Let It All Go (2007) – Mark Knopfler

Let It All Go is the third song to appear here from Mark Knopfler (inc. Dire Straits) and it certainly won’t be the last. He’s been on my playlist for years. A lot of his solo music (post Straits) is unassuming and restrained, but I find it very soothing.
What are the chances this song article is released exactly one year after I highlighted the video – Mark Knopfler – Shows how to play guitar finger picking style.

This is a fascinating little instructional video by one of the greatest guitarists Mark Knophler on Skavlan TV.  Knopfler is so articulate. (Watch video excerpt here)

My friend and fellow blogger Max from Nashville responded: ‘Mark Knopfler is amazing…you cannot get his sound without finger picking. I know one guy who learned the solo to Sultans of Swing with a pick and he finally gave up and done it with his fingers…it was dead on that way.’

Today’s featured track was released on Knopfler’s 5th studio album Kill to Get Crimson. The album’s title comes from a line Let It All Go. The album cover image is taken from the painting Four Lambrettas and Three Portraits of Janet Churchman by John Bratby, painted in 1958.

When it’s pop goes the weasel, let go of the easel
You don’t want this rickety rackety life
It’s seat of the trousers, it’s all sink or swim, son
I’d kill to get crimson on this palette knife
And I’d steal in a minute, I’m up to here in it
You here behaving as though I’m a saint
Get a job with a pension, don’t ever mention
You once had a craving for the brushes and paint

So go, forget it, let it all go, let it all go
Go, forget it, let it all go
Go, forget it, let it all go, let it all go
Go, forget it, let it all go, let it all go

[Verse 2]
A hack writer judges my swipes and my smudges
He doesn’t like pictures with blotches and blots
The drawing room tea set wants horses, sunsets
Sweet nothings, the seaside with yachts
Here’s the end of the thirties, no time for arties
Over in Poland, a right old to-do
So go join the navy, the air force or the army
They’ll all be enrolling young fellows like you

The album Kill to Get Crimson debuted at number 26 on the US Billboard 200 chart, selling about 23,000 copies in its first week. The Kill to Get Crimson Tour promoting the album started on 29 March 2008 in Amsterdam, Netherlands and ended on 31 July 2008 in Miami, Florida.

1. Kill to Get Crimson – Wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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