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(9) Yon Two Crows (4:26)
« on: March 08, 2015, 11:05:50 PM »

Yon Two Crows (Mark Knopfler)

LYRICS
Pennies from heaven
Don’t make me laugh
Here all you’ll get
Is the pattering rain
Or yon two crows up over the hill
Looking for winterkill
Always at your boots
The mud behind the byre
With its clammy hold
Would mock you up a grave
Here in the mire of a wrecked sheepfold
And all you’ll bring to this
Is muscle and grit
Persistence, that’s just about it
What made you think
There’d be a living in sheep?
Eat, work, eat, work and sleep
Duck under the eaves
Of the bothy
To sit here, caged by rain
Somewhere to go conjure
A next move
When I have to think again
The dog lifts his gaze to plead
Believes the wizard has a magic stick
Leans his weight into my tweed
I give an unholy hand to lick
I take a swig of sheep dip
From my flask
And once again I ask
What made you think
There’d be a living in sheep?
Eat, work, eat, work and sleep
They were at this game
Two hundred years ago
Had thirty ways
Of dying young, poor souls
Laid to rest in their soggy rows
Rain on their holy books
Blood and whisky
On the tongue
And no-one watching over anyone
No-one left but your stubborn one
And the crows and rooks
Ah, the dying young
Well I’m not done
You watch me and I’ll watch thee
I can still work for two men
And drink for three
And I raise my flask
To the clearing skies
To you, sweepers
You carrion spies
To scavenge and survive
If you can do it so can I
« Last Edit: August 27, 2016, 11:24:15 PM by shangri la 1 »

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Re: (9) Yon Two Crows (4:26)
« Reply #1 on: November 30, 2015, 07:46:04 AM »
Isn't this song -especially live versions- magnificent. Am I the only one feels this way?

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Re: (9) Yon Two Crows (4:26)
« Reply #2 on: December 10, 2015, 09:44:31 PM »
Final solo makes it great!

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Re: (9) Yon Two Crows (4:26)
« Reply #3 on: December 11, 2015, 04:21:32 AM »
This song is magnificent -- I love the rich mood he sets, and the way it builds.  GREAT song.  I was lucky to hear it in Santa Barbara in 2012, but missed the beginning :'(
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Re: (9) Yon Two Crows (4:26)
« Reply #4 on: December 11, 2015, 09:39:30 AM »
100% agree, this is the best song on the album, even better live with a great solo.

But...

I'm so disappointed that this song was only played in the US and 4 times in eastern Europe before it was dropped ! Can't understand Mark's choices sometimes !

We have to be satisfied with the recordings.... For audience I love the Saskatoon one and for soundboard I like Lubjana, both of them feature a (bit) extended solo.

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Re: (9) Yon Two Crows (4:26)
« Reply #5 on: December 11, 2015, 12:31:14 PM »
Agree too.  I think sometimes his singing ability live can influence song choice.  This can possibly be why the song was dropped and the same goes for Laughs & Jokes (granted Laughs wasn't dropped completely).  Personally, I wish he'd persevere and just put a bit more effort in because it was opportunity missed.
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Re: (9) Yon Two Crows (4:26)
« Reply #6 on: December 17, 2015, 01:06:33 PM »
Laughs and jokes and drinks and smokes and always broke

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Re: (9) Yon Two Crows (4:26)
« Reply #7 on: December 17, 2015, 07:05:54 PM »
Thanks Klaas -- that is absolutely fantastic. 
IMO the strength of his voice is a non-issue here.  He sings exactly that which the song requires.   :D
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Re: (9) Yon Two Crows (4:26)
« Reply #8 on: October 29, 2016, 08:41:47 PM »
My fav. is Vancouver live version, its something between a dream and legendary novel. Btw Berkeley version is quite different from the others, and its a must listen too.

 

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