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Mark Knopfler-Gator Blood..About Col Parker

Thu May 16, 2013 8:45 pm

Another Knopfler tune with an Elvis/Col Parker theme..from his latest album Privateering


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Re: Mark Knopfler-Gator Blood..About Col Parker

Sun May 19, 2013 10:44 am

Saw his show in Amsterdam last Tuesday.
He played quite a few songs from the Privateering album. Absolutely great!
How did you find out this song is related to EP/CP?

Re: Mark Knopfler-Gator Blood..About Col Parker

Mon May 20, 2013 12:24 pm

Robert wrote:Saw his show in Amsterdam last Tuesday.
He played quite a few songs from the Privateering album. Absolutely great!
How did you find out this song is related to EP/CP?


He has mentioned it a few times on his current tour.

Here is a live version from last week in Luxembourg.... he states "it's about Elvis's manager"

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Re: Mark Knopfler-Gator Blood..About Col Parker

Tue May 21, 2013 12:13 am

Cool thanks

Re: Mark Knopfler-Gator Blood..About Col Parker

Wed Jun 12, 2013 4:20 pm

Nice. I realised it was about Colonel the first time I heard it when the album was released. I saw Knopfler on Sunday in Helsinki. Cool show. Very nice guitar work and the band is very good. Loved the stand-up bass and the celtic stuff.

Re: Mark Knopfler-Gator Blood..About Col Parker

Sun Sep 15, 2013 5:35 am

If you dig Mark Knopfler and Dire Straits you may find many a reference to Elvis in many of his songs!

Re: Mark Knopfler-Gator Blood..About Col Parker

Sun Sep 15, 2013 8:07 am

Thank you! Cool. The Col. was from Tampa. Florida swamps and gators down there. Elvis performed in Jacksonville, all those places, and the gators were all over the place. I've seen those swampy creeks by the side of the road in Florida, and you can't see the gators, but they are there. You can't see 'em. But they'll eat you alive if they can. So, you stay away from the water . . . there's gators in there.

For those who couldn't make out all the lyrics, here they are from a lyric site. (Which means anyone who feels they need a correction, please feel free.)

Hammer on a skillet up they come
Showman whanging on a ballyhoo drum
Watch out, people I'm a greedy man
Swallowed all the fishes in the frying pan
Blood, gator blood, I got gator blood
Chicken on a hotplate gobbledegook
Come on up, honey and take a look
Mighty fine weather this time of year
Shake a tail feather you chicken you hear
Blood, gator blood, I got gator blood
Chicken on a hotplate it's gonna dance
Gonna lose these chickens my first chance
Don't you know I'm a flim flam man
A chicken show it ain't worth a damn
Gator blood, I got gator blood
I got a country boy, he's a bird who sings
Butter paddle, buck 'n wing
Kid's got a winner bonafide hit
I'm gonna have my dinner on a spit
Blood, gator blood, I got gator blood
Hoopla, humbug, howdy-do
Gonna make you into chicken stew
Alligator in the mud
Don't you know I got gator blood
Gator blood, I got gator blood
Never lend a dollar to your good friend Tom
Hogwash Holler is where he's from
If you got treasure all in a vault
And he gets you, baby that's your own fault
Gator blood, I got gator blood


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