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Mark Knopfler — You Don't Know You're Born
Album: The Ragpicker's Dream
Avg rating:
7.5

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1969









Released: 2002
Length: 4:50
Plays (last 30 days): 1
What do you know about the hammer and the spike?
What do you know about the farm?
You don't know, you don't know what it's like
Because you don't know, you don't know you're born

What do you know about the hammer and the chisel?
You only know the kitchen and the warm
You don't know about the night shift whistle
Punching the clock to the horn
Because you don't know, you don't know you're born

You don't know, you don't know you're born
You don't know, you don't know you're born
You don't know, you don't know you're born
You don't know, you don't know you're born
You don't know you're born
You don't know you're born

What do you know about the hammer and the nails
Or know about the thistles and the thorns?
What do you know about the road and the rails?
Your heart so weary and your hands all worn
Your hands so weary and your heart all torn
And you don't know, you don't know you're born

You don't know you're born
You don't know, you don't know you're born
You don't know, you don't know you're born
You don't know, you don't know you're born
You don't know you're born
You don't know you're born
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I play this to my kids, they don’t get it yet....all in good time 😂
Mark Knoffler after Jerry Douglas. Some one is blessed by the Programming Gods.
 Tomasni wrote:
Long Live RP


Mark Knopfler
You Don't Know You're Born

My rating is a STRONG 8                  

I am saving 9 and 10 for even BETTER
 
Same here, though that's why I'm at 9 and not 10!
Long Live RP!!

Long Live                                                                    Radio Paradise
TY Mark Knopfler for   You Don't Know You're Born
My rating is a STRONG  8       increase to 9               
JJ Cale, meet Mark the multi-millionaire.
 ElainaEast wrote:
Suggest to follow with I'm Dead (But I Don't Know It) - Randy Newman

 
Good idea!
Love the way that cover photo conveys a story. Artistry, like this song...
 h8rhater wrote:
8 to 9
 
... and then some.
8 to 9
7 to 8.
nice vibes
Das ist der Hammer!  Idea dono te bimbi.
 nigelr wrote:
and then, he starts to play.....:) 

 
yep,...........{#Meditate}
Mark, you can get older a better way. Ask Neil.
 haresfur wrote:
You don't know your bone?  My dog does.

 
Ruff!! {#Roflol}
and then, he starts to play.....:) 
 Jelani wrote:
does this sound a bit like Snow Patrol's Shut Your Eyes ?

 
Yes, the backing certainly if not the vocals. Of course this pre-dates Snow Patrol's effort.
 rdo wrote:
This sounds exactly like his song about the coyote...

 
...if you put your fingers in your ears and hum real loud.
                                                         Schwa
                                       What do you know about the sign?
                                        You only know it's on some chart
                                               Yes I know you're tough
                           But, you dont know, you just met a baby delivery stork
                                             Ought to be the slow food
                                 
                      
Very good music - but very bad shows
does this sound a bit like Snow Patrol's Shut Your Eyes ?
 Sbed wrote:
He just announced a north american tour, so look for a great show!
 
Saw him in Sarasota and it was indeed great.
He just announced a north american tour, so look for a great show!
 KaraokeVox wrote:

what about "brothers in arms"?
 
I think this just settles into such a mellow groove they must really enjoy making it.
remarkable melody maker and master songwriting craftsman he was, and is.. {#Music}
 TJS wrote:
Your dog does NOT know my bone.
 
Tell it to the judge.
 DaidyBoy wrote:

Right on the money.  My favourite song from Mr K.

 
what about "brothers in arms"?
 govna wrote:

quit talkin to yourself. 

  yeah, I caught that one, too! RP has the best comments section - you guys don't miss a beat!


 gjeeg wrote:
Deep. Sweet brilliance. Subtle. Profound. Class conscious.

 
Right on the money.  My favourite song from Mr K.
 rdo wrote:
This sounds exactly like his song about the coyote...

 
To the non-discerning.  They are also back-to-back on the same album.
{#Yell} "brilliant" 8 >>>>>>> 9  {#Clap}
love it!  Just saw Emmylou Harris at our folkfest, she shared the stage with Rodney Crowell, but deep down inside i kept wishing him to be Mark!  "all the road running" is a great collaboration. 


 haresfur wrote:
You don't know your bone?  My dog does.

 

Your dog does NOT know my bone.
You don't know your bone?  My dog does.
Oh, I thought he was saying "you don't know you're bald"
It's 5:01 on a cool  (30 deg C) autumn morning in my village and we're cruising thank you Mr Knofpler, Bill, Rebecca and evr'bahdy else!!!!!{#Bounce}{#Bounce}{#Bounce}
 agd3 wrote:

I would love some Zeppelin or Stone Roses before i turn in please

 
quit talkin to yourself. 
 agd3 wrote:
Don't drop it on me with the title and the chorus.  I respect the Neko love affair, but not the Knopfler.  Don't let him get with away with it.
 
 
I would love some Zeppelin or Stone Roses before i turn in please
Don't drop it on me with the title and the chorus.  I respect the Neko love affair, but not the Knopfler.  Don't let him get with away with it.
 
This sounds exactly like his song about the coyote...
I left off with Dire Straits' "Setting Me Up," and returned to this. Very cool.
Great Line up of songs! Making my day after working during most of it! I tell people about this station any chance I get.
Genius plain and simple.  I give it a 12
Deep. Sweet brilliance. Subtle. Profound. Class conscious.
 alux wrote:

 
Utter nonsense.  Still a brilliant artist.  Ragpicker's Dream is a masterpiece.   
 
Agreed.
Brilliant! As usual! Love it.
Great stuff! Everything I"ve heard so far from this album seems stellar!
Mark Knopfler = good music!
 Euskadita wrote:

He's still got the talent but I agree with you. He has been hiding behind country music... He still makes some good tunes, but, 1-2 tracks per album.
 
 
Utter nonsense.  Still a brilliant artist.  Ragpicker's Dream is a masterpiece.   
 fast_eddie wrote:
F____ Mark Knopfler.  Used to like Dire Straits and his stuff, but can't do it anymore....
 
He's still got the talent but I agree with you. He has been hiding behind country music... He still makes some good tunes, but, 1-2 tracks per album.
Highlighting some fine guitar work in this set, Bill.
He's gotta be one of the top 2 handed players of all time. If he spent time changing amps he could play anything ever played, but what fun is changing amps when you wouldn't be sounding like that for awhile?
I never, ever liked Dire Straits so I (stupidly and blinkerdly - is that a word?) thought I'd dislike everything MK did.

How wrong I was and the more I listen to his stuff here on RP, the more I appreciate what a great talent the man is
MK has made his millions and doesnt care about hit singles. He continues to expands his talents and records for us his loyal fan base, and  his own pleasure. Luckily there is RP to let us know of his work, and the guitar in this track is a solid 9 in my book.  Thanks Bill
Yet another gem from "Ragpicker's Dream."  I think this will be the next thing I buy from Amazon, along with "Mojo" by Tom Petty and the Homewreckers.
You seem to know it's MK as soon as it starts, and that's fine with me.
I've been listening to RP a lot over the past few weeks, and have heard a lot of Mr. Knopfler from a wide spectrum of time.  His whiplash playing style has remained fundamentally unchanged, while the setting and style of writing has morphed considerably.  The man has talent.

For those that want to label him as lounge music or elevator music, I can understand that characterization.  For me, it's tunage made for watching the sun set with a glass of pinot.  To repeat, the man has talent.

 fast_eddie wrote:
F____ Mark Knopfler.  Used to like Dire Straits and his stuff, but can't do it anymore....
 

How can you not like riff in this. It's sweet no matter who.
F____ Mark Knopfler.  Used to like Dire Straits and his stuff, but can't do it anymore....
 Sjaaks wrote:
This song was the beginning of new "guitar" period for Mark. After this album "Our Shangri-La" was released, almost the entire album consisted of songs with the typical sharp and edgy "tremolo" sound. Mark always loved this sound, especially when played by his childhood "hero" Hank B. Marvin. He spent a lot of time trying to get his guitar to sound like that but never really made it...

The next album, "Kill To Get Crimson" also mostly featured the same guitar sound and frankly, i grew a bit tired of it... So with the latest album "Get Lucky" Mark found more of his trusted old sound again, thank god for that..

BUT! This one is really nice, so i rated it an 8.
 
Thanks for that info. I didn't know what was going on but it sounds to me like Mark Knopfler singing on someone else's music. Which is not good.



You don't know your Bourne?
This song was the beginning of new "guitar" period for Mark. After this album "Our Shangri-La" was released, almost the entire album consisted of songs with the typical sharp and edgy "tremolo" sound. Mark always loved this sound, especially when played by his childhood "hero" Hank B. Marvin. He spent a lot of time trying to get his guitar to sound like that but never really made it...

The next album, "Kill To Get Crimson" also mostly featured the same guitar sound and frankly, i grew a bit tired of it... So with the latest album "Get Lucky" Mark found more of his trusted old sound again, thank god for that..

BUT! This one is really nice, so i rated it an 8.
M.K. at his dreamy best!
Beautiful song
Just love the guitar on this one.
 peter_james_bond wrote:
The album was co-produced by Chuck Ainlay. This guy has an impressive track record; https://chuckainlay.com/bio.php Here are a couple of photos from his website. The first one shows Mark Knopfler (standing with the grey sweater) discussing some changes he wants to make. The second shows Emmylou Harris in the foreground and you can just see Mark Knopfler through the window.

The Studio

Emmy and mark
 
Thanks for this nice pics!

Driving music. Destination...wherever...

Wonderful.
I love this music!!
REBORN!
("8")

Nice!  MK did a wonderful job for us believers here in Denver earlier this month by the way!  unfortunately he didn't play this song but he made up for it.  Thanks RP
Geeeeez...more MK on here? Getting weary of so much of Mr. Knopfler...but I do like this tune very much.{#Tongue}
i try....
Knopfler continues to grow on me, especially after "All This Roadrunning". 
Groovy.  I like the atmospherics in this one.  6 -> 7.
 

Edit:  I also wish it didn't end so early!

Hey, Bill! Happy 10th and have another great 10! This is the perfect song to tell all of you that my second grandchild, Tucker Zachary, was born at 4:34 MST this morning. Mom, Julia, my older daughter, and baby are doing well. WAHOO!!
The album was co-produced by Chuck Ainlay. This guy has an impressive track record; https://chuckainlay.com/bio.php

 choiceimage wrote:


I agree!!
 
I was just thinking the same - now bring on Wicked Game . . .
 swruch wrote:
Wish the guitar at the end would continue for another 5 minutes.
 
The sign of a great song is you wish it wouldn't end!

 swruch wrote:
Wish the guitar at the end would continue for another 5 minutes.
 

I agree!!
Wish the guitar at the end would continue for another 5 minutes.
Gimme some MK & open road and I'm happy. But my road tunes mixes have swelled since I found RP. Interesting how often RP plays the only bright spot on otherwise bland, obscure albums (not this). How does he find them all?
OK, OK, OK already ! I know I'm born !!!!

I know about punching the clock to the wall !!!

I know about more than the kitchen and the hall !!

Let that liquid genius roll !!

 imcnaney wrote:
I could have sworn this was J. J. Cale until he started singing.  Tulsa sound lives on!
 

Was thinking the same thing and I have the CD.  Tulsa sound indeed!
I could have sworn this was J. J. Cale until he started singing.  Tulsa sound lives on!
mmmmmmmmmmmm. . . .

The guitar solo at the end reminds me of the movie "The Endless Summer"  A very, very, very good thing. . .

{#Daisy}
try Barry Adamson
Groovalicious.

is this that coyote song from that other album of his?? dude is sleep walking his way through all his latest albums....zzzzzzzzzzzzz
{#Cowboy}
 superfido wrote:
So boring.
 

So wrong.  Gorgeous.  The whole album.  You just don't dance around the kitchen enough, that's all.


So boring.
This description fits too many people.
Only disaster can prepare you.
The only escape is insanity.
Cheers!
 n4ku wrote:


Spend a lot of time in elevators?

Do you guys still wear those uniforms and little boxy hats?
 

Yeah! Like that moron in 'The Hudsucker Proxy!{#Lol}
 diazo wrote:
Safe Music For Normal People
 
Mark Knopfler, Totally Underrated Genius

At times I think this song has some striking resemblance to "all the way to Rheno" - song by REM, or vice versa.
This here be a real toe-tapper.  It has the power to move me.
sure beats the shit they play on em now...
Excelsior wrote:
Music for Elevators.
Spend a lot of time in elevators? Do you guys still wear those uniforms and little boxy hats?
diazo wrote:
Safe Music For Normal People
Music for Elevators.
diazo wrote:
Safe Music For Normal People
Do I detect a hint of negative judgemental arrogance here?
Nabla wrote:
Firstly, I thought it's J. J. Cale ... Good stuff anyway! :bounce:
Yea, heard that too.
deeppurple wrote: I thought he was saying: "You don't know you're bald" oh well... Yeah, thought I should look through the comments before I added that, as well. Is this a song for Donald Trump? Beautiful guitar playing, hope The Donald appreciates it. even more ironic for mk
"They say the neon lights are bright - on Broadway."
This is my fave from Ragpicker's Dream. Totally dig MK, esp. solo.
Safe Music For Normal People
This CD is filled with gems like this. Get it.
Firstly, I thought it's J. J. Cale ... Good stuff anyway! :bounce:
deeppurple wrote:
I thought he was saying: "You don't know you're bald" oh well...
Yeah, thought I should look through the comments before I added that, as well. Is this a song for Donald Trump? Beautiful guitar playing, hope The Donald appreciates it.
Perfect riff, perfect sentiment: most of us sleepwalk through life. Leave it pop music and a craftsman like Knopfler to capture this in a mere phrase and chord change. What a gift.
kazuma wrote:
I want my I want my I want my MTV ...
Gee that was clever, did you think it up all by yourself?
I thought he was saying: "You don't know you're bald"
Yeah, slightly less philosophical.
:roflol::roflol::roflol:
Such a sensual voice. Doesn't matter what he's singing. :biggrin:
I want my I want my I want my MTV ...
deeppurple wrote:
I thought he was saying: "You don't know you're bald" oh well...
Yeah, slightly less philosophical. "Money for nothing and your chicks for free."
deeppurple wrote:
I thought he was saying: "You don't know you're bald" oh well...
heh heh... me too!
Mark Knopfler just continues to amaze me...so much talent!
I thought he was saying: "You don't know you're bald" oh well...
Alpine wrote:
B O R I N G
I bet if you weren't chained to your desk...you'd have a better outlook and realize this guy's brilliant.
Imkirok wrote:
Sorry, but that is not technically possible.
Have to agree,,,,you can't overplay MK
SaintAwesome wrote:
Radio Paradise over-plays Mark Knopfler.
Sorry, but that is not technically possible.
Bring that thing!