The legendary Cunard Queen Elizabeth 2 on the Hudson River in New York City, October 16, 2008, as she departs for the final time.

28 March, 2010

So Far From the Clyde

Mark Knopfler, lead singer and guitarist from the legendary band Dire Straights has a new solo album, themed about blue collar life in the Highlands of Scotland.  This haunting song is one of his best and is a reminder to all of what COULD happen to QE2 someday. 

Mark is no stranger to writing music befitting life in Scotland.  He composed the soundtrack to "Local Hero,"  a cult classic movie about a Scottish fishing village about to be developed into a oil refinery for the North Sea.  "Going Home" is my favorite instrumental track on the soundtrack and was previously featured on my YouTube posting of the same name.  According to Mark's website, he spend time in Glasgow until he was eight, and then moved to Newcastle on the Tyne.  Obviously, he has expressed his deep affection for Scotland in his music.  I suspect he is watching what is happening to QE2, the last great ship built on the Clyde and would NOT want her beached in Alang.   


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