Telegraph Road Lyrics - Dire Straits

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A long time ago came a man on a track
Walking thirty miles with a sack on his back
And he put down his load where he thought it was the best
Made a home in the wilderness
Built a cabin and a winter store
And he ploughed up the ground by the cold lake shore
The other travelers came walking down the track
And they never went further, no, they never went back
Then came the churches then came the schools
Then came the lawyers then came the rules
Then came the trains and the trucks with their load
And the dirty old track was the telegraph road

Then came the mines and then came the ore
Then there was the hard times then there was a war
Telegraph sang a song about the world outside
Telegraph road got so deep and so wide
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Like a rolling river ...

And my radio says tonight it's gonna freeze
People driving home from the factories
Six lanes of traffic
Three lanes moving slow ...

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
And the birds up on the wires and the telegraph poles
They can always fly away from this rain and this cold
You can hear them singing out their telegraph code
All the way down the telegraph road

I'd sooner forget but I remember those nights
Yeah, life was just a bet on a race between the lights
You had your head on my shoulder you had your hand in my hair
Now you act a little colder like you don't seem to care ...
Well just believe in me baby and I'll take you away
From out of this darkness and into the day
From these rivers of headlights these rivers of rain
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 ...

From all of these signs saying 'sorry but we're closed'
All the way down the telegraph road






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ms | Reviewer: angela | 5/6/13

The most prolific + gifted musician - Mr Knopfler. Dire Straits never ages, never fails to inspire. Indeed a musical genius. One that has made music so great that it never fails to inspire.listening to that electric guitar - just mind blowing talent made look so easy. You guys rock!

I just feel the samy way | Reviewer: Jahid | 4/30/13

I just like others. Like Dire Streets very much love Romeo Juliet, Telegraph Road, Brothers In arms. I heard some other title from others review. Now I am going to download them and eat for the night.

LOVE IT! | Reviewer: Fan | 11/28/12

I was first introdused to this song by my dad when I was about 5 years old. Have always liked it although I didn't understand it until later in my life. It is by far my favourite song of all time. I listen to it on a regular basis and it never gets old.. It is truly a musical masterpiece!! The way it moves me and makes me feel is something I have never experienced from any other song. Lot of love to you mr. Knopfler <3

Perfect song! | Reviewer: hatuanvinh | 5/2/12

I've listened to Rock for more than 20 years. Dire Straits stands top of the few best rock bands I knew, they have so many good songs like Telegraph Road, Tunnel of love, Sultans of Swing, Where do you think you're going, ...
I've listened to their songs hundreds time without being tired!

Dire Strait | Reviewer: Teresa | 2/17/12

You'd never have thought that such a young girl like me would say this, but Dire Straits is one of the best bands in the world...I always go to sleep with DS..especially Brothers in Arms and Telegraph Road are awesome..every night they take me to another world!

I thank you Dire Straits for being the best pure instrumental band i've ever heard, for giving me this kind of music in a bussy bloody useless world...

Peace from Holland,
T



KNOPFLER AT THE QUINTESCENCE OF QUALITY | Reviewer: Anonymous | 2/25/11

I have listened to this track on a weekly or more basis since 1982 - I've heard it in concert twice - It still makes the hairs on the back of my neck stand up 29 years later.What a shame Mark's gone all USA.

Masterpiece | Reviewer: Tbreeze | 2/3/11

Dire Straits' best and Mark Knophler's best, and of course that is saying a lot. This song is amazing, it's my favorite song, and it is worthy of being in anyone's top ten list.

What makes song so great? The intricacy of the music, yet its ability to flow. The incredible guitar. The mind-blowing lyrics, my favorite of which is the last stanza:

"Well just believe in me baby and I'll take you away
"From out of this darkness and into the day
From these rivers of headlights these rivers of rain
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"

For my tastes, this song is perfect, and for any non-philistines it should be regarded as a modern masterpiece.

Dire Straits at their most brilliant | Reviewer: Conan the Librarian | 5/11/10

Inspired by a trip down Detroit's actual Telegraph Road whilist reading Knut Hamsun's "Growth of the Soil" (and I suspect, Samuel Foss' "The Calf-Path), This symphonic rock masterpeice represents the zenith of Knopfler's creative prowess. They would play this song in it's entirety on commercial radio back in the day, if you can believe that!

My favorite song | Reviewer: Chuck Wolny | 10/26/09

This is in my opinion is the best rock song ever. It is like a rock symphony the guitar, the key boards, the lyrics, the percussion, it is a masterpiece! The Michelangelo did it in the "Pieta". Church's "Niagra Falls" does it in a painting awesome totally awesome. I have been listening to rock for 45 years nothing moves me like this song.

Not just auto jobs... | Reviewer: Anonymous | 10/28/08

"Michigan is in an economic depression now because of the automotive industry among other things and the verses about unemployment describe this perfectly, even though Dire Straits wrote this years before. hmm..."

That's because he's singing about the race riots. Anyone who had the means left.

Telegraph Road | Reviewer: Fred Herrmann | 8/16/08

I have sooo much love for this song. It's melodic invention, especially the piano solo speaks to me in such a way that very few songs have ever. It just captures a certain essence devoid platitudes and frivoulous nonchalance. Its a song that allows one to discover love in even the darkest of spaces!!!

And it kept it all ! | Reviewer: G.T | 7/18/08

I had the luck to listen to this one, late at night... Not kidding, it was during Mark Knopfler playing "solo" (eer that means without Dire Straits, but with some great musicians too) on April this year. The song is still as strong as it was at the time it was released.
It was a great live too, no matter what some reviewers wrote in the papers.

Awesome | Reviewer: Anonymous | 12/6/07

Probably my best song ever. Period.
The lyrics, instrumentals and passion within this song are truely mind blowing and it is impossible to tire from listening to it.
In my opinion, Dire Straits' best song and it deserves to be as popular as money for nothing and romeo and juliet.
My best part is first 2 minutes, the opening with the beautiful piano work mixed with the haunting sound of silence, perhaps representing the potential industrial boom waiting to happen.
Excellent.

fascinating | Reviewer: appolodor | 6/23/07

this song is really amazing..no more words,just music and feeling.

Telegraph Road | Reviewer: tokugawa_miyako | 5/29/07

This is an awesome song- one of my all time favorites. It takes you through a story using both the music and the lyrics. It has several musical parts that all have a sort of similar theme (two chords in particular kept appearing throughout the song, I noticed). Plus, it's also a very timely song for the state of Michigan (where Telegraph Road is). Michigan is in an economic depression now because of the automotive industry among other things and the verses about unemployment describe this perfectly, even though Dire Straits wrote this years before. hmm...


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