Ocean Breathes Salty (3:44)

Cover of Good News For People Who Love Bad News

From Good News For People Who Love Bad News and 5 other releases

“Ocean Breathes Salty” is the second single released from Modest Mouse’s album Good News For People Who Love Bad News.

There were two releases of the single. The first included the album version of “Ocean Breathes Salty”, as well as a live studio recording of “Float On”. The second release was an Enhanced CD, released on January 11, 2005. It included the original recording of the song, an additional live studio session of the song, the live version of “Float On”, and finally the music video for “Ocean Breathes Salty”.

The music video for “Ocean Breathes Salty” was directed by Chris Milk and is very similar to a segment of the Pink Floyd film, The Wall. The video shows a young boy finding a bird with a broken wing, which throughout the video becomes lead singer Isaac Brock. The boy patches up the bird and shows it to his mom, who disgusted, tries to take the bird away. The boy runs away and spends the night in a field with the bird where he dreams that he can play with it when it heals. Unfortunately, when he wakes up, the bird has died and he buries it. As he walks away, the band dressed up as animals, appear and finish the song.


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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

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  • saadeu

    i fckn love this song.

    10 Sep 1:42pm Reply
  • sco703

    You wasted life. Why wouldn't you waste death?

    22 Jul 8:41am Reply
  • martinsantista

    The best!

    5 May 2:33pm Reply
  • davidstrom

    One of my favorites

    10 Jan 9:16pm Reply
  • Storchel

    Love it!

    15 Nov 2013 Reply
  • Cure1980

    good guitar rifes that makes me feel good.

    11 Oct 2013 Reply
  • rubycrush

    i love when the solo drops, the song goes in slow mo reverse and everything i am and want to be is clear. yo this song is everything :)

    28 Aug 2013 Reply
  • SLJRabling

    <3 <3

    15 Jul 2013 Reply
  • porcelina1409

    I missed this song!!

    11 Apr 2013 Reply
  • JeffMec

    Well... I had to think a while....

    1 Apr 2013 Reply
  • indie-n


    26 Nov 2012 Reply
  • christles

    One of their best.

    21 Nov 2012 Reply
  • pasmla

    I love this so so sosososososo much ufghgfgfgfg

    1 Aug 2012 Reply
  • crazykarma138

    . Maybe well get lucky and well both live again... RIP Miss Mandy. I think about you often especially to this tune.

    21 Jan 2012 Reply
  • sky_neverending

    awesome ~

    6 Jan 2012 Reply
  • hunnybunny21

    you wasted a life, why wouldnt you waste death

    30 Dec 2011 Reply
  • YorkNew

    @RustoSalli, I can tell you haven't listened to much MM. Try out The Lonesome Crowded West or Moon and Antarctica album. They're my favorite albums. Also listen to te song "Dramamine", its my favorite song ever [2]

    3 Dec 2011 Reply
  • Modestmousefan1

    @RustoSalli, I can tell you haven't listened to much MM. Try out Th Lonesome Crowded West or Moon and Antarctica album. They're my favorite albums. Also listen to te song "Dramamine", its my favorite song ever <3

    8 Oct 2011 Reply
  • Foxface412

    I was obsessed with Modest Mouse in high school. Every time I listen to them now I remember why. They're epic.

    8 Sep 2011 Reply
  • Thonydef

    You wasted Life Why Wont You Waste death? deeeeeeppppp

    30 Aug 2011 Reply
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