Radiocity Album Stories
Bridge Across The Harbour
Everyone has somewhere they run to when the world gets on top of them. Most
places have a landmark that you see when you get there. When I see that bridge
across the harbour I know I’ve reached my safe haven.
Morgan’s Creek is an imaginary town in the heart of Australia. It’s the kind
of small town you have to leave in order to see the world, but it’s also the
kind of place you end up back home in, settling down. The song is about the
homecoming of someone who’s been away travelling but has now come home to a
lover who’s been waiting for them for a long time. The lyrics also try to
portray the world weariness of the traveller and the fact that Morgan’s Creek is
a sanctuary from the madness of the world. Finally, it deals with the dangers
and opportunities of travelling, angel looking devils and kissing friends.
This is a song about falling in love with someone unsuitable. In particular,
they’re unreliable, in that they gave you their love and then took it away
again. Because of this, the singer’s dreams have died, with them no longer
believing in dragons (or other magic). The lyrics also hint that the singer
stood out on a limb for the subject of the song, specifically between the flame
(of passion) and the truth (of daily co-existence) and how you need to broker
co-existence (or build bridges) between the two.
Choice Not Freedom (Are You Really?)
This is all about a certain person from a remote town who met a traveller on
the road (the singer) and struck up a relationship with them. The individual
concerned had been married but the relationship broke up. Instead of a second
commitment, they got involved with the singer for a mostly physical relationship
that was bound to end when the traveller resumed their journey. Of course,
choices can be limited, whereas freedom is not, but many of us confuse choice
Bed Of Rhythm
This is pure sex really. It’s all about the realisation that you fancy
someone with whom you’ve been friends for some time. It’s also about doing the
right thing, knowing that the object of your desires had a prior relationship
that wasn’t right for them (never went as far as wishes). There’s a very obvious
sexual proposition running throughout the song.
Light Of The Day
This is about a young person who’s grown up in an industrial city where the
old businesses have been closed down. They need to move on to a new place to get
a start in life. They’ve seen their father used, and in some ways exploited, by
their employers over the years. Now the industry that he gave his working life
to won’t provide employment to his children. The middle eight is a rejection of
politicians who promise solutions but don’t deliver them. It’s also about
keeping the old traditions and memories no matter where you end up in life.
Family of Nations
This song is on two levels really and was inspired by being trapped in the
corner of a pub by an old bloke who just wanted someone to rant off at. On the
big level, it’s about the fact that it’s just as important to win the peace as
it is to win a war. There’s a certain resentment I’m sure even nowadays against,
for example German or Japanese goods by those who fought against those nations
in the Second World War. There’s also a certain resentment against the older
folk in a family by the younger ones who want to forge new friendships. By the
way, you are far more likely to be killed by someone you know as then there’s a
reason to have an argument that might lead to violence.
Paint My Dreams
This is about those people who are visionaries and have the courage to stand
in a minority of one. It’s all about having a vision of the future and being
prepared to work for it, no matter the cost. It’s also about the pen being
mightier than the sword, and how it’s hard to fight against an idea.
How Katie Feels
After September 11th there were a lot of memorial services for fire fighters
who had been killed at ground zero. A friend of mine at junior school had lost
her father when he went on a routine fire fighting job. After the papers
reported his death, no one remembered him. So I wondered how Katie felt watching
the memorials for the heroes of the New York Fire Department. This is a true
story, by the way.
How Do You Take It?
Ever tried getting rid of someone who won’t accept that a relationship is
over? The break-up is due to the changes that the subject has gone through (I
love your bones but I don’t recognise you). The chorus deals with the singer’s
desire to end the romance (and how to achieve that) while the verses express the
singer’s regrets and observations on the situation.