Mark Knopfler’s ‘Sailing to Philadelphia’ isn’t just a melodious tune; it is a rich narrative encapsulating the essence of an epic journey. With a tapestry of musical brilliance, Knopfler weaves a historical tale that transcends time and space, inviting listeners to embark on a maritime voyage to the origins of American history.
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Mark Knopfler, renowned for his storytelling prowess and the evocative stringing of guitar chords, often brings much more to the table than mere melody. His song ‘What It Is’ is a mystic tapestry carefully woven with threads of Scottish imagery, history, and a visceral sense of place and time. The lyrics not only paint a vivid picture of a bustling Scottish scene but whisper the deeper existential truths of life’s ephemerality.
“Sailing to Philadelphia” is actually a historical song centered on two individuals, Charles Mason (1728-1786) and Jeremiah Dixon (1733-1779). The pair, who both were from England, served as, amongst other things, surveyors in Colonial America. In...