Graham Parker has heard “There’s Always A Rainbow In The Sky”… “On The Other Side Of The Reservoir” (2007)

The Other Side Of The Reservoir – Graham Parker (2007) HQ Audio HD Video

“The Other Side Of The Reservoir” was released in the winter of 2007 on Graham Parker’s 18th album, Don’t Tell Columbus.

I’ve gone on about Graham Parker enough in my last video (“Jolie Jolie”) for one of his songs, so I won’t repeat myself….other than to say this guy is one of my very favorite songwriters and has produced consistently brilliant and strong albums from his very first up until has most recent.

I mentioned wanting to show his work a bit more love with more vids….and among those I’ve been thinking about were a couple of tracks from the Don’t Tell Columbus album, including “The Other Side Of The Reservoir”. I found an old clip about the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and edited it to the track with minimal fuss…though there were hard decisions because I had to lose about half of the video. I tried to use the minimal amount of effects to make the vid look better in HD, so as not to lose the realism of the original clip..I cranked up the black level way high here, I hope I didn’t go too far….I hope you enjoy the result.

***From Allmusic.com: Depending on which album you get from Graham Parker these days, he’s either set on reminding us that he’s still capable of serving up the sort of lean and feisty rock & roll that made him a cult hero years ago, or demonstrating that he’s matured into a pithy and very gifted singer/songwriter with the passage of time. 2007’s Don’t Tell Columbus falls into the latter category (and follows his 2005 studio set Songs of No Consequence, which happened to fit into the former scenario), and while there are several examples of his acerbic side on display (most notably “England’s Latest Clown,” which concerns someone quite a bit like Pete Doherty, and “Stick to the Plan,” a witty but poison-penned meditation on George W. Bush’s handling of Hurricane Katrina), Parker’s more gentle side dominates Don’t Tell Columbus, and it serves him well on these tunes. The title cut is a cautious celebration of his adopted home in the guise of a road story, “The Other Side of the Reservoir” and “Suspension Bridge” are richly detailed slice-of-life stories, “Love of Delusion” is an intelligent but uncompromising story of a relationship gone sour, and “Somebody Saved Me” is an equally honest story from the other side of the coin. While Parker doesn’t rock especially hard here, the arrangements are taut, concise and full-bodied even when the electric guitars fade into the backdrop, and Parker handles the lion’s share of the guitar work himself with an easy confidence, while Mike Gent shines on drums and Ryan Barnum adds some well-placed keyboard textures that give the tunes welcome color and balance. If Don’t Tell Columbus doesn’t sound like it’s markedly superior to such recent Graham Parker efforts as Your Country and Songs of No Consequence, those were both strong albums and so is this, and what impresses most at this stage of Parker’s career is his consistency — he’s writing first-rate songs and putting them on record with heart, soul and conviction, and he hasn’t sounded this reliably inspired since the mid-’80s. It’s a fine thing he’s still around.
***End AllMusic.com.

[Lyrics]
What Were They Thinking
When They Dug That Hole
And Bulldozed That Town Down
Wall By Wall
Laying The Asphalt And
Diverting That Rolling River
So There’d Be Water For Us All
I Got Some Photographs
I Don’t Know If They’re Us Or Not
Ah But My Memories Fading Fast
They Might As Well Take That Too
It’s No Use To Me Or You
I Guess It Was Not Designed To Last
I Heard You Live There Now
And That You’ve Settled Down
And Accepted The Vastness Of It All
Maybe I’ll Write A Letter
Cos I’ve Heard That Life’s Much Better
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir
Well Time Has A Funny Way
Of Doubling Back On Itself
And Showing The Things That Really Last
Was It Just Yesterday
You Left For Greener Pastures
Or Was That Way Back In The Past
I Got Some Photographs
Of A Long Lost Valley
Now Filled With Water Shore To Shore
That Rolls Under Miles Of Land
Right Down To New York City
But At Least No One’s Thirsty Any More
I Heard You Live There Now
And That You’ve Settled Down
And Accepted The Vastness Of It All
Maybe I’ll Get In Touch
I’ve Heard That There’s So Much
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir
So What Were They Thinking
When They Dug That Hole
And Flooded The Meadows Green And Fair
Was It So Satisfying
They Didn’t Hear People Crying
As They Watched Their Lives
Get Moved Elsewhere
Well I Hear The Trees Grow Tall
By That Retaining Wall
And There’s Always A Rainbow In The Sky
Maybe I’ll Write A Letter
Cos I’ve Heard That Life’s Much Better
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir
On The Other Side Of The Reservoir

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6 comments on “Graham Parker has heard “There’s Always A Rainbow In The Sky”… “On The Other Side Of The Reservoir” (2007)

      • i heard sing a song, can’t remember the name, but it had this line in it, bring back the night, when i saw him didn’t realise how powerful his music was, thanks for the comment

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