When Buckley was a part of Gary Lucas' band Gods & Monsters, he wrote an early version of this song with Lucas, who contributed most of the music. Gods & Monsters fell apart amid tensions between Buckley and Lucas, but Buckley included a new version of "Mojo Pin" on his 1994 debut solo album, the only album released in his lifetime (he died in 1997).
A demo of the Gods & Monsters version recorded in 1991 appears on the collection Songs to No One 1991-1992
, which was released in 2002. The song "Grace
," which Buckley also wrote with Lucas, also appears on the compilation.