Ocean Breathes Salty

Ocean Breathes Salty

"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. It's obviously hinted that what happened with the bird, happened with other animals.

Track listing


  1. "Ocean Breathes Salty" – 3:49
  2. "Float On" (Live Studio) – 3:38

Enhanced CD

  1. "Ocean Breathes Salty" – 3:49
  2. "Float On" (Live Studio) – 3:38
  3. "Ocean Breathes Salty" (Live Studio) – 6:23
  4. "Ocean Breathes Salty" (Video) – 12:26


  • 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. This image is also featured on their latest album, We Were Dead Before the Ship Even Sank.

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