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Mark Knopfler — Hill Farmer's Blues
Album: The Ragpicker's Dream
Avg rating:
7.8

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Total ratings: 827









Released: 2002
Length: 3:28
Plays (last 30 days): 1
I'm going into Tow Law
For what I need
Chain for the ripsaw
Killer for the weed
The dog's at the back door
Leave him be
Don't feed him jack
And don't wait up for me

Going into Tow Law
To fuel my fire
Shells for the twelve
And razor wire
The dog's at the back door
Leave him be
Don't do jack
And don't wait up for me

So bad so bad
So bad so bad

I'm going into Tow Law
To have my fun
Don't get me wrong
You were the only one
Behind my back lord
You made a fool of me
Don't do jack
And don't wait up for me

So bad so bad
So bad so bad
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I hardly ever heard any Mark Knopfler until I started listening to Radio Paradise. Thank You for another of many introductions to great music.
that guitar... :)
 kimschoice wrote:
First time hearing this song.  Liked it immediately, loved it as the song progressed - typical for MK song.  And I would love to see it/him live.  He's on the list.  One of my top "10" songs is the live version of Romeo and Juliet and Heavy Fuel.  goosebumps indeed. 
 
Have seen him 3 times live.  Fantastic show and he is always surrounded by incredible musicians that he features extensively throughout 
Great lyrics Great song
This guy has certainly been around and paid his dues, eh?
On the one hand, structurally, it's nothing that we haven't heard before, and on the other hand it's got Mark's unique and indelible imprint of style and skill. Production is awesome too. A solid nine for me. 
Hmmm. I will add though, he has a gift for taking something mundane and turning it into something sublime. Yeah.
Or is that just repeating myself?
One of my favorite Mark Knopfler songs. It's a bit restrained on this album but really takes off in concert. Has been the highlight of every Knopfler show I've seen.  
Such beautiful song 
Nothin like a bit of Mark Knopfler early doors. (Except perhaps something from his brother..?)i
I was at work this morning and my mood was off and I thought what is missing.  Oh yeah, Radio Paradise.  Day is over and it went well.
Thanks Bill
Love me some Knopfler....
He weaves the best stories and all his musical talent enhances and imbues emotions into the tales.
From Dire Straits to his solo work, he has become untouchable as a song writer, singer and guitarist!! Never tire of anything he is involved in!
First time hearing this song.  Liked it immediately, loved it as the song progressed - typical for MK song.  And I would love to see it/him live.  He's on the list.  One of my top "10" songs is the live version of Romeo and Juliet and Heavy Fuel.  goosebumps indeed. 
 Sjaaks wrote:
To me, the best song of this album by far and definitely in the top 3 of Knopfler's solo work. And if you think this is good, you should hear it live with a couple of minutes of improvisation as outro —> *goosebumps*.
10, no less than godlike

 
Couldn't rightly say if this song is in my top 3 of MK, but definitely agree with the live version, the goosebumps, and the 10.

Or,

Amen!!
I like just about anything MK has done — solo, with Emmy Lou, Dire Straits, and on some of the very finest movie scores like Princess Bride (which greatly enhances the movie) and Local Hero. Great guitarist, producer. A real humanist. Superlatives to Tunnel of Love, Telegraph Road, Theme from Local Hero, and on. 
There's nothing meh about a 10.  I love everything about this tune, right down to the album cover design.  It all works wonderfully together  
He is better as a single artist than when he was in Dire Straits, but there is just something about his style that rubs me the wrong way. 

This is probably the most I have ever liked one of his songs. And it is still only meh.  

This musician, singer-songwriter, Mark Knopfler, is hard to find bad songs. It was so at the time incorporated the Dire Straits. Indeed, each new work he threw, it was always a discovery appetizing.

It not was those bands where every album enjoyed only 2 or 3 songs that were editing promotional singles, and the rest of the songs was to "fill" the void LP.

No.  Both, Dire Straits, Mark K. as now, the soil, each album is carefully crafted in order to provide the same level of musical interest, from beginning to end.

I say it the way they edited the recent album Privateering, I've heard a few songs out there quickly, and my "theory" is confirmed. It's a treat to hear every song, every chord, every melody out of the hands of this musician.


No exaggeration to say that Mark Knopfler is probably one of the most honest musicians, and complete, currently on the music scene.


But, for all of us (the truly interested), Mark Knopfler does not address the music in an easy and commonplace, and I believe that the purpose of this musician, 63 years old, this stage of the game, not the desperate search for affirmation and success sales on a large scale.

I think it's more for the pleasure of playing, to recreate, which is a privilege of who does what he likes, and simultaneously, make a profession of survival (and not only).

~calypsus_1



Thanks Bill! Thanks RP!

Just what i needed for this day to be perfect. EXCELLENT set came by today, WONDERFUL!

A well deserved 10 for the 22nd of December 2011.
I've been lamenting all day about how I have faded away from the life source of music, and thank radio paradise for rekindling that love.  But, I forget that with certain artists I have never lost track;  Knopfler is one of them, own a bunch of his albums, he is an amazing guitarist, lyricist, stylist, and arranger.
Bill, you're jammin' today!  Can't think of a better way to spend my Sunday afternoon. :o)
Nice!
To me, the best song of this album by far and definitely in the top 3 of Knopfler's solo work. And if you think this is good, you should hear it live with a couple of minutes of improvisation as outro —> *goosebumps*.
10, no less than godlike
I enjoy this album much more than the previous 'Sailing to Philadelphia.'  Sailing's good, this is great.

Knopfler is just soooo good.  Always.
 Chipps wrote:
Every time I hear this tune I wonder why I've not bought that album yet - as a huge Dire Straits fan I sort of drifted way from Mr K, but I reckon it's time I went for a trolley dash around iTunes and bought the complete set... Top tune! And I quite like the drums coming in all loud and brash... :)
 
Buy it, the album is a masterpiece.
Simply, a masterpiece.
Every time I hear this tune I wonder why I've not bought that album yet - as a huge Dire Straits fan I sort of drifted way from Mr K, but I reckon it's time I went for a trolley dash around iTunes and bought the complete set... Top tune! And I quite like the drums coming in all loud and brash... :)
bigstory wrote:
Is Mr. Knopfler a private supporter of RP?
Canadian.
This is quite possibly the best Knopfler I've heard. I'm torn between this and his duet with Emmylou Harris. Most excellent.
xkolibuul wrote:
Some of my best friends are hillfarmers. I love love love this song.
I am a farmer (though not on the hills) and I am listening to this song for I think the first time. It sounds good.
Some of my best friends are hillfarmers. I love love love this song. TimeWaster wrote:
This is the best song on this album, IMO.
That there is no solo in the end borders on criminal. MK said in some interview that he didnt do one because he felt he said all he wanted to say. the song just begs for a solo, i dont know what was he thinking.
rumplestiltskin wrote:
I really enjoy this song, but the drums come in kinda harsh and clumsy at the end and destroy the mood, don't you think?
I kind of like it, but I can see your point. Personal preference, I guess.
This is the best song on this album, IMO.
I really enjoy this song, but the drums come in kinda harsh and clumsy at the end and destroy the mood, don't you think?
Very, very nice. And I agree that Mr. Knopfler's guitar picking is wonderfully distinctive. I love it.
It's amazing how I could recognize this was Knopfler just from the first few guitar sounds.
Bored now.
This is great, need a copy of the CD. :dancingbanana_2:
he's always been one cool cat! :cowboy:
I like this album but this song just drags.
I bet Mark Knopfler could write about his pet hamster and make it compelling.
Can we get back to Mark Knopflers gorgeous album 'The Ragpickers Dream' and this beautiful song, I gave it a 10, I thought this album was brilliant! …don't you think Knopfler is just one of those rare and amazing artists who continually produces work that is ‘a cut above'. …and who's PG, his bassist or sumpthin?
Tux wrote:
Maybe that is how you percieve it. I personally find hist posts utterly ammusing, but that might be because I somewhat share his taste. Well, that is one of the merits of RP. There's soany ways to enjoy it.
Um, one of the nice things about RP these days is that you can check just what people's tastes are. About 53%of the songs PG has rated he's placed at 3 or lower. You on the other hand have closer to 30% at 3 or lower. I don't think you share tastes as much as you might think (which is to your credit). Plus PG is known as a troll on sites other than just RP. He really is going for the acrimony factor.
Marr wrote:
I agree that its not necessary to call PG a horse's ass. But PG is a troll. His comments are intended to cause acrimony, not spark intelligent, thoughtful discussion about the merits of the music. I've read enough of his stuff to be able to say that he rarely says anything good. Its frankly shocking when he does.
Maybe that is how you percieve it. I personally find hist posts utterly ammusing, but that might be because I somewhat share his taste. Well, that is one of the merits of RP. There's soany ways to enjoy it.
Tux wrote:
What a stupid thing to say. And he didn't even post a comment here. Physicsgenius has shown that his taste qualifies here with the bests tastes available here :) He might express his feelings sometimes in a way you don't like, but cope with it. That's not hate, that is honousty. He at least dares to say that good music is good, and bad music is bad (though he most often expresses that as really bad, but then again, most of the time he's right) Look in the mirror and say it again. Having a different taste, and expressing that is not making you a horse ass or whatever negative objects you have in mind (to put it in).
I agree that its not necessary to call PG a horse's ass. But PG is a troll. His comments are intended to cause acrimony, not spark intelligent, thoughtful discussion about the merits of the music. I've read enough of his stuff to be able to say that he rarely says anything good. Its frankly shocking when he does.
Farquwaar wrote:
Physicsgenius is a horse's ass
What a stupid thing to say. And he didn't even post a comment here. Physicsgenius has shown that his taste qualifies here with the bests tastes available here :) He might express his feelings sometimes in a way you don't like, but cope with it. That's not hate, that is honousty. He at least dares to say that good music is good, and bad music is bad (though he most often expresses that as really bad, but then again, most of the time he's right) Look in the mirror and say it again. Having a different taste, and expressing that is not making you a horse ass or whatever negative objects you have in mind (to put it in).
please no more, Mark Knopfler it's putting me off my work!
A terrific addition to RP's MK stable. Understated. Reminds me of my Uncle Leo's place in Galway.
Farquwaar wrote:
Physicsgenius is a horse's ass
That's just what Physicsgenius wants you to say.. Don't encourage him. Ignore him! This is an excellent song!
underarmor wrote:
I think he goes to the PhysicsGenius hater school.
Physicsgenius is a horse's ass
Love his guitar - great tune
houdini wrote:
Wow - not even one minute in and you voted a 1? Unbelievable.
I think he goes to the PhysicsGenius hater school.
Love to hear just about anything Mark does - wonderful album... a favorite of mine anyway.
bigstory wrote:
Is Mr. Knopfler a private supporter of RP?
Wow - not even one minute in and you voted a 1? Unbelievable.
Angry, angry, beautiful tune.
Is Mr. Knopfler a private supporter of RP?