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(04) Just a Boy Away from Home
« on: September 22, 2018, 04:33:10 am »
Just a Boy Away from Home  Mark Knopfler (5:12)
Ian Thomas, Drums
Robbie McIntosh, Guitar
Nigel Hitchcock, Tenor Saxophone
Glenn Worf, Bass Guitar
Mark Knopfler, Guitar, Vocals
Jim Cox, Organ
Tom Walsh, Trumpet
Danny Cummings, Percussion
associated performer - Oscar Hammerstein II


LYRICS

When I was just a boy I’d be kicking a tin
Take the short cut home through the loony bin
I never gave much thought to the souls in there
I was just a boy, too young to care

Well the years go by and you get to see
A dream’s not the same as reality
Well a dream or two is going to crash and burn
And that’s the way that you live and learn

Well it was late one night and I woke at two
And I lay there thinking the way you do
But it’s a long dark night of the soul
When those thoughts are turning sad and old

And then outside on the empty street
I heard the sound of walking feet
Well it was just a boy away from home
And he was singing the song ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’

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« Last Edit: November 21, 2018, 02:19:14 am by shangri la 1 »

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Re: (04) Just a Boy Away from Home
« Reply #1 on: September 28, 2018, 11:40:53 am »
There is further inspiration from close to home in “Just A Boy Away From Home,” which rose from a memory back home in Newcastle, when his father was in hospital after a heart attack.
“He was in Newcastle General, which as anyone from the Northeast of England will know is very close to the football ground. He was lying awake in the middle of the night feeling a bit sorry for himself, and he heard a lad walking on the deserted street outside singing ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone.’ Of course, he was a Liverpool fan and he’d been to the match—or who knows, he might have missed it somehow. But there he was in Newcastle singing his song. My dad found it inspiring, the spirit of it.” The track includes a full, stirring reprise of the famous melody. “It just felt good to play it on the slide,” says Mark. “I thought, ‘I’ve started, so I may as well finish.’ And it’s fun for the band to play.”
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Re: (04) Just a Boy Away from Home
« Reply #2 on: September 28, 2018, 12:52:14 pm »
Another story that stimulates my imagination. It will be difficult to wait until November 16
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Re: (04) Just a Boy Away from Home
« Reply #3 on: September 28, 2018, 01:02:12 pm »
Coincidentally I was thinking about Mark's parents the other day (thinking about his sentence in Life In Songs that he had a good upbringing from both parents.) Without getting too private, do we know if both parents are still alive? His father's death gets connected with not playing Tunnel of Love anymore.  When did he die? And how about his Mother?

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Re: (04) Just a Boy Away from Home
« Reply #4 on: September 28, 2018, 01:07:45 pm »
Coincidentally I was thinking about Mark's parents the other day (thinking about his sentence in Life In Songs that he had a good upbringing from both parents. Without getting too private, do we know if both parents are still alive? His father's death gets connected with not playing Tunnel of Love anymore.  When did he die? And how about his Mother?

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I think his mother is still alive but I'm not sure. I recall when the Emmylou tour I saw somewhere a picture of MK and Emmy with their moms, but that was 12 years ago...
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Re: (04) Just a Boy Away from Home
« Reply #5 on: September 28, 2018, 01:15:39 pm »
Coincidentally I was thinking about Mark's parents the other day (thinking about his sentence in Life In Songs that he had a good upbringing from both parents. Without getting too private, do we know if both parents are still alive? His father's death gets connected with not playing Tunnel of Love anymore.  When did he die? And how about his Mother?

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I think his mother is still alive but I'm not sure. I recall when the Emmylou tour I saw somewhere a picture of MK and Emmy with their moms, but that was 12 years ago...

When I saw David Knopfler 2 or 3 years ago, he spoke about visiting his mother and having a cup of tea together.   He made the audience laugh about her repeating the same things and having to be patient with her!  ;D    I would say that she's now in her 90s - if she's still alive.  I believe his father died in 1993.
« Last Edit: September 28, 2018, 01:17:50 pm by superval99 »
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Re: (04) Just a Boy Away from Home
« Reply #6 on: September 28, 2018, 01:19:53 pm »
So we get the 'Your never walk alone' melody played on slide guitar

MK : “It just felt good to play it on the slide,”
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Re: (04) Just a Boy Away from Home
« Reply #7 on: September 28, 2018, 01:21:14 pm »
So we get the 'Your never walk alone' melody played on slide guitar

MK : “It just felt good to play it on the slide,”

The damned slide!!!!!  ;D ;D ;D ;D ;D :lol :lol :lol :lol

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Re: (04) Just a Boy Away from Home
« Reply #8 on: September 29, 2018, 07:31:34 am »
Yay!  ;)
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Re: (04) Just a Boy Away from Home
« Reply #9 on: September 29, 2018, 09:19:44 am »
I dare to predict that we will detect a little "Heart Full Of Holes" in this song, the polka part then replaced by You Never Walk Alone. It's so typical for Mark to get back to
certain styles with certain themes...

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Re: (04) Just a Boy Away from Home
« Reply #10 on: September 29, 2018, 02:33:02 pm »
A very interesting observation Love Expresso. Heart Full Of Holes is one of the most mysterious songs for me. These voices at the end... And one of the most beautiful texts he wrote
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Re: (04) Just a Boy Away from Home
« Reply #11 on: September 29, 2018, 08:41:44 pm »
A very interesting observation Love Expresso. Heart Full Of Holes is one of the most mysterious songs for me. These voices at the end... And one of the most beautiful texts he wrote

The first time I heard it I couldn’t stop crying, I don’t even listen to the song in public with headphones on because it gets me every time. It is a treasure, maybe the most special and touching song he ever recorded.

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Re: (04) Just a Boy Away from Home
« Reply #12 on: September 29, 2018, 08:48:09 pm »
A very interesting observation Love Expresso. Heart Full Of Holes is one of the most mysterious songs for me. These voices at the end... And one of the most beautiful texts he wrote

The first time I heard it I couldn’t stop crying, I don’t even listen to the song in public with headphones on because it gets me every time. It is a treasure, maybe the most special and touching song he ever recorded.

 :thumbsup Exactly

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why I ever survived to be old
with a heart full of holes...
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Re: (04) Just a Boy Away from Home
« Reply #13 on: September 29, 2018, 08:58:43 pm »
A very interesting observation Love Expresso. Heart Full Of Holes is one of the most mysterious songs for me. These voices at the end... And one of the most beautiful texts he wrote

The first time I heard it I couldn’t stop crying, I don’t even listen to the song in public with headphones on because it gets me every time. It is a treasure, maybe the most special and touching song he ever recorded.
:thumbsup
the line is epic really! "why I ever survived to be old
with a heart full of holes" it just tells everything about the life for you (if you're a human being).
I still can stop myself from crying but who knows if there will be a change on that in the near future  :thumbsup
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Re: (04) Just a Boy Away from Home
« Reply #14 on: October 03, 2018, 10:48:28 pm »
Rodgers and Hammerstein are credited for the song:
https://www.guitarplayer.com/players/mark-knopfler-announces-new-album-shares-good-on-you-son

Guess Mark has been listening to musicals alot for Local Hero. And it inspired him for this song.

 

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