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(1) 5.15 A.M (5:57)
« on: March 14, 2015, 03:11:17 PM »

5.15 A.M (Mark Knopfler) (5.57)

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5.15 a.m.
snow laying all around
a collier cycles home
from his night shift underground
past the silent pub
primary school, workingmens club
on the road from the pithead
the churchyard packed
with mining dead

then beneath the bridge
he comes to a giant car
a shroud of snow upon the roof
a mark ten jaguar
he thought the man was fast asleep
silent, still and deep
both dead and cold
shot through
with bullet holes

the one armed bandit man
came north to fill his boots
came up from cockneyland
e-type jags and flashy suits
put your money in
pull the levers
watch them spin
cash cows in all the pubs
but he preferred the new nightclubs

nineteen sixty-seven
bandit men in birdcage heaven
la dolce vita, sixty-nine
all new to people of the tyne

who knows who did what
somebody made a call
they said his hands
were in the pot
that he'd been skimming hauls
he picks up the swag
they gaily gave away
drives his giant jag
off to his big pay day

the bandit man
came north to fill his boots
came up from cockneyland
e-type jags and flashy suits
the bandit man
came up the great north road
up to geordieland
to mine
the mother lode

seams blew up or cracked
black diamonds came hard won
generations toiled and hacked
for a pittance and black lung
crushed by tub or stone
together
and alone
how the young and old
paid the price of coal

eighteen sixty-seven
my angel's gone to heaven
he'll be happy there
sunlight and sweet clean air

they gather round the glass
tough hewers and crutters
child trappers and putters
the little foals and half-marrows
who pushed
and pulled the barrows
the hod boys
and the rolleywaymen
5.15 a.m.

Song lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group


CHORDS
Shangri la album - Foma
https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/m/mark_knopfler/shangri-la_album_crd.htm

<a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnrPq6ejZmg" target="_blank">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UnrPq6ejZmg</a>


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Here re two pictures of the same place in South Hetton years apart. The first is taken in 1967 the day when the mark 10 jaguar was found under the Pesspool Bridge with the body of Angus Sibbet in the back seat. As all fans will know,  the first lines of the song 5.15 tell this story.
 Known as the One Armed bandit murder it was the inspiration for the film Get Carter starring Michael Caine. Today i took a photo from roughly the same angle, the bridge, along with the colliery is long since gone but the houses on the left are recognisable, along with the curve of the road. The path of the bridge is roughly level with the the blue signpost.
Funnily enough i was in the pub last night and my friend who is from the area told me it was his friends dad who discovered the body.
« Last Edit: August 11, 2016, 04:38:29 AM by shangri la 1 »

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Re: (1) 5.15 A.M (5:57)
« Reply #1 on: March 14, 2015, 04:32:48 PM »
Thanks so much! One of my all-time-favourite-MK-songs which could not praised too much!! The first verse (and actually the complete lyrics) are pure masterpiece! How he tells a whole life in a couple of lines... oh, it gets me away with it again.. so.. just thanks for the pictures!!  :wave

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Re: (1) 5.15 A.M (5:57)
« Reply #2 on: March 14, 2015, 05:09:45 PM »
Thank you!
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« Reply #3 on: March 18, 2015, 03:23:47 AM »
Thank you ideed for taking your time and posting the pictures!

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Re: (1) 5.15 A.M (5:57)
« Reply #4 on: March 18, 2015, 04:24:16 AM »
Thank you ideed for taking your time and posting the pictures!

Ill try and dig up a few more today!

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Re: (1) 5.15 A.M (5:57)
« Reply #5 on: March 18, 2015, 04:26:46 AM »
Absolutely fantastic - well done and thankyou
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Re: (1) 5.15 A.M (5:57)
« Reply #6 on: March 18, 2015, 07:37:57 AM »
Absolutely fantastic - well done and thankyou

Heres a couple of pics of the La Dolce Vita Nightclub (right handside of photos) in Newcastle mentioned in 5.15. The murder victim was last seen leaving here at 11.20pm on the night before he was found in the back of his car under the bridge at South Hetton.

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« Reply #7 on: March 18, 2015, 07:48:23 AM »
Thanks for the very interesting shots. 

Well, one thing remains - the double yellow lines!
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Re: (1) 5.15 A.M (5:57)
« Reply #8 on: March 18, 2015, 08:26:37 AM »
Thank you for the pictures, Geordie_60!   Very interesting!    :thumbsup
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Re: (1) 5.15 A.M (5:57)
« Reply #9 on: March 18, 2015, 09:18:43 AM »
Thank you for the pictures, Geordie_60!   Very interesting!    :thumbsup

I live about ten miles from Tow Law!

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Re: (1) 5.15 A.M (5:57)
« Reply #10 on: March 19, 2015, 12:02:07 AM »
Thanks so much, Geordie, for posting the pictures -- I really enjoyed seeing the "then and now".    :clap
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Re: (1) 5.15 A.M (5:57)
« Reply #11 on: March 19, 2015, 03:20:36 AM »
Thank you Geordie! Any nice pub suggestions in the city centre of Newcastle?

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Re: (1) 5.15 A.M (5:57)
« Reply #12 on: March 19, 2015, 03:24:57 AM »
I believe we went to Bacchus last time, pretty nice. But I prefer a real Geordie to give advice.
And then  we can meet before and after the concert  :D

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« Reply #13 on: March 19, 2015, 03:26:41 AM »
Thank you Geordie! Any nice pub suggestions in the city centre of Newcastle?

@ Geordie -  Can you also recommend any good places for a pre-concert meal/meeting place close to the venue?   Thanks!    :wave
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« Reply #14 on: March 19, 2015, 03:28:06 AM »
Sorry Ingrid, our posts coincided!    ;)
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