It’s a toss-up between today’s song Boundary Rider and Finding You as to which Go-Betweens song I would take away with me to my Desert island. That should tell you everything you need to know about what I think of this song. Boundary Rider is from their classic ‘ultimate’ Australian 2005 album Oceans Apart and is the second song to feature here from that album. The instrumentals which lead into the song impress me so much I find myself chanting them to my daughter. I love how the instruments coalesce to form this thrifty, but sleek rhythm. Then there’s this…
There’s a boundary rider
at the five mile fence
bloodwood, bones + steers
And the sky’s so deep
you can’t find your sleep
keeps you walking through these tears
I think quite simply Boundary Rider is one of the most underrated Australian songs I’ve ever heard. It’s a brilliant song which seems to get better the more you hear it. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: no Australian band like The Go-Betweens encapsulates more instinctively the quintessential Australia ‘sound’. They have the essence of Australia coursing through their music and Boundary Rider is at the top of the musical pecking order in demonstrating this.
A Boundary Rider is a person employed to maintain the outer fences of a cattle or sheep station. After co-founder of the Go-Betweens Grant McLennan’s father died, his mother eventually remarried and the family then relocated to a cattle station in central Far North Queensland. McLennan’s songs which evoke the impressions and imagery of the regional background of his childhood include “Cattle and Cane”, “Unkind and Unwise”, “Dusty in Here” (about his father), “Boundary Rider” and “Bye Bye Pride”.
Please enjoy Boundary Rider from their concert at the Tivoli theatre…