Telegraph Road – Mark Knopfler

By | March 23, 2020

As I self-isolate during this COVID-19 pandemic I have had time to reflect by reading and listening to music. One of my favorite musicians is Mark Knopfler. The song below speaks to me in these times.


Mark Knopfler – Telegraph Road Lyrics

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
he made a home in the wilderness
he built a cabin and a winter store
and he plowed up the ground by the cold lakeshore
and the other travelers came riding down the track
and they never went further and 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 loads
and the dirty old track was the telegraph road
Then came the mines – 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
like a rolling river
And my radio says tonight it’s gonna freeze
people driving home from the factories
there’s six lanes of traffic
three lanes moving slow
I used to like to go to work but they shut it down
I’ve 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
You know I’d sooner forget but I remember those nights
when 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
but 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 wanna 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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This makes me think about a certain song that keeps coming back to me when I go to work. A previous pastor would often talk about songs that popped into his mind and how he thought that they were God talking to him. Certain lyrics would stand out as something the Holy Spirit wanted to convey at the moment. I keep finding myself humming the intro to a certain song and then I get to the chorus and it just pops out at me. It just comes out by itself, I am not intentionally remembering the song. This happens almost every day now at work. The song is a Kerry Livgren, A.D. song and the chorus goes like this:

“Fathers and sons, are carrying guns.
They cover the earth like a flood.
They labor in vain for the end to the pain.
But Freedom was purchased in blood.
And the blind leads the blind further away…”

It stands out as another warning about our soon coming future.
I see the economic problems that this plague is already starting erupting into mass rioting in many countries in the summer.
I also expect to see many civil wars in the fall.
Not good news to our ears, but God is going to great lengths to try to get the world’s attention right now.
I see this as a “get the Fear of God” time or bust.
I am choosing the Fear of God and let the evil men like in ARBCA get the busting…