"Across the Sea"
is the fifth track on Pinkerton
and is generally considered a fan favorite. It is the midway segment between Pinkerton
's first half (the dropped Songs from the Black Hole material), its second half, the material written at Harvard. Cuomo remarked: "When I got the letter, I fell in love with her. It was such a great letter. I was very lonely at the time, but at the same time I was very depressed that I would never meet her. Even if I did see her, she was probably some fourteen-year-old girl, who didn't speak English." The song was written about a letter that Rivers received from a Japanese fan girl. In many ways, "Across the Sea" is symbolic. (more...