The Pacific Ocean

by Pickering Pick

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1.
Caballero 01:43
2.
Pacific Hymn 05:05
Youth, like light, it’s not real, it reflects your age Like sound, like waves Time, like age, is not fair; it destroys your light Like smoke Like night And here in time my age has fit me well Skin on skin, like waves coming in, coming in And drifting out again Waves spreading light are not real They reflect your time like sound, like age Here, with time my age has fit me well
3.
I went down firing It was the noblest thing I’ve ever done My best friend killed me with one perfect bullet I saw the sky living as I died There are two kinds of people There are two ways to be You can go down firing or you can remain with your life I chose mine, I chose my friend, living as I died
4.
For Lydia 02:22
See I have kept the greatest sadness to myself I have kept a record of unfortunate despair And Lydia, for whom I have the greatest affection Is in another country far away from my attention Well I suppose I have arrived at something more than I expected I believe I am much better off with what I have I would hope the same is true for Lydia though I cannot say for sure Perhaps she’s lying wide awake and wishing she had something more There are a few things time and distance cannot alter There are a few things I would say now if I had the chance There is a space I fear is occupied by Lydia And frozen as it is in time I cannot justify it being there So all the time I spect committing this to memory Was time apart from living outside in the bitterness And Lydia, who knows no greater advocate than innocence Is far away from my protection or deliverance
5.
The greatest invention the Devil unleashed upon us is failure Then we watched our favorite friends try and try and try And we assumed our value was in what we had created But our only value was in what we were And we rose with the sun And we went down with the same The smallest love the Devil had for his invention Was greater than our attempt to beat it But we tried and we tried and we tried And everyone I know is safe from harm But so involved in failure not knowing where their value lies Everyone I know has so much value And go down with the sun And we rise up with the same
6.
Olema 04:53
You used to be so courageous Now you’re only brave I was jealous of the heat from your perfect flame I watched it burn, it just grew higher It just got louder I watched you burn You just got stronger You got brighter I watched the sun break on your perfect yellow beacon You disappeared into the details of your life And I watched it burn so bright
7.
Most men don’t mind if taken for a ride It’s not usually worse than wounded pride But I didn’t like it when you lied You shouldn’t take advantage of me Just say if you’ll end it today Or string it out for another year Should we go our separate ways Or hold each other here? I’m not thinking of excuses to go I’ve got all day and I think you should know That I’d appreciate it if you would show Kindness to me if you’re going to go Just say if you’ll end it today Or string it out for another year Should we go our separate ways Or hold each other here?
8.
Oh Valentine 03:36
Oh Valentine, you made me smile And gave me life for a minute more Oh demon, time, don't take it Let me live it forever more I have brought you books and wine I have brought you a lemon tree You have said you’ll be my wife And hold me dear most constantly You have wounds upon your hands They are scars upon your eyes I have time enough to breathe the smoke in Watch it curling through the sky Oh separation, like a mirror Holds you in my constant view Just beyond the light reflected There is a blackness passing through Oh Valentine, you made me smile And gave me life for a minute more Oh demon, time, don't take it, spare it Let me live it forever more
9.
Oh Love Oh Great Pacific I am only just beginning to know...
10.

about

I wrote and recorded the songs on The Pacific Ocean in the early spring of 2007, at my home in California. I didn't have a proper recording studio at the time, and so I would often wait until late at night, when everyone had gone to bed, and I would open the door and move my microphones outside where it was humid and the crickets were singing. Set up on the little deck, underneath the stars, I could breathe. The songs gained a new space and form, and the album grew around that aesthetic.

Listening to it now, after all this time, it feels like a scrappy collection of songs - it sounds like I was moving in two or three different directions, musically, which I suppose perhaps I was. Instrumentals, soft electronica, as well as the familiar acoustic folk.

When I released The Pacific Ocean I was in the middle of a fertile period, writing and recording a lot. 2004-2008 was followed by a break in which I moved and built my current studio, then released the Yer Bird albums, starting with Tiger Balm in 2010.

I hope you enjoy this gentle remaster of an album I'm still not quite sure about! Thanks for listening.

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released May 1, 2007

All songs written and performed by Pickering Pick. Produced in California by Sam Pickering Pick. © 2007 Infinite Love. All Rights Reserved.

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