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Pictures from the Gone World

But just believe in me baby and I’ll take you away
From out of this darkness and into the day
From these rivers of headlights, these rivers of rain
From the anger that lives on the streets with these names
‘Cause I’ve run every red light on memory lane
I’ve seen desperation explode into flames
And I don’t wanna see it again
From all of these signs saying “Sorry But We’re Closed”
All the way down the Telegraph Road

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  • Jim April 19, 2020, 8:03 PM

    Second only to “Brothers in Arms” with me, and that may only be because it makes me think about a brother in arms – and in Christ. Stepping out back to listen to it now.
    Thanks, Gerard.

  • Rob April 19, 2020, 10:02 PM

    I’ve had a long relationship with the music of Mark Knopfler. I had been living in Japan in the 70s and when I got back to the US in 1980 I first heard tracks from Making Movies on the radio. I hadn’t any context for the band and it was a few years later that I picked up on the first two albums/CDs. Nevertheless, the tracks on MM blew me away and I still think that Romeo and Juliet is a poetic classic. When Love Over Gold came out, I discovered Telegraph Road and felt the emotion he poured into that. I loved his soundtrack work on Local Hero which is so hauntingly evocative of Scotland that in 2012, we went to the town of Pennan to see the red phone box and bask in the feelings of Bill Forsyth’s masterwork. The soundtrack to Princess Bride was also a perfect match to the movie and I still love it for the music as much, or more, than for the story.
    When Brothers in Arms came out, I was lucky to buy a used CD from a friend who somehow thought it was not very interesting. I absorbed every note on the CD, but the title track is still my favorite and MK’s lyrics and singing about the “mist covered mountains” brings tears to my eyes even still. For once the TV crowd managed to not foul up when Miami Vice paired that song with the humanly tragic ending of “Out Where The Buses Don’t Run”. That still causes a catch in my throat even though I know what is coming. The song is the perfect setup for that moment.
    I love the Golden Heart CD and the Night in London DVD that goes along with it. I can’t get enough of the expressiveness of MK’s musical work, both instrumental and vocal. He is a master at his craft.

  • David April 20, 2020, 8:50 AM

    Telegraph Road is US Route 24 that runs from Toledo up into Detroit. It sort of runs parallel to I-75.

    The I-75 corridor, Michigan down into Ohio was kind of a corridor for the auto companies, and all the associated businesses. It still is, sort of. Jeep has a big factory in north Toledo right next to I-75. Ford has a lot of factories along I-75 andTelegraph Road.

    Telegraph Road still runs into Detroit, north of downtown.
    A bunch of decades ago, I played a copy of this on my tape deck in my old car, driving from one town where I was born to another town where I then lived. During a dark November thunderstorm. The music kind of matched that weather and time, 1982 or 1983, whenever.
    Still feel the keen loss of everything that has been shut down, taken away, never to really return.

    I guess we live on now, in these diminished times.