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Album: Communiqué (1979)
  • The subject of this Mark Knopfler composition is by no means obvious - the reference to a man climbing onto his horse could be misconstrued - it is actually about a motorcyclist who is killed in a road accident. Knopfler worked as a reporter on the Yorkshire Evening Post for a while, although this was apparently not inspired by a story he covered. It is not that dissimilar from Elton John's "Song For Guy," which is a tribute to a record company messenger who was likewise killed in a road crash, and was recorded the previous year. "News" runs to 4 minutes 14 seconds. >>
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    Alexander Baron - London, England

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  • Paul from Marysville, WaI always wondered if this song was about the same motorcyclist whose death inspired EJ's "Song for Guy."
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