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Just Be Simple
Songs: Ohia Lyrics


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

Lyrics © SC PUBLISHING DBA SECRETLY CANADIAN PUB., Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd.
Written by: Jason Molina

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Buzz Lindgren

You'll 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 we 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
I think he's been letting me win
And I think he's doing it again
Thanks for letting me win
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, try and try and try
To be simple again, just be simple again
Just be simple again, just be simple again
Just be simple again, just be simple again



Steve Cabral

Jason Molina knew the blues. The singer-songwriter behind Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co. wasn’t a traditionalist or even a conventional blues musician — to hear his music, you wouldn’t think to call it that. More often his style is a dark and haunting folk-rock, sometimes infused with the rock-and-roll roar of Crazy Horse at their most raggedly glorious and elsewhere stark to the point of being eerily skeletal. “Just Be Simple,” on Songs: Ohia’s final album Magnolia Electric Co. — or Magnolia Electric Co.’s first album depending on how you look at it — is somewhere between those two poles, soulful and stinging with a desperate loneliness, but carrying a grit that gives it a glimmer of hope even when the sadness is overwhelming.

The Molina at the heart of “Just Be Simple” isn’t at peace with his depression and isolation, but he acknowledges it with a plainspoken, matter-of-fact sensibility. “You’ll never hear me talk about one day getting out,” he sings. “Why put a new address on the same old loneliness?” It sounds bleak, even fatalistic, but there’s something almost zen-like in the way Molina frames the darkness that follows him. He doesn’t long for genuine happiness: “If Heaven’s really coming back, I hope it has a heart attack.” It’s in the title of the song where that faint glimpse of a bright future lies, however fleeting. Molina’s not “looking for an easy way out.” He just needs to live with the pain.

There’s a universal feeling at the heart of “Just Be Simple,” as there is with most of Molina’s songs, whether he’s singing about being alone in the world, or whether he’s describing the Rust-Belt landscapes of the Midwest and its eerie, blue moon. In fact, it’s been covered numerous times by the likes of the Avett Brothers and Amanda Shires. Scott Avett describes the song as “not only a sentiment that I know and live by but is a song that I listened to once or twice and could recite the lyrics to. It was as if I never had to learn it, it was just in me.”

Molina, himself, never quite escaped the darkness. In 2013 he died of organ failure after a long struggle with alcoholism, cutting his career short at age 39. But in spite of his tragic, untimely passing, he gave listeners the gift that maybe he needed the most. Songs like “Just Be Simple” are sad, but they bring us comfort. They make us feel as if someone else understands.

“Anytime a song can be truthful and relatable is a successful song to me,” Shires says of the song. “We are supposed to have songs that help us get us through difficult times, we need songs to get us through shit. This song makes me feel less alone in the world and I think that’s what good songs are supposed to do.”



All comments from YouTube:

Greywillow

I was crossing the bridge from Tampa to St.Pete to clean out my father's house who had recently passed away and this is the song that came on that very moment...

charles downs

Unbelievable, I drive that bridge every morning for work and my favorite album to put on in the morning is this Album. Small world. I hope life has treated you well since this post stranger.

Ernesto Moreno

My brother Edén past away after a car accident near Tampa... 2006. Your words & this song makes me feel like in those days, infinite sadness.

Greywillow

Remembering Jason today.💙

Buzz Lindgren

You'll 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 we 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
I think he's been letting me win
And I think he's doing it again
Thanks for letting me win
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, try and try and try
To be simple again, just be simple again
Just be simple again, just be simple again
Just be simple again, just be simple again

Vic Lazar

It's like he's telling his own sadness in a way that isn't self pitying. Remarkable beauty.

Patrick McGlynn

Nailed it i could not say it better thank you

PrestwickRock

Absolutely.

Jonathan Lancour

Wow. "Everything you hated me for honey there was so much more. I just didn't get busted. "

Jens Mueller

love the ways he sings this

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