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Dirty Water

by David Bridie

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Previously unreleased track from The Wisdom Line recording sessions.


There’s too much dirty water in my system once again
Out driving with the Lost Boys in the barren lands—
There’s only so much poison I can fight at the one time
better drain the oil better give myself a clean,
there’s damage to the fuel tank better make it look pristine

Wind the mountain road down till we hit the golden plain 
go easy on the hairpin bends they've got a reputation 
the hail belts down into your face, but don't you ev’ complain
if you take the privileges it goes with the terrain 
when you've got the dirty water running through your system once again

I been drinking like a Twister, sleeping off my head
Hiding from all certainty, well that was the intent,
Hang out in the parking lot with all the smoking men
Or deep down in the basement where the light cannot get in
when you’ve got the dirty water riding through your system once again

there’s too much dirty water in my system once again
I lost the rhythm in my breath I’m hyperventilating
Watch out for the pirates they all creep up in the night
they hang back off the islands, keep well out of sight
they'll kill you given half the chance, they’ve got no sense of wrong or right

blood and water oil and water blood and water oil and water

It seems there’s nothing given and for certain nothing gained
the country is not for motion the ladies not for change
the bass speakers distorting in the late night bar
the woman with the smudged mascara comes gives you the eye
you take the late night taxi home, though it is not far to home

blood and water oil and water blood and water oil and water


released December 10, 2022
Michael Barker - drums
Paul Cartwright - bass
JP Shilo - guitar
David Bridie - piano/vocals
Mixed by Ian Caple

Photo by Ali MC


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David Bridie Melbourne, Australia

David Bridie is a multi award winning songwriter and composer.
Founding member of Not Drowning Waving and My Friend the Chocolate Cake.


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