Music Monday and BERYL by Mark Knopfler

I love Mark Knopfler, and he has a new album out.

“Beryl” is the title track from Tracker. The song is about Beryl Bainbridge, a British novelist. She was frequently nominated for the Booker Prize, the most prestigious award given to a British writer of fiction, but did not receive one until after her death in 2010. Mark Knopfler considered she was not properly recognized in her lifetime and sings,

“Beryl was on another level
When she got a Booker medal
She was dead in her grave
After all she gave
After all she gave

Beryl, every time they’d overlook her
When they gave her a Booker
She was dead in her grave
After all she gave
After all she gave

It’s all too late now
It’s all too late now
It’s too late, you dabblers
It’s all too late
It’s too late, you dabblers
It’s all too late …”

The lyrics are sad, but the song is upbeat. And Mark Knopfler’s guitar playing is simply … sublime.

With his song about her, Beryl Bainbridge’s books will hopefully gain a new audience.

Have a great week, and my thanks to author Tim Dittmer for making me think of this song for my Music Monday post. Thanks Tim! 🙂

~ eden

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11 responses to “Music Monday and BERYL by Mark Knopfler

  1. my favorite guitar player

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  2. I hadn’t heard this one by Knopfler. It is such an education for me, following you.

    Thank you, kind lady.

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  3. Corinne O'Flynn

    I am a Dire Straits fan. I haven’t sought out his solo work, but whenever I hear his voice, it brings me back. Such a talented guy. 🙂

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  4. Brilliant! That voice and guitar still hold the magic!

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  5. I like the sound of this one!

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