Sea of Clouds

by Martin Rivas

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"Martin Rivas just needs to be heard!" - bbqchickenrobot.com

"Sea of Clouds is a satisfying mix of soul and innovation." - Buzzine

"His previous albums, Glorious, Bottleneck, and Pride of the Valley, were lovely seedlings, homegrown and ripe for picking, but with his fourth effort he’s finally found his prize-winning garden.

"In a time when music can come across as contrived and forced, the serene, genuine quality and exquisite execution of 'Sea of Clouds' provides loyal listeners with Martin Rivas’ best album to date. Tracks alternate between simple acoustic guitar riffs, soft piano melodies, and the explosive percussions of long-time friend and drummer Craig Meyer, bringing warmth, telling stories, and breathing life into the songs, while still maintaining the classic rock and reminiscent element that Rivas fans have grown to admire." - NYC Artists Scene

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released August 13, 2009

Produced by Dave Pittenger and Martin Rivas.

All songs written by Martin Rivas.

Recorded by Dave Pittenger.

Drums/bass recorded by Mark Turrigiano.
Drums/bass recording assistants: Stoley, Ozzy.

Mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering, Columbus, Ohio USA.
Cover Photograph by Michael Koehler.

©2009 Logging Trail Music (BMI). All rights reserved.

Lyrics, contact info & such: www.martinrivas.net

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Martin Rivas New York, New York

Brooklyn native Martin Rivas has been a stalwart participant and supporter of NYC-based underground music since his days in early-90s critical darlings & CBGB regulars Serious Pilgrim. Martin’s music has always taken the listener on a sonic journey that feels new and familiar; now that fatherhood has introduced him to his greatest passion, his 7th album is certain to take some compelling twists. ... more

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Track Name: Sleeping in the Shed
Trucks that sear the highway night
Make a noise of pinkish white
My head sleeps in the window
The sound’s a cradle
A pattern, aching, but not quite

Who’s that riding in the back
Searching for the heart they lack
Driving, searching for a meaning
In search of feeling
Peterbilt accedes to Mack

Radio whirs and whines
Tells a story, just not mine
Station identification
An unknown language
Words as music
By design

This boy’s body is betrayed
Nothing ever stays the same
Bones with somewhere else to go
Someplace I may never know
Nothing in the end remains

Like a thought unmade to words
People fly away like birds
Chirping, singing in the trees
Saying fare thee well to me
Seconds slicing into thirds

In the left side of my head
I can hear the things you said
Questions nestled in the pillow
A bed of answers
Satan sleeping in the shed

Sweetly sleeping in the shed
Kittens dancing in his head

©2009 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: A New Word
They’ll need a new word for this
Brilliant doesn’t start to explain how great thou art
And it won’t be long before they know

They’ll need a new word for this
A pen to push upon for every day you’re gone
And it won’t be long before they know

And the oceans bend
And the mountains roar
‘Cause there’s something there that was not before
And it need not get
Any further yet
Anymore

I keep your former room
The heirlooms that reside
I handle them with pride
But a paragraph is all they wrote

And I wasn’t there to see you off
But my brother cried like his father died
And it need not get
Any further yet
Anymore

They’ll need a new word for this
They seemed to miss this one
My heart has come undone
And there’s nothing here to bind it to

They’ll need a new word for this
‘Cause there’s something there that was not before

©2009 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: Heckuva Day
I’ve been fixin’ to return to the town of my birth
It may be oceans away
I’ve been fixin’ to return to the town of my birth
That’ll make for a heckuva day
That’ll make for a heckuva day

I’ve been fixin’ to visit the home of my mother
I wonder what she will say
When she sees me with my arms wrapped around my little brother
That’ll make for a heckuva day
That’ll make for a heckuva day

Who do you know that isn’t around
The hand of their touch
And the voice of their sound
Who do you know that shares in your load
You are never alone
Take a walk ‘cause they’re right down the road

Times have been worse
Times have been better
I know I’ll make it ok
But when time meets its end
And I meet again with my old friends
That’ll make for a heckuva day

©2009 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: Eclipse
The Moon is a girl
The Sun is a boy
The Moon is a boy
The Sun is a girl

Does it matter where they end up?
They go around everything
Everything goes around them
Does it matter where they end up?
By degrees
Not of heat, but of separation
And when you see them get together
On your knees
On your back
As you stare
You just can’t help but stare

The Moon is a girl
The Sun is a boy
The Moon is a boy
The Sun is a girl

How he wishes he could have her
How he dreams with his beams in majestic splendour
How she wishes she could have him
It’s her hair that shines and cries behind him
Aw, but when they get together
The sky is dark
And the birds are too busy making love to sing

The Moon is a girl
The Sun is a boy
The Moon is a boy
The Sun is a girl

Fragrant light
Fragrant shadow
There’s a light

The Moon is a boy...

Stars are chased by sunlight
And everything is alright at the break of day
All I can say...
The greatest of these is love

©2009 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: Get Yourself Together
You’re the mirror of your father
The image of your mother
Your niece and nephews’ uncle
Your baby sister’s big brother

Get yourself together

In the hour that’s the darkest
Remember that you’re blessed
This isn’t a demand
But more a loving request

Get yourself together

Love is the fabric we weave
Dry our eyes with it when we grieve
Wrap the babies in it that we receive
You know that we believe

Get yourself together

Love is the fabric we weave
Dry our eyes with it when we grieve
Wrap the babies in it that we receive
You know that we believe

You’re the mirror of your father
The image of your mother
Your niece and nephews’ uncle
Your baby sister’s big brother

Get yourself together

©2009 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: A Name Scratched on a Desk
So this is what you mean
So this is how it goes
Barns collapse
Under weight of heavy snows

So this is where you live
So this is why you grieve
Peeled-paint-rainbow
Greets us as we leave

She’s a name scratched on a desk
In a time zone somewhere, starving
Like grenades, her words tear at my vest

So this is where I go
So this is where you lead
Staring at you
Is staring into me

The easy part is over
At least it is for me
This isn’t some sort of revelation
And it was never meant to be

It was never meant to be

©2009 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: Burn Alrite
I couldn’t bear to think that I left you hoping
Or that there’s so much more to everything than you’ll get to know
I wanted more than I could bring
For an explanation
All the information I’d never know

You’ll burn alrite in the sun
Your skin is its own worst enemy
But it’s alrite
You’re in the sun
Laugh and move on

Share what you know is true
All your strength and wisdom
‘Cause it’s a quicker ride than anyone will ever let you know
I wanted more than anything
To see your dreams unfolding
I loved you more than you’ll ever know

You’ll burn alrite in the sun
Your skin is its own worst enemy
But it’s alrite
You’re in the sun
Laugh and move on

©2009 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: Turtle
Near the spot where you came to proudly raise your head and hail the sun one more time
Near the spot you were born and surely will return at least the part you're leaving behind

You chose where you chose perhaps for those before you, or perhaps no reason in mind
And this place was all yours, but surely you would share it with the folks who came around from time to time

And the grass will grow around and through and over where you thought it best to go
And the dandelions, dragonflies, cranes and deer will all be through a billion to a trillion more times
Perhaps you know all that before
Perhaps it didn't make a difference
Perhaps it made you come here all the more

©2009 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: I Need a Riff
I need a riff to get me through the morning
From the car to the beach
Out the house

I need a riff to get to the person
I hope I could be
To keep from disappearing

I need a riff to rock the streets I drive
Remind me I’m alive
To feed me and my pride

I need a riff to get me home from school
To play in my head
At the funeral

I need a riff that’ll get me out of bed
To push the shopping cart to
In front of you

I need a riff to gaze at my shoes to
To ward off the spirits
Of failure and fear

Why can’t I rest, or better yet recover
Inhale the wind, and set it free
In a distant melody from a vanished century

Why can’t I hear every third or fourth word
And piece together haphazardly
An impression of my own to be misused by me alone

And I’d rather conjure odd interpretations
Of a person alien to me
Drifting in a lunar sea

And it turns out I’m completely recognizable
I’d give up my solitude
If I could only bring it back to you

I need a riff

©2009 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: Hide in Me
Hide in me
All that you could be... I believe in
Hide in me

You'll never be left in the dark
You'll never find yourself all alone
The future isn't known
It doesn't need to be

Hide in me
All that you could be... I believe in
Hide in me

Your shadow will stray from your soul
The stars will shift, align in even rows
The day, the hour, not yours to know

O Moon of exquisite silver
O Moon of delicious light
You have shone
You have shown
It is well
That which lies in your heart
It is well
That you give what you give

Give what you give
For by love you are defined
I'll meet you at this time tonight

Preserve your sense of somebodiness
The kind of fire no water can put out
Your selflessness burns
It's bound to set you free

Hide in me
All that you could be... I believe in
Hide in me

©2009 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: The Other Side of You
All my wishes will come true
I can see the other side of you

Don't think of all we never got to say
We're simply speaking in a different way
The clouds have left the ground

All my wishes will come true
I can see the other side of you

©2009 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.
Track Name: Sorry to See You Go
I'm sorry to see you go
You have to know
I'm sorry to see you go

We had times
Mighty good times
You have to know
I'm sorry to see you go

When tomorrow starts without me
Place your mind at ease
Not a moment longer than you please

You'll be alrite
All of your light
Turn it on
The sun is warm
It's been that way for so long
Light the pilot and get along

You have to know
I'm sorry to see you go

Always know
I'm sorry to see you go

©2009 Martin Rivas (BMI). All rights reserved.