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Author Topic: Follow The Ribbon  (Read 5102 times)

Offlinejurdjevic

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Re: Follow The Ribbon
« Reply #15 on: April 22, 2019, 02:31:59 pm »
Any idea what's it about? Some people are wandering through the night obviously for a long time....
What kind of people? Any hints? Soldiers, refugees? Slaves?

"don't care if they like it, don't care if they don't"... these lines seem to be central - who are "they"?

They are critics and fans--he writes for himself. I think the song is autobiographical. He's on a tour bus and following the ribbon, as in driving endlessly for a life time. The ribbon is the white painted lane divider, "a line unwinding through the night." Up in the high country=celtic music, down where the river flows=the Mississippi delta. He's said that his music comes from where the Mississippi meets the Tyne.

Offlinebobfan

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Re: Follow The Ribbon
« Reply #16 on: May 03, 2019, 10:49:13 am »
Joined this site on the back of this song. I cannot believe this didn't make the album! What's even more sad is that, secure that I had all the songs from Privateering on the Deluxe Edition, I didn't even know of its existence until I stumbled upon it on this site whilst checking out set lists for the current tour. It's a beautiful song, and a lot better than some of the songs that did make Privateering, so really bemused as to its exclusion. Also, absolutely criminal that only purchasers of the Super Deluxe Edition got the opportunity (in theory) to hear this track. Does anybody else  hear the melody of 'Old Man River' in the long, melodic, play out?

OfflineFletch

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Re: Follow The Ribbon
« Reply #17 on: May 04, 2019, 12:31:16 am »
You're not alone bobfan, all the Privateering 'bonus' songs should've made the record! Hope you've also heard River of Grog & Occupation Blues? Welcome to AMIT!
Hey, i`ve got a truffle dog - finally a song the ordinary man can relate too!

Offlinebobfan

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Re: Follow The Ribbon
« Reply #18 on: May 08, 2019, 11:05:44 pm »
I haven't heard Occupation Blues. I'll have to try and track it down.

OfflinePottel

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Re: Follow The Ribbon
« Reply #19 on: May 09, 2019, 01:42:31 pm »
so true, most of his solo bonus songs were often better then the main album
any Knopfler, Floyd or Dylan will do....

Offlineqjamesfloyd

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Re: Follow The Ribbon
« Reply #20 on: May 09, 2019, 03:28:29 pm »
I haven't heard Occupation Blues. I'll have to try and track it down.

It is a brilliant song :thumbsup Could be from a soundtrack to a WW2 film.
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