Under The Southern Cross

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Couple of weeks back we played back some early PBGB recordings while packing up aprés Sesh.

Neil's song ' Under The Southern Cross' popped up. It must have been five years since we last heard it. Neil's ears pricked up. We thought it sounded pretty smart. We chatted...............realised we had never posted it on the PBGB blog.

'Why not ?' we wondered. Buggered if we knew.

"Well let's do it" .

So Neil dug the Logic files up and had a bit of a fiddle. Added a dash of this and dab of that. Fine-tuned the mix as it were.

We recorded it back in 2011.

Neil wrote the song in response to the then recent Severe Tropical Cyclone Yasi which seriously lashed the coast of Queensland. It also drove some beautiful lines of swell down to Pambula. Good for us, not so good for Queensland !

Back then, Neil, Chris Ralfs (once aptly described by Jenny Halper as ' the Grizzled Bass Warrior' ) and Pete jammed regularly as a threesome in The Shed.

So that's Neil singing and playing guitar and some keyboard overlays, Chris on bass, and Pete on drums.

Still not sure why we didn't post it back then !

From Neil:

So, it's in 5/4 and it's about a cyclone.

Recorded live in The Shed late in 2011 by Chris, Pete and Neil one hot afternoon, and then augmented by keyboards, tambourine and a new vocal in February 2017 after finding the file on a rarely used hard drive.

Tweaked with 2017 technology, we are very pleased with how this came out.

We are now on the hunt for more old files to see what other gems are there :)

lyrics

Under The Southern Cross
©2011 Neil Porter

Dark night
Under the Southern Cross
Hold tight
Hold tight

Star bright
Look at the things we lost
Do right
Do right

Dark night
Under the Southern Cross
Hold tight
Hold tight
Hold tight

Big rain
Out of the southern sky
Big fright
Big fright

Hard pain
After the longest dry
Not right
Not right

Dark night
Under the Southern Cross
Hold tight
Hold tight
Hold tight

Hold tight, hold tight

SOLO

Don’t know
How much it’s going to cost
Hold tight
Hold tight

Can’t say
How many lives are lost
Hold tight
Hold tight

Dark night
Under the Southern Cross
Hold tight
Hold tight
Hold tight

credits

from PBGB JUKEBOX, released December 19, 2011
Chris Ralfs - Bass
Peter Reid - Drums
Neil Porter - Vocal, Guitars, Percussion, Keyboards, Production, Writer

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