Sea and Fog

from MÉLANGE by Erika Ji

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An ethereal, impressionist art song of longing for transcendence and beauty. Based on Eugene O’Neill’s play, A Long Day’s Journey Into Night.


On the Squarehead rigger,
Bound for Buenos Aires.
Full moon in the Trades.

Lying on the bowsprit,
Water foaming below,
Masts towering above,
Every sail white with moonlight.

I became drunk with beauty,
Drunk with the singing rhythm and beauty,
Drunk with the lyrical swell and sway and beauty, ah!

I dissolved in the sea,
Became white sails and flying spray
And sparkling deep.

I belonged within unity and wild joy
And something greater than me or mankind;
I belonged to Life itself.

So I yearn
Ever for the sea,
For the veil might draw back,

For a moment, true meaning,
A moment fulfilled with palpable meaning,
A moment at last divine, glorious meaning, ah!

Then the veil falls
And I am lost in the fog.

Truth hides in the heavy murk.
Time crushes us to the earth.

Sink ourselves in fog.
Drink ourselves to death.
Sink ourselves in fog.
Drink ourselves to death.

The fog is the ghost of the sea,
And man, with his lousy, pitiful, greedy fears and hopes and dreams,
Man is the ghost within the ghost.


from MÉLANGE, released July 20, 2019
Based on the play Long Day’s Journey Into Night by Eugene O’Neill
Text Adaptation, Additional Lyrics, and Music by Erika Ji
Vocals by Matthew Billman
Piano by Nathan Cheung
Recorded and Mixed by Chris Gilroy at Douglass Recording


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Erika creates music that tells stories. With a love for soaring melodies and dramatic emotions, Erika draws inspiration from the lush soundscapes of classical music, the character-driven storytelling of musical theatre, and the authentic heart of indie folk and pop. ... more

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