BY ROBERT CATTO
One of my favourite things about Don McGlashan's songwriting (and there are many) is this - the choice he makes about the perspective, or point of view, of the characters in a song.
Harbour Bridge is a perfect example - it's a song about parting, about breaking up with someone you love; but the person singing it manages to pin all their problems on the various failings of...the bridge they're driving across.
If only bridge weren't so grey / long / high / convenient, he'd have been able to think of, and say, everything he wanted to tell her; and, maybe, she'd have stayed...
If you asked someone from Sydney, who'd grown up here, they'd probably consider this bridge more of a landmark than the Opera House. After all, it's bigger, it's been here longer, and a lot more people use it every day. The Opera House? That's for the tourists.
But the reality is, they're in a codependent relationship; each gives a great view of the other, and from anywhere nearby, they're so close as to be practically touching.
So naturally, given how often I'm crossing one, or working at the other, I hear this song in my head a LOT. Which is okay.
For my part, at least, I don't blame the bridge.