The Melbourne Divide (2015)

by Danny McDonald

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The Melbourne Divide Danny McDonald (Perfect Pitch Publishing), 2013 Too thick to drink it, too thin to plough It’s the Melbourne divide – you’re north or you’re south The mud and the refuse, and God knows what else It’s not a water supply, not a picture of health But it breaks up the buildings and it breaks up the streets Her murky façade creates a mystique Invisible river, industrial dump She flows upside down and chokes Punt Road The history that she holds The culture, down it flows Steady as she goes The culture down it flows


"Melbourne is a city divided by a river. The muddy, much-loved Yarra runs smack bang down the middle of the southern and northern suburbs, creating a sense of physical and cultural separation.

Perhaps it’s more apparent to me as a part-time resident, but it seems that each side of the city has distinct qualities which both reflect and help to shape the people that inhabit them. The Yarra is what exists in between, equally separating and uniting the two.

A lot has been written about the Yarra River over the years. One of the enduring impressions for some is that it doesn’t really serve any useful purpose other than for recreation.

From my perspective, the Yarra gives life and vibrancy to Melbourne’s otherwise ordinary landscape. And while it may never function as a hard, tangible piece of economic infrastructure, it will always be fundamental to defining our sense of place, culture and identity."

-- Danny McDonald, 2014


released April 14, 2015

Written by Danny McDonald (Perfect Pitch Publishing) 2013

Produced and engineered by Nick Batterham

Danny McDonald - Vocals and guitar
Dave Kleynjans - Drums and percussion
Nick Batterham - Guitar, keyboards, glockenspiel
Paul Inglis – Bass guitar

Taken from PB100, Popboomerang Records’ 100th release, 2015

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