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I am just an aging drummer boy
And in the wars I used to play
And I've called the tune to many a torture session
Now they say I am a war criminal
And I'm fading away
Father, please hear my confession

I have legalized robbery
And called it relief
I have run with the money
I have hid like a thief
Rewritten histories with armies and my crooks
Invented memories
I did burn all the books
And I can still hear his laughter
And I can still hear his song
The man's too big
The man's too strong

Well, I've tried to be meek
I have tried to be mild
But I spat like a woman
And I sulked like a child
Hid behind walls that have made me alone
Striven for peace
Which I never have known
And I can still hear his laughter
And I can still hear his song
The man's too big
The man's too strong

Well, the sun rose on the courtyard
And we all did hear him say
"You always was a Judas,
But I got you anyway.
You may have got your silver
But I swear upon my life
Your sister gave me diamonds
And I gave 'em to your wife."
Oh father, please help me
For I have done wrong
The man's too big
The man's too strong



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  • U
    UnregisteredApr 6, 2012 at 8:06 pm
    Mark knopfler is writing about everyone; man, woman and child. He is reaching out for his father; but, alas, like most people, he has become hardened even from his own adult son.

    No matter what mark may do to catch his father's ear, it will all be for naught... "the man's to big,
    the man's too strong. "

    Ultimately, there is nothing any of us can really do. We are helplessly weak, neither heroic nor demonic; but, in real time, we can
    do amazing things if we let go of all our own idiosynchrasies and live entirely in the moment. Conventional wisdom just leads us down the path (slippery slope) that everyone else has chosen: and that is a dead end (learned behavior--survival principles).

    Otherwise the flower will never open; and, "i am fading away. " people will do what they will do. The point is, "am i going to follow in their footsteps and hold onto my house to hide out in? Or am i just going to be me even though the frightening guitar riffs run rampant all around me? The choice (non-choice) is mine.

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