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Another Great South Band collaboration ☺

I wrote this song to support a stalwart of the MJ community who recently showed great courage to share the hard times he has been going through via a forum post.

As to be expected, many Mj’ers rallied round and offered their best wishes and positive vibes.

The metaphorical title of the song came to me whilst reflecting upon the attributes that can help us all stay resilient and strong.

The rest of the lyrics “flowed” quite readily... ☺

Of course, I found it prudent to call upon Philip and Neil to add structure and panache to my demo thoughts, and, as always, they came through with the goods.

Peter Bowen: Music & Lyrics, left guitar (PRS Angelus acoustic with chorus), lead vocals, Logic Drummer, lead guitar (G&L ASAT), mix & master (Ozone 7).
Philip Gardner: Right guitar (Fender MIM Stratocaster); right harmony vocals.
Neil Porter: Bass, B3, drum tweaks, left harmony vocals in outro, mix advice.

Hope you like it. All comments welcome.

Kind regards,

Peter.
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Lyrics
Water Under The Bridge - Peter Bowen (March 2016) CAPO IV

[Am] [C] [D]
It’s lonely, living life on the edge
I’m stranded, teetering on the ledge

Water raging and the river is high
Can’t see help coming; people just walk on by

Then an old guy, shuffling down the aisle
Shook his weary head and stopped to rest awhile

He looked at me, standing up on the ledge
Then he smiled and offered his hand and this is what he said

[Fmaj7] [Em7]
{He said} Life is precious
Though it can drive you mad
Hang on to what you got
Keep the good, discard the bad
Like water under the bridge
Yeah, water under the bridge
Let your troubles run free
Like water under the bridge

I stared down to the valley below
Should I try again? Or pack it in and just let go?

My daughter's cries came from out of the crowd
She said, “I love you dad. Come on home and make us proud.”

(She said) Life is precious
Though it can drive you mad
Hang on to what you got
Keep the good, discard the bad
Like water under the bridge
Yeah, Water under the bridge
Let your troubles run free
Like water under the bridge

Lead over bridge
[F] [G] [Em] [F]
[F] [G] [Am] [Am]

Life is precious
Though it can drive you mad
Hang on to what you got
Keep the good, discard the bad
Like water under the bridge
Yeah, water under the bridge
Let your troubles run free
Like water under the bridge
Water under the bridge
Yeah, water under the bridge
Let your troubles run free
Like water under the bridge
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Plays: 98
Downloads: 9

Uploaded: Mar 22, 2016 - 04:30:32 PM
Last Updated: Mar 22, 2016 - 08:08:11 PM Last Played: Apr 07, 2017 - 03:27:25 PM
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Comments
jiguma said 548 days ago (March 22nd, 2016)
Thanks Peter .........
........ for inviting me along for this one. This really was right up my alley - just the right level of light funk feel that I enjoy. Nice playing from the "2 Ps", and a terrific song to boot. I especially enjoyed your acoustic guitar track Peter, and the vocal sounds great.
GSB lives!
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PeterB7858 said 548 days ago (March 23rd, 2016)
A pleasure
Thanks for coming along for the ride again, Neil. It is a pleasure working with you. Great bass track and the B3 gave the song just the feel it needed. Until next time (hopefully soon, I have another song that might work for us...). Take care.
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J_Gretch said 548 days ago (March 22nd, 2016)
Water Under The Bridge
Wow! This is top notch. Makes me proud to be a part of this place. You guys are an inspiration to say the least. Thanks for sharing.
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PeterB7858 said 548 days ago (March 23rd, 2016)
A blast
Hey, J-man. Thanks for the very kind words. Working with Philip and Neil is a blast. They make my songs sound so much better. Take care.
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DWL said 548 days ago (March 23rd, 2016)
Quality
and starting from a fine sentiment.

Great writing, playing and singing.

Excellent collab guys.

Cheers

Dick
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PeterB7858 said 548 days ago (March 23rd, 2016)
We all...
Thanks very much, Dick. The lads appreciate it. We all go through tough times and we all need support and encouragement to help us through. Take care.
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hackneybloke said 548 days ago (March 23rd, 2016)
WUTB
the autotune has transformed you. not saying you needed transforming but this presents you in a completely new light. love it. it's so cool. great production - excellent musicians. love the organ chord at the end.....yeah!
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PeterB7858 said 548 days ago (March 23rd, 2016)
Surely...
Surely you are not insinuating that I have used electronic trickery to make my dulcet tones even more dulceter? :-) Logic's Flex Pitch is a very good tool to tidy up the wayward notes that didn't quite scale the heights of the required scale. There is also a touch of Chorus on the vocal that may have made it sound "autotunish". I'm glad you liked how the song turned out. It does have that a bit of that cool, Boz Scaggs type of vibe. Philip and Neil joined all the dots. Thanks.
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Skean said 548 days ago (March 23rd, 2016)
Water Under The Bridge (GSB)
Nice collaboration, you guys sound just great, so I will thank you all or the download, cheers.
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PeterB7858 said 548 days ago (March 23rd, 2016)
Honour
Thanks, Kenta. We appreciate your kind words and the honour of a D/L. Take care.
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FEEL said 548 days ago (March 23rd, 2016)
What a mix
for a nice collab. Fine job to all involved.
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PeterB7858 said 548 days ago (March 23rd, 2016)
Same page
Thanks, John. It is always a pleasure working with Neil and Philip. We seem to be mostly on the same page re how a song should develop and their skills are a great asset to any songwriter. Take care.
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scottghorwath said 548 days ago (March 23rd, 2016)
style
i like those kind of vocals mixing well with the police method of playing - gearing up perfectly with the organ and guitar - adding up to a smooth~running Caddy
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PeterB7858 said 548 days ago (March 23rd, 2016)
Road warriors
Hey, Scott. Thanks. We'll take a "smooth-running caddy" accolade any day of the week. GSB now has a tour vehicle :-) Take care.
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MikeRobinson said 547 days ago (March 23rd, 2016)
A great blues song built around a most interesting lick
First of all, I like a blues song, especially one that’s got a message.   A good message, a good mix, and a really good [guitar] lick.   This song grabs and holds your attention right from the opening bars.
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PeterB7858 said 547 days ago (March 23rd, 2016)
Noodling
Thanks for the kind words, Mike. Many of my songs are inspired by acoustic riffs. Eventually all my noodling around pays off :-) Philip and Neil put the icing on the cake. Glad you liked it. Take care.
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Hickling_Stan said 547 days ago (March 24th, 2016)
Enjoyed from start to finish
Like the sentiment, the mix and the performance. kept me engaged from beginning to end. Cool funk light.Missed listening to stuff whilst been away from MJ!
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PeterB7858 said 547 days ago (March 24th, 2016)
Dudes
Thanks, Mark. Glad you thought this made it worth a re-visit to MJ. The dudes from down-under appreciate your kind words. Take care.
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grah3am said 547 days ago (March 24th, 2016)
Warm Sound
Smooth production that flows like, well, water under a bridge.
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PeterB7858 said 547 days ago (March 24th, 2016)
Warmish
Thanks, Graham. Warm and fuzzy, that's us metrosexual Aussie blokes. Pass the Pinot, Warren... :-) Thanks for dropping by. Take care.
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Doug Somers said 545 days ago (March 25th, 2016)
Water
What a gift! You're a good man. You guys sound great - guitar and bass work is fine stuff (that flourish you use is a great ornament to your lick). Solos, soar like the life spirit you're celebrating. I especially like your lyrics - their metaphor is something we could all do well to heed. Mix sounds great too. I have nothing to offer but kudos guys (and my thanks for the dload).
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PeterB7858 said 544 days ago (March 26th, 2016)
Shine On
Hey, Doug. Kind words! The pleasure is all ours. Neil, Philip and I enjoy working together and they really add the shine to my songs. Glad you liked the mix. I have been watching tutorials and spending extra time on song production. Neil's help is invaluable, as well of course. Take care.
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sammydix said 545 days ago (March 26th, 2016)
This
sounds wonderful, Peter. Very nice mix. Rather funky-ish too. I could picture Dire Straights doing a remake.
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PeterB7858 said 544 days ago (March 26th, 2016)
GSB rules :-)
Thanks, Sam. It does have that laid back Straits vibe. I appreciate your kudos re the mix (see Doug above). Always great to work with Philip and Neil. May there be many more :-)
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echoroom said 544 days ago (March 27th, 2016)
Lovely production
And a lovely smooth feel to this. Great rhythms, and a lovely easy feel. Perfect for a Sunday morning!
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PeterB7858 said 544 days ago (March 27th, 2016)
A-game
Thanks, Steve. Glad you liked our smooth Sunday special. The boys brought their A-game and gave the song the lift it needed. Take care.
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paul f. page said 542 days ago (March 29th, 2016)
Arrangement is tops!!!
...and the mix of all elements in this groovy song are about as perfect as they can be. I don't know how you bring all these elements together with other collaborators, but it feels like an "in house" mix to me. The bass is particularly fine in this recording, drums adding just the right touch in support of the whole number. Beautiful song, beautifully performed. Nice.
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PeterB7858 said 542 days ago (March 29th, 2016)
Virtual house
Thanks, Paul. We have done 5 or 6 songs together now so we are getting a "virtual house" thing going :-) Glad you thought it all came together well. We appreciate your kind words. Take care.
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J.A.Stewart said 542 days ago (March 29th, 2016)
Keep Stroking
A sensible philosophical song about surviving the tides we encounter in the sea of life. Sometimes we can lazily float downstream and sometimes we have to paddle furiously against the current, just to survive.

Terrific job on the song, Peter and your vocal presentation is smooth and sure. Philip and Neil's musical contributions keep the song on a calm and steady course throughout this musical voyage.

Nice job on a very sweet-sounding track, guys. ;)

--- Joe
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PeterB7858 said 542 days ago (March 29th, 2016)
Adventures...
Thanks, J.A. The lyrics flowed from the title theme and the boys jumped on board the raft with me to explore. Glad you thought this riverboat ticket was worthwhile. Take care.
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Narad said 539 days ago (April 1st, 2016)
Water Under The Bridge
Thanks for the water under the bridge. Your music is flowingly good and reflecting ! :)
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PeterB7858 said 536 days ago (April 4th, 2016)
Appreciative
Thanks, Harald. Been fishing for a few days (again :-)), so a bit late. We appreciate your taking time to listen and the kind words. Take care.
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Sigmund said 538 days ago (April 1st, 2016)
Water Under The Bridge
Hi Peter - Sorry I'm late for this one - thanks for the heads up! Great groove and an all star lineup makes this tune stand out. I must say I'm impressed at how good this tune sounds without the need for tons of bells and whistles - something I often have a hard time accomplishing. Nice solo by Philip, smooth and solid rhythm from Neil, and your songwriting is, as always, top notch. I enjoyed this guys - great collab!
Sig
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PeterB7858 said 536 days ago (April 4th, 2016)
Stripped back
Thanks for dropping by, Sig. We appreciate it. Yeah, things tend to get stripped back to essentials when Neil is involved in a project, which is often the correct call. Glad you liked what we put together. The lead guitar work is me for a change :-) Talk soon, my friend. Take care.
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mystrag said 538 days ago (April 2nd, 2016)
Strong and resilient
You are one of the many who make this community stay resilient. A great song with great contributions from all who involved. The guitar solo really shines. Cheers.
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PeterB7858 said 536 days ago (April 4th, 2016)
Talented friends
Thanks, Jay. I appreciate your kind words. MJ gives me far more than I give back. Glad you liked the message and the song. It is great to work with talented friends on a project. Take care.
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mfwmiles said 535 days ago (April 5th, 2016)
panache indeed
funky and delicious, and full of meaning. a tight band, and great production...nice changes.
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PeterB7858 said 532 days ago (April 7th, 2016)
Pleasure
Thanks for dropping by, Michael. I'm sure the boys appreciate your kind words. It was a pleasure to have them along on this song. Take care.
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Pixiemixer said 533 days ago (April 7th, 2016)
smooth
Nice groove to this, like it, and poignant lyrics too
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PeterB7858 said 532 days ago (April 7th, 2016)
Groove
Thanks, Pixieman. The groove set me in motion, too. We gotta help each other any way we can. We appreciate you stopping by for a listen. Take care.
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kingkenny said 530 days ago (April 9th, 2016)
Reminds me of...
Gordon Downie, the singer from Tragically Hip that was big here in Canada and still has a good following. Have a good bud that moved to Australia. I think he might even live in your area. Small world. Great song.
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PeterB7858 said 529 days ago (April 11th, 2016)
Tragically Hip Operation...
Thanks for dropping by. Haven't heard of Gordon Downie but I will chase him up. One thing I know though, I have never been called "hip", tragically or otherwise :-) Australia is a great place to live. The water is warm and the sharks are big :-) The boys appreciate your kudos re the song. Take care.
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MarkHolbrook said 525 days ago (April 15th, 2016)
Thank you Peter
I got the note, I finally found the time and I realize I missed something amazing!

Thank you for your wonderful words, your amazing talent. It has inspired me to get back on the horse again and hang on a little tighter this time.
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PeterB7858 said 524 days ago (April 15th, 2016)
Heartened
Thanks, Mark. I am really glad you liked this and heartened to know that it might have lifted your spirits a bit. Having Philip and Neil along never fails to make my songs shine brighter. Take care, my friend. Kind regards, Peter.
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MarkHolbrook said 525 days ago (April 15th, 2016)
I should add
A big thank you to Neil and Philip as well.

The sound reflects the talent! Nicely done!
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PeterB7858 said 524 days ago (April 15th, 2016)
Dudes
Yep, the dudes from down under know how to add just the right amount of special sauce. Thanks.
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VicDiesel said 518 days ago (April 22nd, 2016)
Water
Very nice ensemble work.
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PeterB7858 said 511 days ago (April 29th, 2016)
Thanks
Thanks, Vic. The boys appreciate you dropping by. Take care.
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Franciscus_Henri said 511 days ago (April 29th, 2016)
great sound ,beautifully recorded
and excellent vocals. good one Peter!
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PeterB7858 said 511 days ago (April 29th, 2016)
Happy
Thanks, Franc. It was great to put this together with Philip and Neil. I was happy with how it turned out. Take care.
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selters said 510 days ago (April 30th, 2016)
Strong lyrics
Really like the guitar work on this. Good vocals. The production is very smooth. Nice and strong lyrics, paired with a great performance and mix, makes a very good song.
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PeterB7858 said 498 days ago (May 12th, 2016)
Sorry
Sorry for being late in replying, Magnus. Thanks so much for dropping by. Glad you liked what we put together. We appreciate your kind words. Take care.
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thetiler said 506 days ago (May 4th, 2016)
Cool style, enjoy the way the song lyrics flow
and so much more. Like the James Taylor feel to this. Terrific bass that jells so well with the melodic singing. So much of this song is, so well done and so tasty! Tasty guitar licks that dangle and jangle in such appropriate areas of the composition. Like how you use the title of the song in the right areas. Cool lead guitar and so much more!
Way to go!
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PeterB7858 said 498 days ago (May 12th, 2016)
Nod :-)
Hey, Bill. Thanks for having a listen to this one from the boys down under. I agree re how the bass sits in the song. Will also take a JT nod any day of the week. We appreciate you dropping by. Take care.
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Bowman said 495 days ago (May 15th, 2016)
A solid song
that matches your good intentions.
The good vibes are wonderful.
Much enjoyed Peter,
Cheers,
Charlie
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PeterB7858 said 495 days ago (May 15th, 2016)
Intentions
Thanks for the kind words, Charlie. Good vibes and good intentions are what it was all about. The dudes from downunder appreciate your support. Take care.
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ConnieO said 494 days ago (May 16th, 2016)
Nice Song
Cool lyrics.
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PeterB7858 said 493 days ago (May 17th, 2016)
Glad
Thanks, Connie. Glad you liked the song. We thank you for dropping by. Take care.
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Sudra said 493 days ago (May 16th, 2016)
Damn this is good
Totally laid back and natural vibe. Fantastic job.
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PeterB7858 said 493 days ago (May 17th, 2016)
The lads... :-)
Hey, thank, Eric. The lads appreciate your kind words. Glad you liked what we put together. Take care.
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