Ballad of the Briny

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"Ballad of the Briny"
Demo by Rivers Cuomo
Album Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years
Released 2020
Recorded 2010
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
Producer(s) Shawn Everett
Status Released
This song is part of the "Blue Dream" lineage of songs

"Ballad of the Briny" (formerly "Ballad of the Brine") is a song demoed by Rivers Cuomo.

Appearances

Overview

A short clip was uploaded to Cuomo's YouTube channel in January of 2011. The same year, AllThingsWeezer member Bleed0range confirmed the song's title from Cuomo's assistant Sarah Kim (albeit spelled as "Ballad of the Briney")[1]. The narrative aspect of the song led many fans to believe that Cuomo was developing a sea-themed concept album at the time, though Cuomo would later confirm this was not the case. The melodies are taken from an earlier demo known as "Now or Later".

On August 21, 2020, Cuomo confirmed[2] to members of the Riverchat chatroom that the Van Weezer track "Blue Dream" was a reworking of "Ballad of the Briny". On November 20, 2020, three demos of the song were released on the digital compilation Alone XI: The EWBAITE Years.

Plot

The video uploaded by Cuomo briefly flashes text that can be made out:

He fell in love with her on the night before the Resolution (the ship)... her squalid life in a brothel to take her with him to Amer[ica.]
.. her but finds that Captain Buttress is having sex with her... Captain Buttress with his pants down yells at Mortimer, "get back here"...
[Morti]mer stays up for the remainder of the night on the deck of the ship and... at sunrise jumps overboard... [as he loses] conciousness...
he feels super happy and blissful as he hallucinates... then all goes black.

The song appears to be sung from the point-of-view of the character Mortimer Collins. The video also contains the name of the female character, Candace, as well as the antagonist, Captain Duke Buttress.

Gallery

Video clip

Lyrics

November version

The fishes are my friends
Here beneath the sea
Swimming all around
They're foot-massaging me

The octopus says "Hi"
I say to him "What's up?"
I go to bump his fist
But he got too much love

I'm at home here in the briny
Since I've found out you don't want me

The crew thought I was nuts
Jumping off the edge
But what'd I have to lose?
Except pains inside my head
Except pains inside my heart
They wouldn't let me be
Now I'm better off
Yeah, I've been set free

And I'm at home here in the briny
Since I've found out you don't want me
Yeah, I'm at home here in the briny
Since I've found out you don't want me

January/September versions

The fishes are my friends
Here beneath the sea
Swimming all around
They're foot-massaging me

The octopus says "Hi"
I say "How do you do?"
He's quite the gentleman
To give me eight salutes

I'm at home here in the briny
Since I've found out you don't want me

The crew thought I was nuts
Jumping overboard
But what'd I have to lose?
Except pains inside my gourd
Except pains inside my heart
They wouldn't let me be
Now I'm better off
Captain of the sea

And I'm at home here in the briny
Since I've found out you don't want me
Yeah, I'm at home here in the briny
Since I've found out you don't want me

I went to schools
I went to ministry
But they don't match the soothing of the sea
I'm back where I began my primal life
I am dissolved into the murky brine

(You wanted me to be a practical man,
And now I see how things were)

And I'm at home here in the briny
Since I've found out you don't want me

See also