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Title: (19) Pale Imitation ##* Spoiler Lyrics *##
Post by: shangri la 1 on September 22, 2018, 05:30:03 am
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Pale Imitation  Mark Knopfler 3:57

LYRICS

Once I went back and I stayed on the street
Where I used to live
Got up in the morning
Put on my boots and I crossed the road
Stood in front of our house
And went back to my tricycle times

At the end of the terrace I looked up the alley
And there he was
A little blonde boy
With a stick in his hands looking straight at me
And if he wasn’t me
Then my god, he was just like I used to be

We stared at each other
But he stared me down and I looked away
After a moment
When I turned again he was gone

I don’t think I ever became half the man
That I used to be
The warrior captain
The bold pirate king of the sea
Nobody does me like I do
Or that’s what they say to me
But I’m a pale imitation
I’ve been keeping my secret safe with me

© © 2018 Will D. Side Limited
℗ 2018 Will D. Side Limited

CHORDS: Pale Imitation  - by quizzaciously
https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/tab/mark_knopfler/......tba

VIDEO:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acOGvstt15Y
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Post by: Robson on October 06, 2018, 02:24:43 pm
Amazing text. Very mysterious and perhaps personal
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Post by: naif on October 06, 2018, 02:48:36 pm
"I don’t think I ever became half the man
That I used to be
The warrior captain
The bold pirate king of the sea
Nobody does me like I do
Or that’s what they say to me
But I’m a pale imitation
I’ve been keeping my secret safe with me"

Great lyrics. İndeed a very personel song. Can't wait to listen.
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Post by: Stanko on October 06, 2018, 10:06:18 pm
"I don’t think I ever became half the man
That I used to be
The warrior captain
The bold pirate king of the sea
Nobody does me like I do
Or that’s what they say to me
But I’m a pale imitation
I’ve been keeping my secret safe with me"

Great lyrics. İndeed a very personel song. Can't wait to listen.
:thumbsup
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Post by: Fletch on November 15, 2018, 07:05:37 am
Haunting instrumentation. A fine first impression and nice end to an album!
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Post by: straitsway75 on November 15, 2018, 07:47:44 am
Hey amiters,
Please please a pm for me ::)
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Post by: Love Expresso on November 15, 2018, 09:45:25 am
What is it with these Kind of idiotic little game of more than one minute silence at the end? What's that good for? Never understood these practice and now MK comes up with this, too  :hmm

LE
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Post by: jbaent on November 15, 2018, 10:02:55 am
What is it with these Kind of idiotic little game of more than one minute silence at the end? What's that good for? Never understood these practice and now MK comes up with this, too  :hmm

LE

The person who kindly record us these songs put it on his turntable to record it, it looks just that he took too much to push the stop button to the recorder, nothing more...
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Post by: Love Expresso on November 15, 2018, 10:06:54 am
No track official track  length is 6:09...

LE
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Post by: Dutchessy on November 15, 2018, 10:12:28 am
No track official track  length is 6:09...

LE

How do you know? Show us
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Post by: jbaent on November 15, 2018, 10:14:57 am
No track official track  length is 6:09...

LE

Maybe there is the "Back in the day" track hidden and this guy didn't noticed it, or maybe that's the lenght just for the digital download, because the hidden song is there?

By the way, where you read that lenght? I can't find that info...
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Post by: Love Expresso on November 15, 2018, 10:22:21 am
Ok guys you got me..  ;D

Sorry I habe the flu... I am running on 70% only .. 

LE
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Post by: jbaent on November 15, 2018, 10:26:55 am
Ok guys you got me..  ;D

Sorry I habe the flu... I am running on 70% only ..  :lo

LE

Take care! Remember you have to go today just in case they have the record. Kick that flu!
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Post by: Love Expresso on November 15, 2018, 10:44:46 am
Thank you!

I will go for sure

LE
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Post by: Love Expresso on November 15, 2018, 11:14:30 am
Really wonderful song. He never was so personal about himself ever. This watching at himself is
mirrored in Floating Away somehow, don't you think?

Or he gets schizophrenic of course seeing other people where are no...  ;D

LE
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Post by: Eddie Fox on November 15, 2018, 11:19:32 am
Ok guys you got me..  ;D

Sorry I habe the flu... I am running on 70% only .. 

LE

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Post by: jbaent on November 15, 2018, 11:25:23 am
Really wonderful song. He never was so personal about himself ever. This watching at himself is
mirrored in Floating Away somehow, don't you think?

Or he gets schizophrenic of course seeing other people where are no...  ;D

LE

Also add Slow learner to the equation...
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Post by: Love Expresso on November 15, 2018, 11:29:15 am
No hiding behind pictures, allegories, not using other charakters to explore himself. Really literally "naked" talking about himself. Took him a long time to reach this part of development, and it's really one. And also he has the selfconfidence to tell us about him as he feels he is an artist and has something to leave behind.

LE
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Post by: enrkaton82 on November 15, 2018, 02:11:59 pm
I am curious about the song (I "only" have the "Deluxe" edition with 16 tracks), but MK store seems to be a "slow learner", so i bet i won´t receive it until next week, i guess. So i would be grateful by any PM (i won´t grab and run, for sure).

Lyrics seem something charming for me, like a Ray Bradbury Tale, whose writing i love.
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Post by: Darling Pretty on November 15, 2018, 06:01:44 pm
Damn thing. My deluxe edition did not arrive today. All other friends already listening. Can someone please PM me the 3 bonus tracks from the EP as well. Thx very much.
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Post by: Marnix on November 15, 2018, 10:45:17 pm
I bought the cd deluxe but don’t have a vinyl player so cab also get the vinyl bonustracks ? Thnx
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Post by: Urrim on November 16, 2018, 02:24:22 pm
I bought the cd deluxe but don’t have a vinyl player so cab also get the vinyl bonustracks ? Thnx


Same here. Got the deluxe digital, but would love to hear the LP bonus tracks!
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Post by: Jasper90 on November 16, 2018, 03:42:35 pm
Nice song as well, really nice melody, just beautifull :)
Track lenght is around 3:45/50 right?
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Post by: Ingo on November 16, 2018, 04:03:15 pm
It seems the bonus tracks are not available digitally at all !!?
I got the deluxe LP box set from Amazon yesterday. Unfortunately the bonus tracks are not included in the downloads you get with the code from the box (these are only 14 songs), and neither they are in your Amazon mp3 library like normally when buying a CD / LP at Amazon. Even worse, no mp3 songs at all in your Amazon account. This feature is for some obscure reason only available with the CD or with the LP but NOT with the expensive mega super CD+LP box set !!?? :thumbsdown
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Post by: Robson on November 16, 2018, 11:05:11 pm
Mark this song should close the album. Why? Beautiful and moving ... Matchstick Man and then Pale Imitations. That should be the order
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Post by: Robson on November 17, 2018, 04:00:34 pm
Number one
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Post by: mschaap on November 17, 2018, 11:56:39 pm
Wonderful tune, nice guitar solo in de middle part. Would even be better if the flute parts were replaced by trumpet.
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Post by: Love Expresso on November 18, 2018, 04:42:07 pm
In the intro there is very low some music on an accordeon if I am not mistaken... like an echoe
Gives me the feeling the narrator (Mark) leaves a room where music is played to be alone for a while?

He often said that in his family was so very important and that his Mum played all those records.
Could this be a little "hommage" to that?

LE
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Post by: jbaent on November 18, 2018, 04:49:57 pm
I have the melody of this song stuck in my head. What a wonderful melodies and again so personal lyrics...
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Post by: Urrim on November 19, 2018, 09:50:09 am
Mark this song should close the album. Why? Beautiful and moving ... Matchstick Man and then Pale Imitations. That should be the order

Agreed. This would've been a great closure of the (regular) album, very tender, sweet and reminiscent.
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Post by: dmg on November 19, 2018, 01:42:24 pm
I have the melody of this song stuck in my head. What a wonderful melodies and again so personal lyrics...

Agree with these sentiments.  Beautiful little solo too.
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Post by: Justme on November 19, 2018, 05:21:22 pm
To me it sounds very personal, very intimate and a bit sad. But a bit spooky somehow at the same time.
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Post by: Robson on November 19, 2018, 10:00:19 pm
In fact, the last song Down The Road Wherever. Wonderful.
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Post by: Knopflerfan on November 19, 2018, 11:24:38 pm
I have the melody of this song stuck in my head. What a wonderful melodies and again so personal lyrics...

Agree with these sentiments.  Beautiful little solo too.

The solo is very Mr Marvin to me...
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Post by: enrkaton82 on November 20, 2018, 04:32:03 pm
The solo is not any "little solo" or "small guitar break", no.

This solo is just pure Knopfler essence selected, manufactured and crafthanded with love, talent, passion and good taste. Nothing more.

I must recognise that nowadays, i didn´t expected that still were something left fromthe magic that MK used in 1979. Surprising and very pleasing.
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Post by: Shai on November 23, 2018, 05:01:19 pm
Does anybody else besides me notice that the beginning of the song sounds like River of Grog?

It's truly amazing how MK sneaks in pieces from other songs, and they blend in so well. I guess after writing hundreds of songs, there are bound to be repeats since there are only a set number of notes to work with!

  Shai
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Post by: tobi777 on November 25, 2018, 07:03:10 pm
The beginning and end remind me of "The Ghost Of Faffner Hall"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxxcIc18fq4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxxcIc18fq4)
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Post by: superval99 on November 25, 2018, 07:11:32 pm
The beginning and end remind me of "The Ghost Of Faffner Hall"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxxcIc18fq4 (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QxxcIc18fq4)

Yes, I thought so too! 
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Post by: Jarle on November 25, 2018, 09:22:01 pm
The best of all the "DTRW" songs. One of his best songs ever, actually. Sentimental and touching...
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Post by: Rail King on December 05, 2018, 10:53:48 am
I'd listened to this for the first time at night, while walking by a place where I spent a lot of time as a child. In instant all-time favourite for me, just wonderful.

Mark always had good b-sides, but this collection must be his best overall. Impressed.
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Post by: shangri la 1 on December 06, 2018, 02:46:56 am
AMIT TV - video for PALE IMITATION.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=acOGvstt15Y
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Post by: allen on December 06, 2018, 03:19:03 am
Thanks for making and sharing this video to us, shangri la 1.  There must have been a lot of efforts putting in this video.  One of the best fan made music video of DS/MK I have ever seen.  Much appreciated!!!   :clap :clap :clap
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Post by: kaleo74 on December 06, 2018, 04:16:29 am
I'd listened to this for the first time at night, while walking by a place where I spent a lot of time as a child. In instant all-time favourite for me, just wonderful.

Mark always had good b-sides, but this collection must be his best overall. Impressed.

Absolutely, there is lots of melancholy in this song, the man can write songs that will touch the heart and the soul, who wouldn’t feel the same in front of his childhood home, the song has something magical.
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Post by: shangri la 1 on December 06, 2018, 09:01:22 am
Thanks for making and sharing this video to us, shangri la 1.  There must have been a lot of efforts putting in this video.  One of the best fan made music video of DS/MK I have ever seen.  Much appreciated!!!   :clap :clap :clap

 :thumbsup
Thank-you Allen. Pleased that you like it. I find making these depictions of my own interpretation of Mark’s classic “stories”, very therapeutic. As you know I have chronic health problems which have played a huge part in my quality of life over the last 30-years.

Another motivation for me is to make use of You Tube’s huge ability to reach, especially  Gen Z and Millennial’s so as to introduce real music to some of them. Then, maybe many of them will, hopefully carry it forward to future generations.

I'm hoping the other 2 I have completed so far, will be cleared by the record company copyright scrutineers soon.

SL1
   
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Post by: dmg on December 06, 2018, 12:16:26 pm
Great video.  I recognise some shots from Scotstoun and Bearsden there.   :clap
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Post by: Knopflerfan on December 06, 2018, 02:12:09 pm
Absolutely superb video for such a superb song - Thank you  :clap
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Post by: Robson on December 10, 2018, 10:04:20 pm
...Nobody does me like I do
Or that’s what they say to me...

I'm thinking about this line :think
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Post by: shangri la 1 on December 11, 2018, 12:16:24 am
...Nobody does me like I do
Or that’s what they say to me...

My take on this is how his unmistakable voice and guitar style, tone, etc. are so difficult to replicate in one performer.
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Post by: Stanko on February 14, 2021, 10:13:54 pm
...Nobody does me like I do
Or that’s what they say to me...

My take on this is how his unmistakable voice and guitar style, tone, etc. are so difficult to replicate in one performer.
I believe the line is addressed to the close group of his followers, and perhaps fans,  "or that's what they say to me".
But let's face it, he doesn't sound like he cares about their take anyway.