The Junction of the Two Rivers

I Wont Let You Down
Brother Joe
Hang on to that Last Ray of Hope
Yesterday is Finsihed with You
Dark as a Dungeon
Deliberately Free
Kingdom Land
Sweet Rain
My Name is Jimmy Goverener
You'll never find another me
One Kind Favour
The Junction of the Two Rivers

Most of the tunes on this album are inspired by wild places in my heart, memory and soul. Indeed the music, arrangements and sounds we have created for this are meant to transport you there, whether this theme is explicit in the lyric or not. "I Wont Let You Down" is a love song set in a re-ocurring dream at what could have been the end of love if we hadn't done something about it. "Brother Joe" is a prayer for a long lost friend travelling in a dark wilderness of his own making, but not at all helped by history and the injustices done to his folk. "Hang on to that Last Ray of Hope" I wrote thinking about the eternal marriage bewteen doomed enterprises and cruel twists of fate - like the guy at the refugee centre I tried to help who was about to be sent back to a country where, in his eyes, certain torture and prison awaited him. His problem seemed to me that he was born in the wrong place at the wrong time and that his entire life had conspired against him. Or like someone else I knew, terminally ill with his life hanging by a thread. What these two tragedies had me thinking was that no matter how dark and impossible the path in front of a person seems, a resilliant instinct, pure and bright, will push you on to search for an opening. "Yesterday is Finished with You" is a BE HERE NOW song. The original version of "Dark as a Dungeon" by Merle Travis was a waltz. I hope he's not turning is his grave at our uppity 4/4 version of it. I used to sing it at campfies. "Deliberately Free" has several real and imagined characters rolled into it and at least two wild places - there was this hermit who lived down on the southern end of Bruny Island in Tasmania years ago, hidden away in the forest behind this forgotten bay where we used to go surfing. Another character I used to know went slightly off the rails for a while and lived under the banksias behind the dunes a bit closer to where I come from. Sitting out there with him by the fire in the middle of the night with the roar of the sea as a backdrop, a bottle of Jim Beam and a couple of fish in the ashes - now that was somethin' else and there's a few more songs where that one came from. "Kingdom Land" I first heard on one of those Lomax Prison Song collections - cuts straight through me everytime and its a good one to sing to the river in the morning when the mist is rising. "Sweet Rain" : sweet rain accross the ranges falling on the sand, sweet rain in sweeping curtains to feed a thirsty land... and as a prelude to the following song. "My Name is Jimmy Governer" based on the tragic story of the Governer brothers, who came to be known as the Breelong Blacks, two aboriginal lads who went on a killing rampage over 100 years ago now, out the back of the ranges where I come. There are many versions of this story going around. The version in this song is from a chapter in a book called "A MiIllion Wild Acres" by the self-taught farmer/historian and naturalist Eric Rolls. "You'll Never Find Another Me" is a song of jealousy, frustration and fear. Good friends in small doses but lookout! Marc kicks in at track 11 with his fine vocal/bandoneon version of "One Kind Favour", a traditional blues song of unknown origin about a man facing the equally unknown with God at his side. And we end it all with the title track "The Junction of the Two Rivers" which I suppose is an ode to a place I believe has left its mark on me forever, like some strange pagan curse it won't let me go and there is something in this song that is in all of my songs and there is nothing I can do about.