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Mark Knopfler — Postcards From Paraguay
Album: Shangri-La
Avg rating:
7.4

Your rating:
Total ratings: 1171









Released: 2004
Length: 3:58
Plays (last 30 days): 1
one thing was leading to the next
i bit off more than i could chew
i had the power to sign the cheques
it wasn't difficult to do
i couldn't stay and face the music
so many reasons why
i won't be sending postcards
from paraguay

i robbed a bank full of dinero
a great big mountain of dough
so it was goodbye companero
and cheerio
i couldn't stay and face the music
so many reasons why
i won't be sending postcards
from paraguay

i never meant to be a cheater
but there was blood on the wall
i had to steal from peter
to pay what i owed to paul
i couldn't stay and face the music
so many reasons why
i won't be sending postcards
from paraguay
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I robbed a bank for Rob De Niro?
Oh the NewCastle slick player —I was never a fan, but yer man sure can play smooth
 BluEyes wrote:
I could listen to Mark Knopfler for hours and love every minute of it.
 
I have, and yes.  
What a great voice!
My favorite tune from Knopfler.
I want to believe the manager story Bill, but I can’t find any proof of that.

“Postcards From Paraguay”: I imagined some errant individual doing a runner with the stolen loot. Someone suggested to me recently that the album is partly about the honest toiler versus those who thrive on ill-gotten gains. Perhaps the subject has been more on my mind in these days of corporate crime.

http://www.odabasi.net/shangri-la.htm
 zepher wrote:
I couldn't stay and face the music
So many reasons why
I won't be sending postcards
From Paraguay

Except this one —->


 
Beautiful! But Iguazú Falls are in the Argentina-Brazil border. Very close to Paraguay, though... 
Such a fan! Have seen him live a couple of times, although not for the past 7-8 years. A great musician surrounded by an equally tight band.
 zepher wrote:
I couldn't stay and face the music
So many reasons why
I won't be sending postcards
From Paraguay

Except this one —->


 
Eden. Or maybe Paradise. {#Wink}
 zepher wrote:
I couldn't stay and face the music
So many reasons why
I won't be sending postcards
From Paraguay

Except this one —->


 
"Cept you ain't standing in Paraguay to get this photo.


This always makes me think of the scene in the 'Who Shot Monty Burns' episode of The Simpsons where the wronged Tito Puente gets is revenge on Burns with an incendiary salsa rather than a gun. 
Very nice!
I couldn't stay and face the music
So many reasons why
I won't be sending postcards
From Paraguay

Except this one --->

I like this

and I'd like to hear a slightly less beat-y cover by Sophie Zelmani.  Sophie... are you reading this comment?
 Stingray wrote:

Thanks for the tip!
 
Good to know. Great song.
 Stingray wrote:

TRUE CRIME!

This is the song about the bookkeeper who cheated Mark for a few millions.

 
Hate those b_s___rds
 Synth80s wrote:
I've got over 1,500 albums and Shangri-La is at least in my top 20, if not my top 10.  It's a timeless album with great stories, the excellent musicianship you expect from MK and beautifully honest production.  This is a great song, but not even among the best on the album, IMO.  Live, MK is even better.  "Song for Sonny Liston" from this album absolutely smokes live even when it's just MK on vocals and guitar, acoustic bass and brushed drums.

Even better, Shangri-La is available on SACD with the standard stereo mix in super hi-fidelity and a really fun 5.1 surround mix.  HIGHLY recommended.

-Synth80s

 
Thanks for the tip!

TRUE CRIME!

This is the song about the bookkeeper who cheated Mark for a few millions.


That's some good pickin man!


Ahh, nice. Haven't heard this one in awhile. It's a keeper.
Dire Straits didn't really catch on for me, no matter how much I heard them. But Knopfler's post Straits work is brilliant as far as I am concerned. Just really, really good stuff.

Mark12 by ~catpain-balkudder

Mark Knopfler at Sofiero

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Mark Knopfler - "Postcards from Paraguay" Live

"Amazing Mark. This song has an insight that only a South American would comprehend. He obviously learned whilst performing in Brazil. He really doesn't waste time! Well done."     ioster3




I've got over 1,500 albums and Shangri-La is at least in my top 20, if not my top 10.  It's a timeless album with great stories, the excellent musicianship you expect from MK and beautifully honest production.  This is a great song, but not even among the best on the album, IMO.  Live, MK is even better.  "Song for Sonny Liston" from this album absolutely smokes live even when it's just MK on vocals and guitar, acoustic bass and brushed drums.

Even better, Shangri-La is available on SACD with the standard stereo mix in super hi-fidelity and a really fun 5.1 surround mix.  HIGHLY recommended.

-Synth80s

Just about to go home after a day's work, but now this one kicks in.... Oh well, then i'll stay another couple of minutes... {#Surprised}

9
Very knice.
love love this
 choiceimage wrote:

CONFIRMED! Thanks for making my day.

 
ditto!

Nice!!
Another tasty treat from Mr. K.
 MJMJ wrote:
sounds like he's singing "fwom Pawaguay"

  HAHAHAHAHA!  Check your speakers.


sounds like he's singing "fwom Pawaguay"


Mark Knopfler interview, BBC
The complete interveiw from Parkinson 2000.
Nice and fun. Mark play small parts from three songs; Baloney again, Romeo and Juliet and Money for nothing.


 drtjdel wrote:
Did you get a look at that javelin thrower  (female) from Paraguay at the Bejiing Games? Holy GAWD! Smoooooooookin caliente! The human form! Google 'extremely hot javelin thrower from Paraguay'.

 
CONFIRMED! Thanks for making my day.

A little too low key for me, but it's still Knopler. 
By the way, I am guessing the song alludes to Butch & the Kid... southern Bolivia & Paraguay.

https://brokeinbolivia.blogspot.com/2009/04/legend-butch-cassidy-sundance-kid.html

¡¡Viva Parguay!! I´m from Argentina, I think that Paraguay  is a great country and Chilavert is the best goal keeper I´ve ever seen.  


 drtjdel wrote:
Did you get a look at that javelin thrower  (female) from Paraguay at the Bejiing Games? Holy GAWD! Smoooooooookin caliente! The human form! Google 'extremely hot javelin thrower from Paraguay'.

 
Yowsah!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Did you get a look at that javelin thrower  (female) from Paraguay at the Bejiing Games? Holy GAWD! Smoooooooookin caliente! The human form! Google 'extremely hot javelin thrower from Paraguay'.

SIMPLY GREAT!
Am I crazy or is there a hint of Johnny Cash in here? In any case, I liked this enough to login specifically to rate it.
kaz wrote:
Mark burst onto the scene as a leader and enjoyed several years as a rare talent... now it's considerably later and he needs to produce music on its on merit. On its own this is not special.
Context. Relativity. Everything has merit, even if it's only when considered in context, relative to various factors. Muhammad Ali isn't knocking out people in the ring anymore, but he's still relevant and important in what he's doing nowadays.
ChardRemains wrote:
nice. for old people.
i'm younger than you and i'm enjoying me some Mark Knopfler, you grumpy old fart.
Mark burst onto the scene as a leader and enjoyed several years as a rare talent... now it's considerably later and he needs to produce music on its on merit. On its own this is not special.
ChardRemains wrote:
nice. for old people.
Thanks for these beautifully misrepresentative words about my generation.
dharmanavy wrote:
... When an artist breaks away to discover their own signature they should be applauded for at least having the guts to try ... With little fanfare a true Troubadour is emerging. :guitarist:
Beautifully put. I couldn't agree more. I feel the same way about Tom Petty.
ChardRemains wrote:
nice. for old people.
Eh? Im not so old, this is good, feel how the lead tells the story as much as the words...
It\'s amazing that there are so many differing opinions on this album. When an artist breaks away to discover their own signature they should be applauded for at least having the guts to try. Well this album is a definite break from the Dire Straits sound that doesn\'t mean it can not and does not stand on it\'s own merits. Mark Knopfler is an amazing musician and writer. After putting together a solo career that focused more on the instrumental textures he has left that almost completely behind. Instead we find him subdued, sometimes dark but always alive with stories. Every song takes us on a journey through a land that we could never really imagine. \"Boom, Like That\" is a first-person monologue in the voice of Ray Kroc, the man behind McDonalds. \"Song for Sonny Liston\" is a story about the famed boxers brush with the underworld. I could continue, but why? This album, and Mark Knopfler deserve our attention. With little fanfare a true Troubadour is emerging. :guitarist:
Sorry, quite like this. :redface:
Good taste is its' own reward!
:yawn: :yawn: :yawn: :yawn: :yawn:
ChardRemains wrote:
nice. for old people.
Young twerp
ChardRemains wrote:
nice. for old people. mute!
I don't normally dis folks for their musical opinion, but the first word that came to mind after reading that was: CHUMP. Sorry if you're offended. I'm offended at being called 'old'. Its rating shows I don't need to defend it. I dig the soft-Latin(?) groove and the story of a bad guy in South America. Like Butch and Sundance or something. It's cool. c.
ChardRemains wrote:
nice. for old people. mute!
:lol: . not.
Very nice, but pretty tame stuff.
nice. for old people.
vandal wrote:
:shifty: Double-take!!! At first I thought this was Roger Whittaker covering, "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" then I realized it was Knopfler. This isn't good.
I almost wrote this same comment again!
Best song on the album, IMO.
This is a very good song. Certainly not close to the Telegraph Road or Sultans of Swing, but very pleasing.
Even with Knopfler's amazing catalog, I believe this is his best album. As great as it is in stereo, the SACD 5.1 surround sound mix is a real treat. -Synth80s
rococodeco wrote:
mark knopfler rocks, but this song...eeee ummmm it reminds me of the "margaritaville" song or something. maybe it just sounds kind of cheesy.
"Cheese, Grommitt, Cheeeeese!"
:shifty: Double-take!!! At first I thought this was Roger Whittaker covering, "Don't Think Twice, It's Alright" then I realized it was Knopfler. This isn't good.
dogdokken wrote:
I've been to Asuncion and Ciudad del Este, you'd be hard-pressed to find ANY post cards out there. You will find TONS of bootleg CDs, though luckily Justin Timberlake & Kelly Clarkson and not Mark Knopfler. He's way too advanced for the Paraguao Pirates.
Ha! I have a postcard from Paraguay right in front of me on my bulletin board.
mark knopfler rocks, but this song...eeee ummmm it reminds me of the "margaritaville" song or something. maybe it just sounds kind of cheesy.
I've never heard this song, but once again RP deserves credit for playing cool, interesting music
Stick around, Bill has it on an appropriately frequent rotation. manimal wrote:
Mark Knopfler is a genius and amazingly consistent. I love everything he's ever done. I'd love to hear some from his Ragpickers Dream album.
He is just as great live! Maybe even better. :bananapiano:
great song..... :guitarist:
So beautiful compañero :clap:
:guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: :guitarist: Great Song
Never tire of Knoplfer. Alone or with Emmy Lou or the Straits whom ever. He puts forth great music. Keep it rolling. :guitarist: :guitarist:
keenevision wrote:
Y'know..... Mark Knopfler is like one of your favorite books- never lets you down, always there when you need it.... Saw the Dire Straits back in '84.... and have never been disappointed by ANY direction Mr. Knopfler has taken since.... Incredible when you consider what he has overcome recently.
Yeah? So what has he overcome recently? Does anyone know?...?
Knopfler's voice is haunting, melodies lovely, and guitar playing outstanding. See him live if you get a chance.
I've been to Asuncion and Ciudad del Este, you'd be hard-pressed to find ANY post cards out there. You will find TONS of bootleg CDs, though luckily Justin Timberlake & Kelly Clarkson and not Mark Knopfler. He's way too advanced for the Paraguao Pirates.
Y'know..... Mark Knopfler is like one of your favorite books- never lets you down, always there when you need it.... Saw the Dire Straits back in '84.... and have never been disappointed by ANY direction Mr. Knopfler has taken since.... Incredible when you consider what he has overcome recently.
theo wrote:
Yep! And "Ladyhawke"
Actually that was the Alan Parsons project. Yeah, that surprised me too.
bluedot wrote:
didn't he do the score for "the princess bride?"
Yep! And "Ladyhawke"
The guitar is great; the voice is mellifluous and never off key. The musical allusions to a favorite country of mine, which I loved being in, are on target. But it is too successful at evoking a sad and depressive mood. :clap: :(
bev wrote:
Yup! It's really nice, too! I also like his work on Cal and most especially Local Hero.
Local Hero is a fabulous movie, and I agree that the soundtrack is great.
I love knopfler! glad to hear him on here. Sailing to phili!
My favorite Mark Knopfler work.
bluedot wrote:
didn't he do the score for "the princess bride?"
Yup! It's really nice, too! I also like his work on Cal and most especially Local Hero.
hearing this song motivates me to practice my guitar more often in the hopes that one day I can be even 1/1000th as good as this guy...
:cowboy:
:nodhead: A-OK
jruhnke wrote:
The man don't have the world's greatest voice, and his lyrics are hit-and-miss, but he can play a guitar like nobody's business, and his knack for penning music that moves me is a gift for which I am grateful. I have shown my gratitude by buying just about every album/disc he's associated with, and I'm always happy to hear that there's another one available. Time to buy myself a gift!
I asked it for my birthday, but I didn't get it (they all came with quite original, but non-musical gifts). Now indeed reconsider buying it myself. Brilliant!
ashbyman wrote:
His film scores are excellent. He's one of those guitar players that it takes maybe 10 seconds before you know who you are listening to. Unique tone and unique phrasing. I might upload some tracks from the Wag the Dog score which are the most "Knopfleresque" pieces of music that exist.
didn't he do the score for "the princess bride?"
Knopfler is the man -- even when he's not. :music:
Ease up on the Knopfler...please
physicsgenius wrote:
I could listen to this one song of his only for 5 minutes without killing myself.
Whatever it takes - we're here to help
His film scores are excellent. He's one of those guitar players that it takes maybe 10 seconds before you know who you are listening to. Unique tone and unique phrasing. I might upload some tracks from the Wag the Dog score which are the most "Knopfleresque" pieces of music that exist.
physicsgenius wrote:
I could listen to this one song of his only for 5 minutes without killing myself.
Perhaps a reason to wish the song was a little longer?
jruhnke wrote:
The man don't have the world's greatest voice, and his lyrics are hit-and-miss, but he can play a guitar like nobody's business, and his knack for penning music that moves me is a gift for which I am grateful. I have shown my gratitude by buying just about every album/disc he's associated with, and I'm always happy to hear that there's another one available. Time to buy myself a gift!
I love his voice...It's unique. I like a voice with a little texture in it. I agree with the rest, though. :highfive:
the music is nice but every song from Mr. Knopfler sounds so much like a damn elegy . It is maddening. :rolleyes:
Gregorama wrote:
Give it six.
Maybe seven, just to be safe. :lol:
The man don't have the world's greatest voice, and his lyrics are hit-and-miss, but he can play a guitar like nobody's business, and his knack for penning music that moves me is a gift for which I am grateful. I have shown my gratitude by buying just about every album/disc he's associated with, and I'm always happy to hear that there's another one available. Time to buy myself a gift!
Mark Knopfler is a genius and amazingly consistent. I love everything he's ever done. I'd love to hear some from his Ragpickers Dream album.
physicsgenius wrote:
I could listen to this one song of his only for 5 minutes without killing myself.
Give it six.
BluEyes wrote:
I could listen to Mark Knopfler for hours and love every minute of it.
I could listen to this one song of his only for 5 minutes without killing myself.
I could listen to Mark Knopfler for hours and love every minute of it.
Schmackdown wrote:
Solid! Shangri-La is great in both direct-listening and the background, highly recommended for Knopfler fans.
Totally agree. One of the best albums of 2004. Laurie
Mark Knopfler never fails. Wonderful musician. Play anything, anytime! :hearteyes: :wave:
Solid! Shangri-La is great in both direct-listening and the background, highly recommended for Knopfler fans.
Positively Profound!