Song of the Day, May 5: Tarrilup Bridge by the Triffids

TriffidBridgeToday’s song is Tarrilup Bridge from the Triffids’ powerful second album Born Sandy Devotional. Singer, guitarist and principle songwriter David McComb crafted the disc as set of reflections on human relations — often broken or tragic — using Australia’s landscape as a metaphor and backdrop. With this track he crafted a darkly Antipodean counterpart to Ode to Billie Joe. Unlike Bobbie Gentry’s southern gothic tale, however, this song is told in a spooky first person.

I packed my bag
Left a note on the fridge
And I drove off the end of the Tarrilup Bridge.

We come in at the end of the story, getting bitterly resigned fragments from a dramatically departed narrator. It’s a smart conceit that gives the track a special energy. McComb cleverly handed the track to keyboard player Jill Birt to sing. Her fragile, almost naive vocals make the tension and bitterness even more poignant.

Enjoy this amazing song today.


About Robert Hulshof-Schmidt
Freelance writer, researcher, online comic vendor, and project manager. Fan of a wide range of music -- especially folk and 80s pop -- vintage comics, British TV, and LGBT fiction.

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