Calum Bowie we are the river

CALUM BOWIE We Are The River | Poignant message, infectious melody

The Scottish Calum Bowie has found it, he has written that song that is a breaking point in the career of a new artist. We Are The River‘ is an anthem with a huge singalong chorus and a soaring instrumental.

Who is Calum Bowie?

Calum Bowie is a singer-songwriter born in Aberdeenshire, Scotland. His father’s name is David Bowie, but in case you’re wondering, it’s just a coincidence, he’s not the famous artist 😊.

At just 8 years old Calum asked his father to buy him a guitar, his father told him that if he learned to play ‘Breakfast At Tiffany’s 💎’ he would. Of course Calum learned it, along with many other songs, to which he would try to give a touch of his own.

At 15 he would independently release his first EP ‘Lonely Streets’, he would go on to release multiple singles, combining it with college and his job as a summer lifeguard.

  • He gradually gained a local fan base that came to see his first concerts.

Calum is famous for his charismatic stage presence, where his loyal audience sings along to each of his songs word for word.

One day in early 2021, while at home for COVID-19 his sister told him about TikTok. It seemed like a good idea to give it a try, so he started recording himself singing covers and some of his own songs.

  • Thanks to a cover of ‘Naïve‘ by The Kooks, which they themselves republished, his followers began to grow, so much so that he now has over 350,000 and 60 million views.

Since then, he has not stopped releasing singles such as: Call me back, Listen to our city, Are you coming around anymore, and the most recent Running Boy.

The good reception of his music led him to sign with EMI Records in May 2023, and with them his first major international release: “We Are The River“.

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This song feels like something I’ve always thought but could never quite put my finger on. The concept first came to me when I was thinking about the river that flows through my hometown. I realised that even though I was always looking at the “same” river, it was never the same body of water. It had always been there at so many points in my life and yet it was always changing. Then I realised I was also never the same person every time I was there. Ever flowing, ever growing.”

I wrote this song about looking forward. Never staying in 1 place. To always keep moving on. You may look back at memories you have (like skipping stones and drinking cans by the Dee) and miss those times. But there will always be the next memory to make. Keep searching for the sea.

Calum Bowie (sobre ‘We are the river’)

Calum Bowie We are the river | A turning point

Calum Bowie’s music can be defined as uplifting, his captivating melodies and authentic lyrics have made the Scotsman’s songs only grow, but he was still missing that one song that marks a turning point in every artist’s career, that one song that people scream at the top of their lungs at your concerts. That has arrived and it’s called ‘We Are The River’ 🏞️

Calum, who would have been 22 years old in 2023, was on his way home one day looking at the river that runs through his town:

I love the idea of looking at the same river and at first thinking nothing has changed but later realising it has never been the same body of water that you remember. The constant flow is inevitable, as is the passing of time.

With that pleasant feeling that the river is always the same but the water changes every second, he set about composing ‘We Are The River’, in which he expresses the evolution of people and his own: We are the same person all our lives, but our experiences, longings, knowledge and tastes change along the way making it much more interesting.

“We Are The River” is a perfect Pop song, intelligent and deep lyrics, fantastic music, Calum’s characteristic Scottish accent, and on top of all these things a chorus that makes you want to sing at the top of your lungs.

The river of time takes us all beyond the happy days of childhood to the new experiences that await us and we are sure it will take Calum Bowie very far in music, because with his authenticity and love for music, there is only one possible way, the sea.

Video | Calum Bowie We Are The River

Calum Bowie 'We are the river' Lyrics

Back when I was younger
All I really had to know
Was how late could I stay up
How far could I skip a stone
Life was easy
Oh-oh-oh, we had it easy

I remember lighting fires
Down by the River Dee
We were drinking cans of cider
Bought them with a fake ID
And life was easy
Oh-oh-oh, we had it easy

But I know those days are gone
The current pushes us along

‘Cause we are the river
Always searching for the sea
We are the seasons
Changing colours on the breeze
We are the reason
And we’re always gonna be
If we keep moving on
We are the river

I’ve been drivin’ down the back roads
In the middle of the day
I take time out in the shallows
When I’ve got nothing to say
And I’ll be wading out into the deeper water
When I know it’s time to leave
Won’t you come with me?

I know there’s more to come
The current pushes us along

‘Cause we are the river
Always searching for the sea
We are the seasons
Changing colours on the breeze
We are the reason
And we’re always gonna be
If we keep moving on

We are the river
Always trying to find a place
To live forever
Before it carries us away
We are believers
And we’re always gonna be
If we keep moving on

If all we have is time
I won’t swim against the rising of the tide
‘Cause the future’s yours and mine
It’s yours and mine

We are the river
Always searching for the sea
We are the seasons
Changing colours on the breeze
We are the reason
And we’re always gonna be
If we keep moving on

We are the river
Always trying to find a place
To live forever
Before it carries us away
We are believers
And we’re always gonna be
If we keep moving on
We are the river

Calum Bowie 'We are the river' lyrics in Spanish

Cuando era más joven
Todo lo que realmente tenía que saber
era hasta qué hora podía quedarme despierto
Hasta dónde podía hacer saltar una piedra
La vida era fácil
Oh-oh-oh, lo teníamos fácil

Recuerdo encender fogatas
cerca del río Dee
Bebíamos latas de sidra
compradas con una identificación falsa
La vida era fácil
Oh-oh-oh, lo teníamos fácil

Pero sé que esos días se han ido
La corriente nos empuja

Porque somos el río
Siempre buscando el mar
Somos las estaciones
Cambiando de color con la brisa
Somos la razón
Y siempre lo seremos
Si seguimos avanzando
Somos el río

He estado conduciendo por las carreteras secundarias
En mitad del día
Me tomo mi tiempo en los bajíos
Cuando no tengo nada que decir
Y voy a vadear en el agua más profunda
Cuando sé que es hora de irse
¿No vendrás conmigo?

Sé que hay más por venir
La corriente nos empuja

Porque somos el río
Siempre buscando el mar
Somos las estaciones
Cambiando de color con la brisa
Somos la razón
Y siempre lo seremos
Si seguimos avanzando

Somos el río
Siempre tratando de encontrar un lugar
Para vivir para siempre
Antes de que nos arrastre
Somos creyentes
Y siempre lo seremos
Si seguimos adelante

Si todo lo que tenemos es tiempo
No nadaré contra la subida de la marea
Porque el futuro es tuyo y mío
Es tuyo y mío

Somos el río
Siempre buscando el mar
Somos las estaciones
Cambiando de color con la brisa
Somos la razón
Y siempre lo seremos
Si seguimos avanzando

Somos el río
Siempre tratando de encontrar un lugar
Para vivir para siempre
Antes de que nos arrastre
Somos creyentes
Y siempre lo seremos
Si seguimos adelante
Somos el río

Author | JC Trembol

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