Sea of Clouds

by Martin Rivas

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1.
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.
2.
A New Word 04:11
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.
3.
Heckuva Day 02:15
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.
4.
Eclipse 02:58
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.
5.
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.
6.
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.
7.
Burn Alrite 03:20
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.
8.
Turtle 02:36
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.
9.
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.
10.
Hide in Me 04:04
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.
11.
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.
12.
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.

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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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