Dire Straits’ frontman Mark Knopfler posted a short clip from the official documentary of his third studio album, ‘The Ragpicker’s Dream,’ on Instagram during which he revealed the story of how he decided to name his album after a ragpicker.
As you may recall, the co-founder of Dire Straits and successful solo artist, Mark Knopfler, released his third solo studio album titled ‘The Ragpicker’s Dream’ back on September 30, 2002. In general, the songs in the album depict the story of a wandering man who is poor but also dignified.
Recently, Mark Knopfler posted a short video from the official documentary of ‘The Ragpicker’s Dream’ on his Instagram account. As you will see in the video below, Knopfler shares the backstory of the title track of the album which apparently has a reference to his own role in life as a songwriter.
Knopfler started to explain the source of inspiration for this particular song by stating ‘The Ragpicker’s Dream’ meant a number of things for him. He mentioned that both as a songwriter and as a guitar player, he felt an association with the word ‘rag’ which he considered to be a sort of a muscular word. In the caption of his post, Mark referred to the story he told in the video as an ‘unconventional Christmas story’ which he shared to wish his fans a merry Christmas.
Here’s what Mark Knopfler stated in the short video he posted:
“‘The Ragpicker’s Dream’ for me means a number of things. The song itself that it’s a bottle of whiskey that is shared by the two characters. Then they are going to their own dream. And then, as a guitar player, the word has associations for me because of rag and you know learning Dallas rag or all these. You know, ragtime music as well. So, it’s one of those pretty muscular kinds of words for me.”
Here is what Knopfler wrote in the caption of his video:
“‘The Ragpicker’s Dream’ is the title track from Mark’s 2002 studio album, and is a rather unconventional Christmas story.”
You can watch the video Mark Knopfler posted on Instagram below.