Pete O’Brien wrote the song We all live in the same town for all the flood victims in Queensland.
Pete O’Brien wrote the song We all live in the same town for all the flood victims in Queensland. Scottie Simmonds

Flood song hit on the internet

A BUNDABERG musician has re-recorded his self-penned song inspired by the region’s floods and will soon start selling it to raise money for the Premier’s Disaster Relief Appeal.

Pete O’Brien’s song, We All Live In The Same Town, was produced by Tony Byrne in his Sunshine Coast studio – even though the singer could not get to the studio because of the floods.

“I tried to get there to record the song, but the highway at Gympie was cut and I had to turn back,” Mr O’Brien said.

“Then I tried to get there by train, but that had to turn back too.”

Mr O’Brien eventually recorded his vocals and guitar in a studio in Bundaberg and sent it to Mr Byrne, who laid other tracks over it to create the final version.

The single has also been released to radio stations across Australia and Mr O’Brien said he hoped it would make it on to their playlists.

The Kepnock musician, who performs locally as part of duo The Boogie Brothers, said he was inspired to write the song after seeing flood victims in Bundaberg.

“I took a drive through George Street during the floods and there were people wading through the water with their furniture on their heads,” he said.

“Just the look on their faces shook me.”

Mr O’Brien, who has been playing at different venues in Bundaberg for about 20 years, put his song on YouTube with a montage of flood photos.

“Within the first couple of days it had hits from 5000 to 6000 people,” he said.

“Now two weeks later it’s up to 14,000 hits from all over the world.”

Mr O’Brien expects to have the song available for sale on iTunes within days, with the proceeds donated to flood victims.

Member for Burnett Rob Messenger has written to Premier Anna Bligh asking her to make We All Live In The Same Town Queensland’s official flood anthem.

Click the play button below to hear We All Live In The Same Town.



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