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Mark Knopfler — Don't Crash The Ambulance
Album: Shangri-La
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Released: 2004
Length: 4:55
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Don't often open up this floor
Since I handed in, my gun
What all these keys are for
Now my tour of duty's done
You got to know the switches
Now you got your turn
Watch and learn, junior
Watch and learn

Now you will get your trouble spots
Here's one from down voodoo way
Bragged he had me by the you know what's
Very funny, you don't say
The big Enchilada, stealin' elections
Had to go down there, trash collection
Got his cojones on my desk in there
Made into a souvenir
Set of cufflinks, nice pair
The rest of him's, someplace up here
Sometimes you got to put a shoulder to the door

Not so fast, junior
Listen to your pa
Here, son
I'm handin' over to you
Don't crash the ambulance
Whatever you do

What we have here's a dung hole place
Thought it was fly shit on the map
Fat bastard, ugly face, ooh and the personal crap
You can't move the barriers, you can't mess with oil and gas
Had to go down there, stick a couple aircraft carriers in his ass
Fancy dress, medals chest, it's all in here, for all the gigs
Gas mask bulletproof vest, all the usual rigs
There'll be things they missed, they didn't mention
You've even got a whistle in there for attracting attention

Well, I think you're gonna be okay, son
If I had the tour, I guess
These two buttons by the way
This one I hope you never press
Some holy fool, just watch, not like you or me
That one's the whole shootin' match
Right there, it's the whole shitaree
We don't forget who put us here, Jack
That's page one we talk soft
Carry a big stick, pack the biggest gun
We don't like accidents major or minor
You don't want yourself an incident
Don't ever invade China

Here, son
I'm handin' over to you
Don't crash the ambulance
Ohh, here son
I'm handin' over to you
Don't crash the ambulance
Whatever you do
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+1 to 8 for the super chill vibe on this one today...LLRP!!
would like to know what I"m listening to. Nice, sure not MN.
Could be an 8 by replacing accordeon and organ to regular electric guitar
 bruceandjenna wrote:

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The same French scientists who find Jerry Lewis the highest form of comedic genius. . . 
 PJay wrote:
radiojunkie wrote:
Actually, what gets tiring is seeing the same criticisms over and over from people who get bored if one song sounds similar to another, without even listening carefully enough to find out what the song is about. And who complain about Mark Knopfler even though at his worst, he's head and shoulders above three quarters of the other artists out there. <-X That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. =;
Sorry to inform you, but French scientists have recently proven that the barfability factor of mister Knopfler is even higher than previously believed (9.967 to be precise) :puke:. Face it, the guy just sucks. Cheers
 
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 mach-hog wrote:
I like it. It's a good little meditation on morality, politics, meddling... rather timely I think.
 
14 years later, still true.  But this time we're on our way down, not up.
Very funny lyrics! 
 mach-hog wrote:
I like it. It's a good little meditation on morality, politics, meddling... rather timely I think.
 
Yep. This is the first time I've heard this, and I'd not known about the album. Nice one, Mark - lyrics spot on as usual. 8 from the Nottingham jury.
knopfler can do no wrong in my book.  great tune.
Smouldering, kick butt DUDE!!!
I like it. It's a good little meditation on morality, politics, meddling... rather timely I think.
What the heck is he trying to do? :think: :eek: :yawn:
Not his best, but pretty good.
Great great! Oscar
I am really glad that Mark Knopfler went past Dire Straits...not that they were bad, but I really like his solo stuff too, and KUDOS for RP for playing this....this you would never hear on the radio that other white meat lolol:clap:
It's all about: American Foreign policy through the last six or seven decades. French Foreign Policy through the last several hundred years. British Foreign policy since time began. It's a grand tradition. Bruce Cockburn said it best: "North South East West Kill the best and buy the rest It's just spend a buck to make a buck You don't really give a flying fuck About the people in misery"
I knew it was Knopfler right after the first three guitar notes.
jbtidwell wrote:
I think that's exactly what this song is about.
If this song is from GHWB to GWB, I like this presentation vs. uninformed whining. Hey, politics are a dirty business, and this father-son thing we've got going lends to a very interesting story, no matter whether you're on the right side of the fence or not. ;)
jadewahoo wrote:
To my mind this is George the 1st passing it on down to George the Dumber.
I think that's exactly what this song is about. The Dixie Chicks could learn a lesson from Mark Knopfler - he doesn't have to use the stage as a pulpit to make statements from, he uses his music to do it for him... which is so much more clever and admirable. The single from this album "Boom Like That" is all about how McDonalds came into existance. Brilliant Storyteller
Very cool, brilliant!
radiojunkie wrote:
Actually, what gets tiring is seeing the same criticisms over and over from people who get bored if one song sounds similar to another, without even listening carefully enough to find out what the song is about. And who complain about Mark Knopfler even though at his worst, he's head and shoulders above three quarters of the other artists out there. <-X That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. =;
Sorry to inform you, but French scientists have recently proven that the barfability factor of mister Knopfler is even higher than previously believed (9.967 to be precise) :puke:. Face it, the guy just sucks. Cheers
Hm, found the lyrics worth listening to: Don't often open up this floor Since I handed in my gun What all these keys are for Now my tour of duty's done You got to know the switches Now you got your turn Watch and learn, junior Watch and learn Now you will get your Trouble spots Here's one from Down voodoo way Bragged he had me By the you-know-whatsVery funny, you don't say The big enchilada Stealing elections Had to go down there Trash collection Got his cojones On my desk in there Made into a souvenir Set of cufflinks, nice pair The rest of him's Someplace up here Sometimes you got to Put a shoulder to the door Not so fast, junior Listen to your pa Here, son I'm handing over to you Don't crash the ambulance Whatever you do What we have here's A dung hole place Thought it was fly shit On the map Fat bastard, ugly face And the personal crap You can't move the barriers You can't mess with oil and gas Had to go down there Stick a couple Aircraft carriers In his ass Fancy dress Medals chest It's all in here For all the gigs Gas mask Bullet-proof vest All the usual rigs There'll be things they missed They didn't mention You've even Got a whistle in there For attracting attention Well, I think you're gonna Be okay, son You've had the tour, I guess These two buttons By the way This one I hope You never press Some holy fool, just watch Who's not like you or me That one's the whole Shooting match Right there It's the whole shitaree We don't forget Who put us here, jack That's page one We talk soft But carry a big stick And pack the biggest gun We don't like accidents Major or minor You don't want yourself An incident Don't ever invade china Here, son I'm handing over to you Don't crash the ambulance Here, son I'm handing over to you Don't crash the ambulance Whatever you do
To my mind this is George the 1st passing it on down to George the Dumber.
radiojunkie wrote:
Actually, what gets tiring is seeing the same criticisms over and over from people who get bored if one song sounds similar to another, without even listening carefully enough to find out what the song is about. And who complain about Mark Knopfler even though at his worst, he's head and shoulders above three quarters of the other artists out there. <-X That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. =;
Yes yes yes yes!
Actually, what gets tiring is seeing the same criticisms over and over from people who get bored if one song sounds similar to another, without even listening carefully enough to find out what the song is about. And who complain about Mark Knopfler even though at his worst, he's head and shoulders above three quarters of the other artists out there. <-X That's my story, and I'm sticking to it. =;
abbefaith wrote:
you think this is main stream pop?
Yup, I think that. There is nothing new or inspiring about this kind of music, and that makes it tiring to listen to. It's all been done before much better, by others and by mister K. himself.
Drummer4soul wrote:
I think the average of 6.6 is just about right. This is a pleasant song, but nothing amazing from an amazing artist.
Ditto - he's capable of more - I think he's going for a restrained delivery here, but it doesn't suit him. I have to upload some songs from an album done with Chet Atkins - now THAT'S some down-home, good-ole-boy fun!!! YEEE-HAA! :cowboy: - Riff
PJay wrote:
Why does this fart get played so often? I can't stand this main stream pop stuff. I have to tune out now...
you think this is main stream pop?
" ...the whole shootin' match!"
Why does this fart get played so often? I can't stand this main stream pop stuff. I have to tune out now...
music sounds pretty different than dire straits music to me
I think the average of 6.6 is just about right. This is a pleasant song, but nothing amazing from an amazing artist.
You should check out the lyrics on this one. Pretty political. I think Knopfler was focused on them rather than on making the music particularly different sounding.
I agree that RP plays a lot of MK, and that his songs tend to sound the same. But something about this song made me sit up and take notice. I love the words, the melody, the instrumentation. Hearing it here actually caused me to buy this album, my first ever MK purchase. Who knew?
Playing all Mark Knopfler all the time isn't really "eclectic". Especially when the artist has basically one sound in every song.
SaintNick wrote:
Mark is much like other aging artists - most of their work starts to sound much like all of their other work. This is great if the artist is great, and Mark is undoubtedly an excellent musician and song writer.
actually, he's ALWAYS been kind of a one-trick-pony, but what a KEWL trick it is! actually, i'm wrong. his soundtrack to "the princess bride" certainly showed another side. but as far as dire straits and his solo rock stuff goes, he mostly sounds great but mostly the same! i think "consistent" is the loaded compliment to use here...
Hmm, you've piqued my interest Bill.
I like it.
SaintNick wrote:
Mark is much like other aging artists - most of their work starts to sound much like all of their other work. This is great if the artist is great, and Mark is undoubtedly an excellent musician and song writer.
Soo, do ya like it or not?
Mark is much like other aging artists - most of their work starts to sound much like all of their other work. This is great if the artist is great, and Mark is undoubtedly an excellent musician and song writer.
Great album, I'd say better than Ragpicker's Dream and on par with Sailing to Philadelphia. One thing I like about MK's CDs is that they're always nice and long. "Postcards from Paraguay" is a standout on this disc.
That first note made me think it would be Chris Isaac's Wicked Game.