Released: September 2002

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If the current buzz surrounding Beck's eighth album is to be believed (and it should), the pioneering artist has just created his greatest recording to date. From the first doleful guitar twang of "The Golden Age," you know you're not in Beck's Kansas anymore. A decided departure for the sonically experimental and irreverent artist, Sea Change finds Beck embarking on a musical journey firmly rooted in a willingness to reveal the soul. Scuttlebutt has it that these dozen songs came about on the heels of a failed longtime love. Beck examines heartfelt issues of loss, sadness and recovery with such candor it's like eavesdropping on a therapy session or overhearing a sacred confession. Beck's singing has never been so emotive or raw. "Guess I'm Doing Fine," with its plaintive and acoustic strains, speaks of a denial known all too well by the brokenhearted: "It's only lies that I'm living/It's only tears that I'm crying/It's only you that I'm losing/Guess I'm doing fine." Beck's slow, mournful tone suggests he is anything but fine; it's a brave admission of emotional truth that is startling to behold.

The album's carefully considered orchestrations blatantly turn away from Beck's previous incarnation as the mainstream "Two Turntables and a Microphone" funkmeister and return him solidly to his indie folk/country rock roots. Somber strings, moody self-reflection and arrestingly sweeping textures display a quiet, earnest musicianship plied not for fame or fortune (or for Top 40 radio airplay), but for its own sake. "Side of the Road" dabbles in alt-psychedelia with a hint of country, while "Already Dead," with its clean acoustics and stripped down lyrics, depicts the acknowledgement of--and resignation to--a love turned to dust and irretrievably blown away. The beautifully realized "Round the Bend" is a luscious symphonic song, presented in the same enthralling vein of a Duncan Sheik or Jeff Buckley composition. Beck has made a recording that bucks the trends of the moment and defies all expectations. In doing so he has crafted a meditative masterpiece of powerful resonance for the ages.

-Slant Magazine

Notes: Album string arrangements by David Campbell, Bek's Father.

Tracklist:

The Golden Age
Paper Tiger
Guess I'm Doing Fine
Lonesome Tears
Lost Cause
End Of The Day
It's All In Your Mind
Round The Bend
Already Dead
Sunday Sun
Little One
Side Of The Road
Ship In A Bottle *

Sea Change DVD Info

Lyrics:

The Golden Age

Put your hands on the wheel
Let the golden age begin
Let the window down
Feel the moonlight on your skin
Let the desert wind
Cool your aching head
Let the weight of the world
Drift away instead
Ohh these days I barely get by
I don't even try

It's a treacherous road
With a desolated view
There's distant lights
But here they're far and few
The sun don't shine
Even when it's day
You got to drive all night
Just to feel like you're okay
Ohh these days I barely get by
I don't even try

I don't even try
I don't even try

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Paper Tiger

Just like a paper tiger
Torn apart by idle hands
Through the helter skelter morning
Fix yourself while you still can

No more ashes-to-ashes
No more cinders from the sky
Let all the laws of creation
Tell a dead man how to die

The deserts down below us
And the storms up above
Like a stray dog gone defective
Like a paper tiger in the sun

Looking through a broken diamond
To make the past what should be
Through the ruins and the weather
Capsized boats in the sea

Deserts down below us
The storms up above
Like a stray dog gone defective
Like a paper tiger in the sun

I just hold on to nothing
And see how long nothing lasts
The deserts down below us
And the storms up above
Like a stray dog gone defective
Like a paper tiger in the noon sun

There's one road to the morning
There's one road to the truth
There's one road back to civilization
But there's no road back to you

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Guess I'm Doing Fine

There's a bluebird at my window
I can't hear the songs he sings
All the jewels in heaven
They don't look the same to me
I just wade the tides that turned
'Til I learn to leave the past behind
It's only lies that I'm livin'
It's only tears that I'm cryin'
It's only you that I'm losin'
I guess I'm doing fine

All the battlements are empty
And the moon is laying low
Yellow roses in the graveyard
I got no time to watch them grow
Now I bade a friend farewell
I can do whatever pleases me
It's only lies that I'm livin'
It's only tears that I'm cryin'
It's only you that I'm losin'
I guess I'm doing fine

I press my face up to the window
To see how warm it is inside
I see the things that I've been missing
Missing all this time
It's only lies that I'm livin'
It's only tears that I'm cryin'
It's only you that I'm losin'
I guess I'm doin' fine
I guess I'm doin' fine

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Lonesome Tears

Lonesome tears
I can't cry them anymore
I can't think of what they're for
Oh they ruin me every time

But I'll try
And leave behind some days
These tears just can't erase
I don't need them anymore

How could this love ever-turning
Never turn its eye on me?
How could this love ever-changing
Never change the way I feel?

Lazy sun
Your eyes catch the light
With the promises that might
Come true for a while

Oh I'll ride
Farther than I should
Harder than I could
Just to meet you there

How could this love ever-turning
Never turn its eye on me?
How could this love ever-changing
Never change the way the feel?

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Lost Cause

Your sorry eyes cut through the bone
Make it hard to leave you alone
Leave you here wearing your wounds
Waving your guns at somebody new
Baby you're a lost, baby you're a lost
Baby you're a lost cause

There's too many people you used to know
They see you coming, they see you go
They know your secrets and you know theirs
This town is crazy, nobody cares
Baby you're a lost, baby you're a lost
Baby you're a lost cause
I'm tired of fighting, I'm tired of fighting
Fighting for a lost cause

There's a place where you are going
You ain't never been before
No one laughing at your back now
No one's standing at your door
That's what you thought love was for
Baby you're a lost, baby you're a lost
Baby you're a lost cause
I'm tired of fighting, I'm tired of fighting
Fighting for a lost cause

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End Of The Day

Iíve seen the end of the day come too soon
Not a lot to say, not a lot to do
You played the game, you owe nothing to yourself
Rest a day, for tomorrow you can't tell
You can't tell

I've seen the end of the day come too late
Seen the love you had turning into hate
Had to act like I didn't even care
But I did so I got stranded standing there
Standing there

It's nothing that I haven't seen before
But it still kills me like it did before
No it's nothing that I haven't seen before
But it still kills me like it did before

I've seen the end of the day come too soon
Like the prison dogs they set out after you
You owe nothing to the past but wasted time
To serve a sentence that was only in your mind
In your mind

It's nothing that I haven't seen before
But it still kills me like it did before
No it's nothing that I haven't seen before
But it still kills me like it did before

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It's All In Your Mind

Well it's all in your mind
Well it's all in your mind
Yeah it's all in your mind
Well it's all in your mind
And I wanted to be
And I wanted to be
Your good friend

Well I cannot believe
You got a devil up your sleeve
And he's talking to me
And I cannot believe
And I wanted to be
And I wanted to be
Your good friend

Well you're all scared and stiff
A sick stolen gift
And the people you're with
They're all scared and stiff
And I wanted to be
And I wanted to be
Your good friend

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Round The Bend

We don't have to worry
Life goes where it does
Faster than any bullet
From an empty gun
Turn yourself over
Loose change we could spend
Grinding down diamonds
Round round round the bend
Round round round the bend

People pushing harder
Up against themselves
Make their daggers sharper
Than their faces tan
Babe it's your time now
Loose change we could spend
When we are going
Round round round the bend
Round round round the bend

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Already Dead

Time wears away all the pleasures of the day
All the treasures you could hold
Days turn to sand, losing strength in every hand
They can't hold you anymore
Already dead to me now
Already dead to me now
'Cause it feels like I'm watching something die

Love looks away in the harsh light of the day
On the edge of nothing more
Days fade to black in the light of what they lack
Nothing's measured by what it needs
Already dead to me now
Already dead to me now
'Cause it feels like I'm watching something dying

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Sunday Sun

Haven't got a lot to learn
And my eyes, they stray again
Looking for a satellite
In the rays of heaven again
There's no other ending Sunday sun
Yesterdays are ending, Sunday sun
Ohhhhhh ohhhhhh

Jealous minds walk in a line
And their faces jade the strain
Stranded in infinity rooms
And they're safe from any harm
There's no other ending Sunday sun
Yesterdays are ending, Sunday sun
Ohhhhhh ohhhhhh

There's no other ending Sunday sun
Yesterdays are ending, Sunday sun
There's no other ending Sunday sun
Yesterdays are mending, Sunday sun
Ohhhhhh ohhhhhh

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Little One

Go to sleep, we're so tired now
All together in a snakepit of souls
New days, throw your chains away
Try to hang your hopes on the wind
Little one, just a little way today
All we need is waiting

Night rise like the evening prize
In a turnstile, backwards we fly
Cold bones, tied together by
Black ropes we pulled from a swing
Little one, just a little way today
All our dreams are waking

Can't stand on crooked legs
I'm cross-eyed to the wall
In these harbor lights
Satellites explode

Drown drown, sailors run aground
In a sea-change, nothing is safe
Strange waves push us every way
In a stolen boat, we'll float away
Little one, just a little way today
All we need is waiting

Little one, just a little way today
All our dreams are waking
Little one, hold on, hold on
All our dreams are waking

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Side Of The Road

Something better than this
Some place I'd like to go
To let all I have learned
Tell me what I know
About the kind of life
I never thought I'd live
'Til the ugly truth
Showed me what it did
Let it pass on the side of the road
What a friend could tell me now

On a borrowed dime
In a different light
You will see what
The other side looks like
In a random room
Behind an iron door
Kick an empty can
Across an empty floor
Let it pass on the side of the road
What a friend could tell me now

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Ship In A Bottle *

When I called you in the morning
You were struggling for sense
You were journeying through memories so vicious
You made all your dying wishes
Come true

But I know you're gonna try
To live without love by and by
But that's not living
That's just time going by
Going by, my love

Another ship in the bottle
Has got no place to sail
To see the waves getting darker every hour
The stars have lost their power
In the sky

But I know you're gonna try
To live without love by and by
But that's not livin'
That's just time going by
Going by, my love

* Track 13 (Bonus) on Japanese LP

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