Bruce Watson | Real World: Songs of Life, Love and Laughter

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Real World: Songs of Life, Love and Laughter

by Bruce Watson

Joyful, hilarious, quirky and thought provoking and totally engaging original songs from one of Australia's foremost songwriters and performers in the folk style.
Genre: Folk: Singer/Songwriter
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Amazon
4:40 $0.99
2. Accident of Birth
4:18 $0.99
3. The Pretentious Song
2:30 $0.99
4. Isa
4:28 $0.99
5. Silent Conversations
4:35 $0.99
6. The Prince Charles Royal Talking Blues
4:56 $0.99
7. Farewell Comrades
4:09 $0.99
8. Trenches
4:36 $0.99
9. My Best Friend
4:14 $0.99
10. Real World Lullaby
3:29 $0.99
11. Procrastination
3:45 $0.99
12. Can't See the Forest for the Trees
4:14 $0.99
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Album Notes
Real World is Bruce Watson’s second album, with a fabulous smorgasbord of songs and beautiful arrangements covering a wide range of topics and moods. It is all captured in the sub-title: Songs of Life Love and Laughter

Bruce’s singing and guitar are complemented by some very fine musicians: Janine Lancaster, Graham Witt, Ellen Hundley, Dave Rackham, Peter Vadiveloo, George Papantoniu, Orietta Burgos, Stephen Wright, Helen Wright, Jenny Simpson, Meg Macdonald and Roger King, Annie McGlade and Lis Johnston.

This album contains Bruce’s classic mix of powerful issues-based stories and songs interspersed with some great fun songs. These are just damn good songs.

It begins with Bruce’s iconic song Amazon, a powerful, yet plaintive anthem for the planet’s greatest forest, led by the unforgettable chorus: “In the time it takes to sing this song, there’ll be four acres cleared in the Amazon.”

Accident of Birth is one of those songs that sounds like it was always there, and like Amazon, it has been covered by other artists. It addresses the nature of our existence and what we are, and how we got to be what we are. Isa is a bitter-sweet tribute to the Queensland outback mining town, harsh but beautiful. Silent Conversations touches on the sensitive issue of infertility and its potentially devastating effect on couples.

Farewell Comrades pays tribute to the true believers who were betrayed by the Soviet regime, written in the wake of the 1989 collapse of the Soviet Union. And Trenches is a chilling evocation of the Balkan war.

But there is Love … and laughter!

My Best Friend is a straight up, deceptively simple love song, and The Real World Lullaby is a fun take on an outcome of that love: the war of attrition that is the reality of getting babies to sleep!

The Prince Charles Royal Talking Blues is just what it says - it’s a hilarious commentary on the modern British Royal Family. In The Pretentious Song, Bruce has a go at all those wannabe songwriters who think that obfuscation equates with talent. His song about Procrastination is one probably most of us can relate to.

Mirroring his concern for the environment, just as the album commenced with a song about forests (Amazon) so it ends; with Can’t See the Forest for the Trees, another very singable, lyrical song about the loss of Australia’s forests.



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