“Seems I’ve got that stinkin’ thinkin’, pretty soon my ship will be sinkin’, if I don’t pull myself out.” Those words from a song written by a Tambellup farmer, have resonated with hundreds after a live version was published online. Andrew Bradshaw appeared on ABC Radio’s Regional Drive program last week to play a song he had written about mental health. Mr Bradshaw said the name for the song, Stinkin’ Thinkin’, came from an interaction with his wife Bronwyn. “I came into the house a bit grumpy and she said ‘stop that stinkin’ thinkin’ — and that just sort of rattled around my head for a while,” he said. “I didn’t sit down and think, ‘I’m going to write a mental health song’, it just turned out that way.” Mr Bradshaw wrote the song in the middle of a dry farming spell two summers ago when he had to cart water for stock. “The idea of the song was the fact that as a farmer, you are with your thoughts all the time,” he said. “Most farmers have got everything in their head and I think the idea was to make sure you don’t go down that slippery slope.” He drew on his trips to the local pub for the song’s second verse. ”We go to the pub on Thursdays and everyone will have a yak and the classic is you go around and hear ‘no rain, no rain, no rain’,” he said. “You go in there and hear ‘no rain’, so you come home and think you’re doomed. “You have to think about all the good things you have and that you’re actually ok, it’s just in your head that you’re feeling that way.” Music is a lifelong passion for Mr Bradshaw, who has performed solo and in bands. He started playing the guitar at high school, inspired by older students and global stars Neil Young, James Taylor and The Eagles. Despite his musical experience, he is relatively new to writing music, having only taken it up in the past couple of years. He has written songs about Anzac Day, the environment, Ukraine and the Tambellup seniors football team. “I like something with substance, so to me (mental health) sounded like a relevant topic,” he said. Mr Bradshaw was initially reluctant to appear on the radio program, but gave in to some peer pressure. “Kim Taylor was quite persistent in texting to get me to go on, so she played a role in it,” he said. “She was pushing the barriers and I didn’t quite realise it.” His performance, which coincided with Men’s Health Week, was well received on social media. Mr Bradshaw said he was “quite humbled” by the song’s reception, and has been responding to kind messages. “I did see all of these messages and I thanked people, and I didn’t expect that,” he said. “I felt like people got the idea of the song which I was trying to deliver. “I wasn’t trying to deliver a morbid message; I just was just trying to deliver a message that it is ok to have a bad day.” The positive reaction from ABC listeners has been echoed in his hometown of Tambellup. “The thing about living here is you walk into the pub and you hear ‘AB, I heard you on the radio’, and you say ‘Good?’, and they say, ‘Yep, good’ — and that’s all you need,” he said, While Mr Bradshaw does not want to make “a big deal” about the song, he was happy his music had resonated with people. “If this song has helped lift people up, I think that’s great,” he said.