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The Boy EP (02) The boy
« on: April 21, 2024, 01:33:08 PM »
 THE BOY

Sandwich in my pocket
Topcoat buttoned tight
Still thirty miles to pedal
On these empty roads at night
But the moon’s a giant lantern
There’s no need for a light
I’ll be home in good time In the morning

The Boy turned pro so early
Went down London way
I’ll pay a visit now and then
Make sure he’s okay
We don’t do too much talking
We look forward anyway
Sometimes we’ll just talk
About the same old

Who knows where the world is going
Nobody does
But all the same
We could never change
We could never change
Because he’s all we’ve got
No more or less
The Boy, God bless
He’s just The Boy

There’s no sign he’ll pack it in
Says why should he stop
He makes more money in that gym
Than in any blacksmith’s shop

He seems to like the glamour
The crowds and city lights
He likes the cash, he likes the flash
And fuss around the fights
Will he know when it’s all over
Will he still be sharp and bright
Still be working
Still be on a payroll?

Who knows where the world is going
Nobody does
But all the same
We could never change
We could never change
Because he’s all we’ve got
No more or less
And he’s The Boy,
God bless
He’s just The Boy
The Boy, God bless
He’s just The Boy

Guitars, Vocals: Mark Knopfler
Electric Guitar: Richard Bennett
Synths: Guy Fletcher
Piano: Jim Cox
Bass Guitar: Glenn Worf
Drums: Ian ‘Ianto’ Thomas
Percussion: Danny Cummings
Low Whistle: John McCusker, Mike McGoldrick
Backing Vocals: Emma Topolski, Tamsin Topolski
« Last Edit: April 21, 2024, 09:41:54 PM by Knopflerfan »
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Re: The Boy EP (02) The boy
« Reply #1 on: April 21, 2024, 02:12:20 PM »
Fantastic song! Loving how there is even a boxing bell sound made by Ian Thomas at the beginning. Would have been fantastic live song like already stated.

I presume you mean the track 'All Comers' as this has the bell and would have made an ideal show opener!!
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Re: The Boy EP (02) The boy
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2024, 02:15:03 PM »
Fantastic song! Loving how there is even a boxing bell sound made by Ian Thomas at the beginning. Would have been fantastic live song like already stated.

I presume you mean the track 'All Comers' as this has the bell and would have made an ideal show opener!!

Sorry, I will make the switch.

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Re: The Boy EP (02) The boy
« Reply #3 on: April 21, 2024, 02:32:05 PM »
Fantastic song! Loving how there is even a boxing bell sound made by Ian Thomas at the beginning. Would have been fantastic live song like already stated.

I presume you mean the track 'All Comers' as this has the bell and would have made an ideal show opener!!

Sorry, I will make the switch.

No problem at all...
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Re: The Boy EP (02) The boy
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2024, 04:49:16 PM »
Beautiful song. Wonderful this song unfolds and could be longer.
I know the way I can see by the moonlight
Clear as the day
Now come on woman, come follow me home

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Re: The Boy EP (02) The boy
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2024, 08:28:10 PM »
Laid in bed last night with the curtains open whilst I listened to 'the boy' ep (yet again) and I was drifting off to rest when these beautiful lyrics were sung:

'But the moon’s a giant lantern
There’s no need for a light
I’ll be home in good time In the morning'

How poignant I thought!!

(Picture of the moon taken from our home tonight!)

« Last Edit: April 23, 2024, 10:17:29 PM by Knopflerfan »
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Re: The Boy EP (02) The boy
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2024, 10:34:26 PM »
One of his best songs. Period.

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Re: The Boy EP (02) The boy
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2024, 10:35:36 PM »
Laid in bed last night with the curtains open whilst I listened to 'the boy' ep (yet again) and I was drifting off to rest when these beautiful lyrics were sung:

'But the moon’s a giant lantern
There’s no need for a light
I’ll be home in good time In the morning'

How poignant I thought!!

(Picture of the moon taken from our home tonight!)

Yeah what an amazing song, brilliant writing and very touching song, I'll have to review my ranking of Mark songs, this one's going to go very high on the list, may I say, This one's not going to end well ... for some songs  ;D Ah another one to move to the list too  :smack
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Re: The Boy EP (02) The boy
« Reply #8 on: May 01, 2024, 10:10:57 PM »
I can confidently say that this is the most beautiful song on the EP. And one of the most beautiful songs in the entire MK catalog.
I know the way I can see by the moonlight
Clear as the day
Now come on woman, come follow me home

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Re: The Boy EP (02) The boy
« Reply #9 on: May 02, 2024, 01:14:03 PM »
I can confidently say that this is the most beautiful song on the EP. And one of the most beautiful songs in the entire MK catalog.

I like it too but like so many of his songs now they have become more like stories without much of a melody attached.  Personally it's always the melody that catches my attention first.  When you're a young boy/girl you don't know what songs mean, you just like the melody so obviously there must be something in it!
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Re: The Boy EP (02) The boy
« Reply #10 on: May 02, 2024, 01:34:04 PM »
I can confidently say that this is the most beautiful song on the EP. And one of the most beautiful songs in the entire MK catalog.

I like it too but like so many of his songs now they have become more like stories without much of a melody attached.  Personally it's always the melody that catches my attention first.  When you're a young boy/girl you don't know what songs mean, you just like the melody so obviously there must be something in it!

It's true and this song is a good example of it. But I have this song in my head all the time. And this phrase:

Who knows where the world is going
Nobody does
But all the same
We could never change
We could never change
Because he’s all we’ve got
I know the way I can see by the moonlight
Clear as the day
Now come on woman, come follow me home

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Re: The Boy EP (02) The boy
« Reply #11 on: May 02, 2024, 03:27:03 PM »
I can confidently say that this is the most beautiful song on the EP. And one of the most beautiful songs in the entire MK catalog.

I like it too but like so many of his songs now they have become more like stories without much of a melody attached.  Personally it's always the melody that catches my attention first.  When you're a young boy/girl you don't know what songs mean, you just like the melody so obviously there must be something in it!

and even more when you're not a native english speaker !

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Re: The Boy EP (02) The boy
« Reply #12 on: May 02, 2024, 08:45:58 PM »
I can confidently say that this is the most beautiful song on the EP. And one of the most beautiful songs in the entire MK catalog.

I like it too but like so many of his songs now they have become more like stories without much of a melody attached.  Personally it's always the melody that catches my attention first.  When you're a young boy/girl you don't know what songs mean, you just like the melody so obviously there must be something in it!

Yes, that's true, but what a beautiful song, for me one of the most beautiful he's written in a long time, the lyrics and arrangements are beautiful.
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Re: The Boy EP (02) The boy
« Reply #13 on: May 03, 2024, 07:00:30 AM »
Love it. It reminds me a bit of "Heart of Oak".
And she's sitting in her Lusso, in the early morning sun.

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Re: The Boy EP (02) The boy
« Reply #14 on: May 04, 2024, 08:24:21 AM »
It is very touching, indeed. And beautiful.
I was wondering who is speaking in the beginnning? Is that the father cycling back home from his visit to London?
And she's sitting in her Lusso, in the early morning sun.

 

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