Saturday, December 8, 2007

Heard it on the wire

One on my long list of favourite bands is Dire Straits. We saw them in concert at Mt Smart in about 1986. My favourite song by Dire Straits is Telegraph Road. It's on my current playlist and getting a darn good thrashing, as it justly deserves.

It's an epically evocative tribute to their lyrical mastery

A long time ago came a man on a track
Walking thirty miles with a pack on his back
And he put down his load where he thought it was the best
Made a home in the wilderness
He built a cabin and a winter store
And he ploughed up the ground by the cold lake shore
And the other travelers came riding down the track
And they never went further, no, they never went back
Then came the churches, then came the schools
Then came the lawyers, then came the rules
Then came the trains and the trucks with their loads
And the dirty old track was the telegraph road

Then came the mines, then came the ore
Then there was the hard times, then there was a war
Telegraph sang a song about the world outside
Telegraph road got so deep and so wide
Like a rolling river. . .

I'd love a home in the Wilderness.

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