30 Days, 30 Songs: (28)

Cold Chisel

I seem to be a little out of sync as it is already the 29th here and even though I listed this song in my favourite songs list a few weeks ago I thought I’d bring it out again.

As it is getting down to the last few days of Sarah’s 30 Days, 30 Songs challenge and I have missed quite a few I am just going to share some of my favourite Aussie and Kiwi bands. I first heard Cold Chisel in the early 70s and I liked some of their songs but others not so much, too much screaming I thought. It was only later that I realised they had two singers. I have come to appreciate Jimmy Barnes a lot more as he has diversified quite a lot even releasing a couple of soul albums but Ian Moss is still my favourite and this song is my favourite of the songs he wrote for Cold Chisel.

I had to listen to several versions of Bow River to decide which one to share. The studio version? Sounds good but Cold Chisel were essentially pub rockers and I like their live sound, but some of the early live ones don’t have great sound quality. Mossy has recorded the song himself including an acoustic version which I like. However, one of the things I like most about this song is the harmonies so you have to have Barnsey as well. I finally settled on this version recorded for the Ringside album. Naomi and I went to see the Hobart concert so it is kind of fitting I guess.


I was born in England in 1957 and lived there until our family came to Australia in 1966. I grew up in Adelaide, South Australia, where I met and married my husband, David. We came together over a mutual love of trains. Both of us worked for the railways for many years, his job was with Australian National Railways, while I spent 12 years working for the STA, later TransAdelaide the Adelaide city transit system. After leaving that job I worked in hospitality until 2008. We moved to Tasmania in 2002 to live in the beautiful Huon Valley. In 2015 David became ill and passed away in October of that year. I currently co-write two blogs on WordPress.com with my sister Naomi. Our doll blog "Dolls, Dolls, Dolls", and "Our Other Blog" which is about everything else but with a focus on photographs and places in Tasmania. In November 2019 I began a new life in the house that Naomi and I intend to make our retirement home at Sisters Beach in Tasmania's northwest. Currently we have five pets between us. Naomi's two dogs Toby and Teddy and cats, Tigerwoods and Panther and my cat Polly. My dog Cindy passed away aged 16 in April 2022.

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