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
Released January 11, 2005
Format CD, Enhanced CD
Recorded 2003
Genre Indie rock
Length 3:49
Label Epic
Writer(s) Isaac Brock, Dann Gallucci, Eric Judy
Producer(s) Dennis Herring
Modest Mouse singles chronology
"Float On"
"Ocean Breathes Salty"
Good News for People Who Love Bad News track listing
"Float On"
"Ocean Breathes Salty"
"Dig Your Grave"

"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". This single has been certified gold by the RIAA.

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


  • 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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