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Mark Knopfler — Don't You Get It
Album: Golden Heart
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Released: 1996
Length: 5:04
Plays (last 30 days): 2
Dont you get it? I dont wanna buy your car
Dont you get it? I dont wanna buy it
Dont you get it? I dont wanna buy your car
Dont you get it? I dont wanna buy your car

Cause I gotta be a free man to run
I gotta be a free man to ride
I gotta be a free man to run
Cause I gotta be a free man to ride
I gotta be a free man to run
I gotta be a free man to ride
I gotta be a free man to run
Cause I gotta be a free man to ride

Now dont you get it? I dont wanna dream your dream
Dont you get it? I dont wanna dream it
Dont you get it? I dont wanna dream your dream
Dont you get it? I dont wanna dream your dream

Cause I gotta be a free man to run
I gotta be a free man to ride
I gotta be a free man to run
Cause I gotta be a free man to ride
I gotta be a free man to run
I gotta be a free man to ride
I gotta be a free man to run
Cause I gotta be a free man to ride

Dont you get it? I dont wanna buy your car
Dont you get it? I dont wanna buy it
Dont you get it? I dont wanna buy your car
Dont you get it? I dont wanna buy your car

Cause I gotta be a free man to run
I gotta be a free man to ride
I gotta be a free man to run
Cause I gotta be a free man to ride
I gotta be a free man to run
I gotta be a free man to ride
I gotta be a free man to run
Cause I gotta be a free man to ride
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 On_The_Beach wrote:

It would have been nice if Mark & JJ could have worked together.  : (
 
Googling the two, I found this gem which offers and explanation https://www.americanbluesscene...
 kmh wrote:
neuraljazz wrote:
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an old post,but my God you're right!
 
wellll... go look at the lyrics from the first few Dire Straits records. Quite different.
 terryweir wrote:
I'm hearing and feeling JJ Cale and it is awesome!  
 
It would have been nice if Mark & JJ could have worked together.  : (
 sfyi2001 wrote:
The 2 guitar solos, especially the first one, are worth the price of admission but the lyrics and the band are crackerjack.
 

Dig the drumming too. Lots to like here. Thanks again RP!
I'm hearing and feeling JJ Cale and it is awesome!  
a bit of j.j. cale influence :)
Would be nice to hear David Knopfler too. His album “Lips Against Steel” would be a great one for RP to share. Cheers Bill & Rebecca, you’re doing a fantastic job. Xx Matt M
The 2 guitar solos, especially the first one, are worth the price of admission but the lyrics and the band are crackerjack.
To me a 7 Not Knopflers best Song to me
So nice snare sound.
 pfwashburn wrote:
For first listen ........ I liked the last minute or so.. it got me tapping my foot !

>>>>> 7                 Naugatuck,Connecticut   :o) 
 You've convinced me to go 6 to 7 on this one too....Long Live RP!!

For first listen ........ I liked the last minute or so.. it got me tapping my foot !

>>>>> 7                 Naugatuck,Connecticut   :o) 
{#Devil_pimp}zesty !
 DaidyBoy wrote:
Dad rock, this one.  My ears don't rate it at all.  Sorry, fans, PSD.
 
Do you believe your opinion is so important to fans that you need to apologize?
This sounds like one of the songs that never made the cut on the Brothers In Arms album 12 years previously.

It is a bit too formulaic "paint by numbers" effort from Mark Knopfler to my ears.

Just a 6 from me. 
Dad rock, this one.  My ears don't rate it at all.  Sorry, fans, PSD.
 Sjaaks wrote:

Superb!!!

This song proves Chad Cromwell is technically the best drummer Mark ever had the pleasure to work with. After Mark's fourth solo album "Our Shangri-La" they parted ways, regrettably. Nowadays i believe Chad is Neil Young's primary drummer.



 

Cromwell is definitely a bad ass but go back and listen to some of the DS albums that Pick Withers plays on.  Withers is a bit more subtle but technical with a groove.

Let me know


Just this once, a MK song doesn't work for me.  But I'll keep listening, sure to love his next one.
 mattcol99 wrote:
Similar feel to "Speedway at Nazareth" - which is equally as smoking!
 
Agreed, though I would also put up "Speedway at Nazareth" as a rebuttal to the lyric complaints, or any other song from that album.
I refuse to believe this was not originally a JJ Cale song.
"Getting pretty sick of this guy. If we want to hear a good guitarist, why aren't we listening to Leo Kottke?"

If we want to hear a good guitarist, why no Gov't Mule (Warren Haynes) on RT?

  

      
Does this guy ever make bad music? Solid 7.
missing a "?".
7 > 8  Excellent!
 Jannne wrote:
..would love to hear some other tracks off this album on RP... Je Suis Desolee, Golden  Heart to name a couple
 
"Cannibals" and "Darling Pretty" are in the library and both are good ones, too.
 Jannne wrote:
..would love to hear some other tracks off this album on RP... Je Suis Desolee, Golden  Heart to name a couple
 
I second that! This is a very good album and deserves some more play. Then again, I like just about everything by Mark Knopfler so keep that in mind too. 
..would love to hear some other tracks off this album on RP... Je Suis Desolee, Golden  Heart to name a couple

I don't get this. Why is this better than a Chris Rea song? In fact, this is a Chris Rea song, no?

There's a lot of Mark Knopfler out there, but I'm wondering why. It fails to grow on me. Please tell me, what feature redeems this tune?


 ch83575 wrote:
Amen to that.  Worst lyricist ever, just play your guitar dude.  Maybe let somebody else write the lyrics from time to time.
 
Maybe you missed the lyrics to this very song: "I don't wanna dream your dream."  He really doesn't care what you think; he's dreaming his own dream.
As Mark Knopfler songs go, this one's pretty so-so. Fortunately, so-so for him means a 7. Solid guitar work, and great musicianship by those with him in general (when isn't there?), but man, those lyrics!

Superb!!!

This song proves Chad Cromwell is technically the best drummer Mark ever had the pleasure to work with. After Mark's fourth solo album "Our Shangri-La" they parted ways, regrettably. Nowadays i believe Chad is Neil Young's primary drummer.


automatic PSD every time
Great great guitar playing, the melody and lyrics, not so much though.
He's good but overrated. Great distinct style.
I get it...but never enough of it... more Knopfler!
 
The boy can lay down some licks.
I can say half of this album is great and the other half is hopeless! This is one of the best tunes.
 That_SOB wrote:
I had been sitting here all day working with a listen to RP and then Knopfler's tune was spinning.
My toes went ballistic and I did the air dance in the chair. Where is that Mark that put out some really
 kick butt music ? Interesting direction into ballads, but he must have a R&R soul down there somewhere, because 
  he is so good at it.  I believe you can grow old gracefully while playing R&R all the way to when your heart
  explodes. If ya got it ya got it .. . Rock on you gray devils.. You have to wonder if Jagger wears a truss, and why
  Richards looks like he stuck his head out of a 90 mph car into a flock of turkeys and took several direct hits. I guess some of us are just lucky to grow old, the "graceful" part is just *self-delusion.
*  Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.”  ―    Ludwig Wittgenstein   
 
I hope I can play rock and roll and blues (guitar) until I depart this earth.  Too many ballads bore me to tears.
I had been sitting here all day working with a listen to RP and then Knopfler's tune was spinning.
My toes went ballistic and I did the air dance in the chair. Where is that Mark that put out some really
 kick butt music ? Interesting direction into ballads, but he must have a R&R soul down there somewhere, because 
  he is so good at it.  I believe you can grow old gracefully while playing R&R all the way to when your heart
  explodes. If ya got it ya got it .. . Rock on you gray devils.. You have to wonder if Jagger wears a truss, and why
  Richards looks like he stuck his head out of a 90 mph car into a flock of turkeys and took several direct hits. I guess some of us are just lucky to grow old, the "graceful" part is just *self-delusion.
*  Nothing is so difficult as not deceiving oneself.”  ―    Ludwig Wittgenstein   

What a load of hyperbolic crap. "Worst lyricist ever?"  Industrial Disease, What It Is, Tunnel of Love, Lady Writer... I think you may be neglecting to mention maybe 3,000 other song writers as "worst." 

< Amen to that.  Worst lyricist ever, just play your guitar dude.  Maybe let somebody else write the lyrics from time to time.>

Knopfler - amazingly frustrating in the post-Dire Straits era. Loved Sailing to Philadelphia...bored by just about all the rest. Just when I think he's gonna put two or three high end tunes together, he mosies along with a heaping dollop of mood pieces that put me to sleep.  The, just when I am ready to write him off, he lays out some blistering guitar...but not often enough.  Maybe if he found some consistent musical partners whom he respected and would listen to for feedback to improve his songwriting....oh right....that was Dire Straits....
 
Maybe Sonny Landreth needs another guitar in the band (see "Congo Square"), or maybe he can join Brian Ferry (see "Boys and Girls") for another album.   
 seattle3313 wrote:
That's true, but I think his musical focus is really on his guitar playing, not his lyrical skills.
 
Yeah...Mark is a player...listen to the instrument, enjoy the music and relax. The guitar at the end of this is lovely.
 seattle3313 wrote:
That's true, but I think his musical focus is really on his guitar playing, not his lyrical skills.
 
Amen to that.  Worst lyricist ever, just play your guitar dude.  Maybe let somebody else write the lyrics from time to time.

Wow, the (long) solo-outro is amazing!
A cousin to 'Twistin' By the Pool'. I'm rockin' by the door!
 archrrone wrote:
It is not a bad word but is does have a negative connotation. Of course if you say 'the dogs bollocks' then that means it is a good thing :)
 
True enough, though strangely a dog's dinner or a dog's breakfast is a disaster. Strange thing, English English, even to us native speakers {#Stupid}

Ok, not yer man's most lyrically complex song, but fun enough.
Digging this!
At least it doesn't sound like all the Dire Straits songs.
 brandog wrote:


Is "bollocks" a "bad" word?

 
This is a funny, right? If not, rough Spanish eqivalent is cojones.

neuraljazz wrote:
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That's true, but I think his musical focus is really on his guitar playing, not his lyrical skills.
DarkStar wrote:
What big rock is Michigan under?
The answer to that question is simple... Jennifer Granholm! We just call her 2-penny-jenny.
A Dire Straits was the first CD I got (when they were just coming on to replace vinyl). I really liked it then but never really appreciated how good they and Mark Knopfler were until I started listening to RP.
I picked up this CD years ago in a clearance bin and believe it to be one of the wisest purchases I've made musically! I love (early) Dire Straits and think Knopfler is a genius. I can even over look the Princess Bride soundtrack, he's that good! :) Thanks for playing this and some more songs from that CD wouldn't hurt either.
A clear 10! :yes:
trekhead wrote:
Clapton , a Puritan?? ...Oh, because his child died and he looks forward to seeing him in Heaven? I guess *I'm* pretty Puritan...
Think there's a confusion between Puritan and purist, yes? See you in court kids.
acceptable only for his guitar playing.
brandog wrote:
Is "bollocks" a "bad" word?
Never mind the bollocks; Here's Mark Knopfler.
physicsgenius wrote:
Getting pretty sick of this guy. If we want to hear a good guitarist, why aren't we listening to Leo Kottke?
Because his last effort, Sixty-Six Steps sounds like a blend of Holiday Inn lounge music and malapropos covers - making it as weak as the Knopfler drivel. . .
He makes it sound easy to play that thing.
Similar feel to "Speedway at Nazareth" - which is equally as smoking!
Well hot damn...he's smokin that guitar by the end... :guitarist:
Double stop paradise. Hit it brother!!
It is not a bad word but is does have a negative connotation. Of course if you say 'the dogs bollocks' then that means it is a good thing :) brandog wrote:
Is "bollocks" a "bad" word?
physicsgenius wrote:
Getting pretty sick of this guy. If we want to hear a good guitarist, why aren't we listening to Leo Kottke?
Isn't the fad of being deliberately off-putting over yet?
Dave_Mack wrote:
I was sure I was gonna hear Bob come in with "We live in a political world...", but I was pleasantly surprised.
dadofsammy wrote:
Me too Dave.
it got me too!
DD joe1 wrote:
Early Dire straights is good...late and solo is...Dire...
Just to set it straight, it's Dire Straits!
Nice guitar ending. Not unpleasant at all.
Nope. Don't get it. Next song please!
His music does nothing for me.
ChardRemains wrote:
Yeah, I'm with you. Marginal for Mark. He's not quite the Puritan that Clapton is. But underappreciated for sure.
I just don't understand the appeal of Clapton. He's a decent pop artist, but I think Knopfler's chops are equal, if not better.
lukinman wrote:
havent heard much from mark,, but what i have so far, i like,, 8!!
What big rock is Michigan under?
havent heard much from mark,, but what i have so far, i like,, 8!!
g1lgam3sh wrote:
Speaking of authenticity, b*ll*cks. I would kill quite a lot of things though to have that touch on the geeetar. (pimp)
Is "bollocks" a "bad" word?
Speaking of authenticity, b*ll*cks. I would kill quite a lot of things though to have that touch on the geeetar. (pimp)
radiojunkie wrote:
Oh, stop it. Knopfler is God.
my sentiments exactly. :guitarist:
Dave_Mack wrote:
I was sure I was gonna hear Bob come in with "We live in a political world...", but I was pleasantly surprised.
Me too Dave.
neuraljazz wrote:
Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Get the hint?
an old post,but my God you're right!
no i really don't get it.... sorry. :?
A long way from 'Sultans of Swing.' Play on, Mark. :)
Oh, stop it. Knopfler is God.
From Lazyhand to Softfingers 8)
Not another average Knopfler song..... you're killin' me Jerry!
ChardRemains wrote:
Yeah, I'm with you. Marginal for Mark. He's not quite the Puritan that Clapton is. But underappreciated for sure.
Clapton , a Puritan?? ...Oh, because his child died and he looks forward to seeing him in Heaven? I guess *I'm* pretty Puritan...
Getting pretty sick of this guy. If we want to hear a good guitarist, why aren't we listening to Leo Kottke?
Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Hey, look, it's a Mark Knopfler lyric Get the hint?
Nice soothing groove...
Pyro wrote:
This is NOT a good example of Mark Knopfler's playing. Those who don't care for this, might try "Love Over Gold" or even better "Brothers in Arms". Mark can make the guitar cry and wail...and sing. I put Knopfler in a category with Clapton....
Yeah, I'm with you. Marginal for Mark. He's not quite the Puritan that Clapton is. But underappreciated for sure.
I'm always rocking out to this tune on radio paradise.
Oh yeah. Turn it up!
I was sure I was gonna hear Bob come in with "We live in a political world...", but I was pleasantly surprised.
This is NOT a good example of Mark Knopfler's playing. Those who don't care for this, might try "Love Over Gold" or even better "Brothers in Arms". Mark can make the guitar cry and wail...and sing. I put Knopfler in a category with Clapton....
skymunky wrote:
maybe I'm on the wrong radio station because all the other comments have been positive for this track. Am I missing something? Sorry, just sounds like a really competent sunday guitar player, jamming with his mates down at the local bar over a few lite ales. That same level of SOUL, or lack thereof. There's just no FIRE in Knopfler and his music, sorry. Seems painfully obvious to me. maybe I'm missing something, but it's all just so mediocre. Great guitar technique, granted, but still mediocre, on the originality, intelligence, wit , dynamism scale. Sorry to have treaded on any sacred cows' toes. Moooo.
I think most of the appeal is just that. That he can get around a fretboard well and constuct some luscious melodies. And the production on every ( ? ) Knopfler release is impeccable. So basically, you've got yourself an excellent guitar player who is extremely audible. And if that does something for you like it does me sometime (you've got to be in the mood I find), then you, my friend, are a Knopfler fan. Otherwise, listen some more and like Bob Dylan you'll understand jsut what is so great about this man even if listening to his music isn't an absolute pleasure. Although he does decend into wankery on occasion (try some live releases...my god, and the audience really WANT 10 minute solos?) Still, there is sometihng worth hearing and worth appreciating here. You've just gotta search a little more.
Early Dire straights is good...late and solo is...Dire...
I was actually thinking earlier on today, why don't they play Mark Knopfler more often on RP? Not my most favourite song, but still Knopfler. Would be nice to hear stuff from his newest album, The Ragpicker's Dream.
:goodvibes.gif: :drummer: :guitarist: :jump: - Riff
I don't get it. :stupid:
Rocks :cool:
skymunky wrote:
maybe I'm on the wrong radio station because all the other comments have been positive for this track. Am I missing something? Sorry, just sounds like a really competent sunday guitar player, jamming with his mates ..... Great guitar technique, granted, but still mediocre, on the originality, intelligence, wit , dynamism scale. Sorry to have treaded on any sacred cows' toes. Moooo.
Skymunky, often my thoughts too. I find his music highly listenable and technically articulate, but the music in general never evokes the godlike feeling in me. Undeniable skill - I wouldn't argue that.
Originally Posted by skymunky: maybe I'm on the wrong radio station because all the other comments have been positive for this track... ...Am I missing something?
Yes you are, however I tend to agree that this is not is greatest work. :wave:
maybe I'm on the wrong radio station because all the other comments have been positive for this track. Am I missing something? Sorry, just sounds like a really competent sunday guitar player, jamming with his mates down at the local bar over a few lite ales. That same level of SOUL, or lack thereof. There's just no FIRE in Knopfler and his music, sorry. Seems painfully obvious to me. maybe I'm missing something, but it's all just so mediocre. Great guitar technique, granted, but still mediocre, on the originality, intelligence, wit , dynamism scale. Sorry to have treaded on any sacred cows' toes. Moooo.
Originally Posted by Leslie: I agree. Awesome guitar work. This guy sure knows how to lay down some licks!
"Lick my Luv Pump", by Derek Smalls of Spinal Tap.
No more Knopfler or Dire Straits please. EVER. neither Eclectic, nor Intelligent, nor, dare I say it, Rock. is there a fast forward on this interface somewhere?
Yes great guitar work :clap:
Good tune... sounds more and more like JJ.
Awesoe tune! I WILL get it!
Originally Posted by Tizmself: Classic Mark. Absolutly great guitar work on this.
I agree. Awesome guitar work. This guy sure knows how to lay down some licks!
Is this off a new CD? Great tune, I really dig it. I really liked his last disc too, Sailing to Philadelphia or whatever it was. Perhaps we\'re going to be hearing more from Mr Knopfler in the future? That would be a welcome relief. ;)
Classic Mark. Absolutly great guitar work on this.