Into the Ocean

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"Into the Ocean"
Single by Blue October
from the album Foiled
Format Digital download, CD single
Recorded October 16, 2006
Genre Alternative rock
Length 4:02
Label Universal Records
Producer(s) David Castell and Justin Furstenfeld
Blue October singles chronology
"Hate Me"
(2006)
"Into the Ocean"
(2006)
"She's My Ride Home"
(2007)

"Into the Ocean" is the second single from Blue October's fifth album, Foiled. The song peaked at #53 on the Billboard Hot 100, while the music video for the song, directed by Zach Merck, reached number one on the VH1 V-Spot countdown. A live acoustic version of the song appears on the band's album Ugly Side: An Acoustic Evening With Blue October. On May 4, 2012 the single was certified platinum for sales of one million in the United States.[1] It was featured on the TV series The Sopranos and Moonlight.

Content[edit]

The song contrasts an upbeat rhythm and light melodies with Ryan Delahoussaye's erhu and lamenting lyrics typical of "Hate Me" and other songs written by lead singer Justin Furstenfeld. The feelings conveyed by the song reflect Furstenfeld's real-life battle with depression and suicidal tendencies.

The lyrics convey the first-person account of a "normal boy" who has fallen or jumped off the bow of a ship and the thoughts that pass through the boy's mind as he loses the will to keep afloat by treading water. His final thought is of his beloved as he eventually concedes to drowning:

In the final verse the song takes on a deeper meaning as the lyrics reveal that the initial story of the boy drowning was just a dream spurred by feelings of grief over the loss of a loved one, presumably the woman whose face gave him comfort as he imagined he was drowning. The dream is referred to lyrically as "Midnight's late reminder of the loss of her, the one I love." The song then indicates that he wishes, like in the dream, that he could slip "into the ocean, end it all."

According to a VH1-online article about the band, "Into the Ocean" has had an impact on many listeners who may have been contemplating suicide.

"Into the Ocean," with Delahoussaye's seductive violin siren call and plucked mandolin, openly contemplates a death wish with so much honesty, fans write to the band, claiming tracks like this have prevented their own suicidal impulses.
"I love Justin's lyrics," says guitarist [CB] Hudson, ..."Our music touches people in the heart. I'm really proud of that."
"If I have saved others, I don't know what to say," admits Justin. "But if I can do that for them, why the fuck can't I do that for myself?"[2]

Charts[edit]

Chart (2006) Peak
position
US Billboard Hot 100 53
US Billboard Pop Songs 39
US Billboard Modern Rock Tracks 20
US Billboard Adult Pop Songs 10

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Notes[edit]

  1. ^ "Gold & Platinum's Good Vibrations". "The Recording Industry Association of America". 2012-06-14. 
  2. ^ VH1 Artists, Blue October(2007).