / That don't mean that it just goes away / It's a long way between horizons / And it gets farther every day."

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"Leave The City"
Key Lyrics:
"It broke my heart to leave the city / I mean it broke what wasn't / Broken in there already / But all my great reasons / For leavin' now i can't think of any."

He also released a lot of great material under his own name.

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"Heart My Heart"
Key Lyrics:
"Ghost in the canyon / If I can open my eyes / This feather and my life will / Fly, fly."

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"Harvest Law"
Key Lyrics:
"Paul’s pictures to the harvesters / My will to the world between / My will, I have gone along / The twelve fires were gathering."

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"It's Easier Now"
Key Lyrics:
"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."

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