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Ocean Breathes Salty

Modest Mouse

Ocean Breathes Salty Lyrics

[Verse 1]
Your body may be gone, I'm gonna carry you in
In my head, in my heart, in my soul

And maybe we'll get lucky and we'll both live again
Well, I don't know, I don't know
I don't know, don't think so


[Chorus 1]
Well, that is that and this is this
You tell me what you want and I'll tell you what you get

You get away from me, you get away from me
Collected my belongings and I left the jail
Well, thanks for the time, I needed to think a spell
I had to think awhile, I had to think awhile


[Verse 2]
The ocean breathes salty, won't you carry it in?
In your head, in your mouth, in your soul
And maybe we'll get lucky and we'll both grow old
Well I don't know, I don't know
I don't know, I hope so


[Chorus 1]
Well, that is that and this is this
You tell me what you want and I'll tell you what you get

You get away from me, you get away from me
Collected my belongings and I left the jail
Well, thanks for the time, I needed to think a spell
I had to think awhile, I had to think awhile


[Bridge]
Well, that is that and this is this
Will you tell me what you saw, and I'll tell you what you missed
When the ocean met the sky (You missed)

You missed when time and life shook hands and said goodbye
(You missed)

When the Earth folded in on itself (You missed)
And said "Good luck, for your sake I hope Heaven and Hell
(You missed, you missed)
Are really there, but I wouldn't hold my breath"
(You missed, you missed)

You wasted life, why wouldn't you waste death?
(You missed, you missed)
You wasted life, why wouldn't you waste death?


[Verse 3]
The ocean breathes salty, won't you carry it in?
In your head, in your mouth, in your soul
The more we move ahead the more we're stuck in rewind
Well, I don't mind, I don't mind
How the hell could I mind?


[Chorus 2]
Well, that is that and this is this
You tell me what you want and I'll tell you what you get

You get away from me, you get away from me
Well, that is that and this is this
Will you tell me what you saw and I'll tell you what you missed
When the ocean met the sky (You missed)

You wasted life, why wouldn't you waste the afterlife?

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About “Ocean Breathes Salty”

The second single from the record, it usually gets overshadowed by Modest Mouse’s break-out track “Float On,” which propelled them into superstardom for a brief period.

While that track was quite poppy, “Ocean Breathes Salty” is much closer in sound to their earlier albums: mournful, jangly guitars mixed with the trademark and unique vocals of Isaac Brock. The music video mirrors the message in the track. A child is seen dragging Brock around, as Brock sings about a soul who is destined to carry the ghost of a lover or friend through life with them. The child eventually buries Brock with his bandmates, only for them to spring up from the ground and continue to entertain the child, symbolic of the final line.

The track didn’t chart, a let down after “Float On” reached number 1 on the US Alternative Songs chart.