Ocean Breathes Salty

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"Ocean Breathes Salty"
Single by Modest Mouse
from the album Good News for People Who Love Bad News
ReleasedAugust 23, 2004
Producer(s)Dennis Herring
Modest Mouse singles chronology
"Float On"
"Ocean Breathes Salty"

"Ocean Breathes Salty" is a song by American rock band Modest Mouse, released on August 23, 2004 as the second single from their fourth studio album Good News for People Who Love Bad News.

Track listing[edit]


  1. "Ocean Breathes Salty" – 3:47
  2. "Float On" (Live Studio) – 3:38

Enhanced CD[edit]

  1. "Ocean Breathes Salty" – 3:47
  2. "Float On" (Live Studio) – 3:38
  3. "Ocean Breathes Salty" (Live Studio) – 3:52
  4. "Ocean Breathes Salty" (Video) – 3:47


The song is composed in the key of G major with the exception of a bridge midway through the song, which is written in the key of C major. The song runs at a tempo of around 80 bpm. The verse has a chord progression of I-iii-V-I-vii-V while the chorus has a chord progression of I-V-vi-V-I-IV(dorian)


  • Isaac Brock - Vocals, guitar
  • Eric Judy - Bass
  • Dann Gallucci - Guitar, keyboards
  • Benjamin Weikel - Drums

Music video[edit]

The music video for "Ocean Breathes Salty" was directed by Chris Milk. 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 mother, who is disgusted. She tries to take the bird away, and then 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. When he wakes up, he finds that the bird has died, and he buries it. As he walks away, the band, all dressed up as animals, appear and finish the song, then disappear.


  • On the front cover of both releases of the single, one of the band's icons (an upside down hot air balloon with an anchor) can be seen.

Other recordings[edit]

San Francisco folk rock band Sun Kil Moon recorded a cover version of "Ocean Breathes Salty" on their 2005 album Tiny Cities.

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