Monday, May 18, 2020

Covid 11, Dire Straits and lockdowns

I was listening to some Mark Knopfler (Dire Straits) songs and checking their lyrics, three of his songs somehow portrayed the lockdown hysteria that the world has seen.

(1) Telegraph Road (1982)

I used to like to go to work but they shut it down
I got a right to go to work but there's no work here to be found
Yes and they say we're gonna have to pay what's owed
We're gonna have to reap from some seed that's been sowed...

From the anger that lives on the streets with these names
'Cos I've run every red light on memory lane
I've seen desperation explode into flames
And I don't want to see it again...

(2) Industrial Disease

On ITV and BBC they talk about the curse.
Philosophy is useless, theology is worse.
History boils over there's an economics freeze.
Sociologists invent words that mean "industrial disease".

(3) Your latest trick,

And we're standing outside of this wonderland
Looking so bereaved and so bereft
Like a Bowery bum when he finally understands
The bottle's empty and there's nothing left.

Great songs, as always. Thanks Mark.

See also:
Covid 8, Deaths in lockdown vs No lockdown countries, May 04, 2020 
Covid 9, GDP growth of lockdown vs No/Lite lockdown (preliminary), May 05, 2020 

Covid 10, Big global pandemics, fatality rate, May 06, 2020.

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