GOOD LIGHT IN BROOME

“Good Light In Broome”(from” the wondering kind” album) is one of those generic songs about a place, real mythical or imagined where you can go to leave your troubles behind and get rest and restoration. It was literally inspired by being in Broome one lazy afternoon with the sun climbing down from a cloudless sky towards the Indian ocean. I was in company and after a long and easy pause in conversation, a friend remarked “ you know there’s good light in Broome”.

I saw immediately that it was true, both literally and metaphorically.

Keen listeners may note that in the song the narrator doesn’t actually ever arrive in Broome. The mental expectation of relief though has - a device found in many songs of this type. An example that springs to mind is Bob Dylans “Highlands” (from the” Time out of Mind” album) where the spirit of Robbie Burns “hearts in the highlands” is evoked. Dylan concludes the song with the admission that “there’s a way to get there and I’ll figure it out somehow, I’m already there in my mind and that’s good enough for now”