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Across the River

Si Twining
This song is about pursuing hard-to-attain goals in the face of skepticism from people around you. It also says that there is nothing wrong with

Another Day

Si Twining
This is about the inanity of TV and fighting in the aisles that has occurred on some of the talk shows. There’s no important comment

Barren Ground

Si Twining
In this song, we try to show another angle on how the reckless actions of people today, actions taken with no precautions for protecting the

Carry the Water

Si Twining
This is a pretty straightforward song about making the effort and reaching out to someone who needs a hand. It’s a simple statement, but definitely

China Doll

Si Twining
Again, note the expansive roles played by both electric guitar and drums, giving the song a more “jazz” than “pop” feel. I believe there’s an

Country Doctor

Si Twining
Hornsby is a master of the dark tale, as has been shown in Valley Road and other songs. Often, he has disguised the meaning of

Defenders of the Flag

Si Twining
Earlier, we saw how Bruce had tapped into political sentiment in Look Out Any Window. Similarly, Defenders of the Flag and Jacob’s Ladder reveal a

Down the Road Tonight

Si Twining
When we were kids we’d hear about some joint in town or some trailer out in the country that was a gathering place for nameless

Every Little Kiss

Si Twining
The premise of this song is how poorer families are broken up when the husband or father has to get a job far away in

Fields of Gray

Si Twining
I think this song is beautiful. Thematically, we might link it to “I Will Walk With You” on Scenes from the Southside. Indeed, browsing through

Fire on the Cross

Si Twining
In this song, we tried to create the darkness and threat of the violent, white-supremacist groups and their twisted ways of trying to justify attacks

Fortunate Son

Si Twining
(Fortunate Son reviewed with Resting Place) Two extremely thoughtful songs, demonstrating Hornsby’s determination not to leave any stone untouched in his commentary of the human

Harbor Lights

Si Twining
The song starts with one of those mellow piano ditties that are so characteristic of Bruce (Song C, Song D, beginning of The Show Goes

Hot House Ball

Si Twining
OK, OK – after about 18 months of people mailing me with this one, I finally get round to writing this song up properly. Hot

I Will Walk With You

Si Twining
Till the Dreaming’s Done and I Will Walk With You. Here are two love songs which, under normal circumstances, would be highlights for most albums. However,

Jacob’s Ladder

Si Twining
Jacob’s Ladder runs along a very similar theme to the Phil Collins’ hit, “Jesus He Knows Me”, released in 1992. Basically, we have an ordinary

King of the Hill

Si Twining
Immediately, the listener is plunged into an upbeat, jazzy vamp. It is a great way to kick off the record, and easily gets the listener’s

Line in the Dust

Si Twining
Thinking back to Bruce’s previous albums, there has usually been some kind of “introductory gesture” in the words or music of the opening song on

Long Tall Cool One

Si Twining
This song has taken a while to grow on me, but now I could listen to it all night. No real message to the song,

Longest Night

Si Twining
This is a generally, mellow songs that seem to be set in fairly chilled gatherings, so I’ll not spoil it with my interpretive ramblings. “Longest Night”

Look Out Any Window

Si Twining
Though I had been aware of The Way It Is for two years, it was actually Look Out Any Window and Valley Road, heard on

Lost Soul

Si Twining
This is about a person who, in the song’s words, felt he “didn’t fit in anywhere.” There’s nothing more to say here that’s not said

Mandolin Rain

Si Twining
Plainly, this song is about missing someone badly. And it’s about trying to pull through when so many things remind you of her – a

Night on the Town

Si Twining
This is a story song that has a couple of social observations. Some boys go out drinking and shooting pool and get into a big

On the Western Skyline

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This is one of the earlier tunes in what bassist Joe Puerta called our “bucolic rock” style. I think Bruce originally wrote the music just