"Our Shangri-La" as written by and Mark Knopfler....
It's the end of a perfect day
For surfer boys and girls
The sun's dropping down in the bay
And falling off the world

There's a diamond in the sky
Our evening star
In our shangri-la

Get that fire burning strong
Right here and right now
It's here and then it's gone
There's no secret, anyhow

We may never love again
To the music of guitars
In our shangri-la

Tonight your beauty burns
Into my memory
The wheel of heaven turns
Above us endlessly
This is all the heaven we've got
Right here where we are
In our shangri-la

This is all the heaven we've got
Right here where we are
In our shangri-la

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"Our Shangri-La" as written by Mark Knopfler

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    General Comment"tonight your beauty burns into my memory."

    i MELT every time i hear this line
    tee.eye.enn.ay.on February 15, 2008   Link
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    General CommentDoes no one here like Mark Knopfler....? This song is AMAZING!
    Speak Eazyon February 27, 2006   Link
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    General CommentThis is the perfect song if you want to feel like you are in a tropical paradise, alone and in perfect harmony with nature.
    Tmo2199on March 06, 2006   Link
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    General CommentParadise? eh. i have to question that one.

    Knopfler doesn't write love songs, he tells stories. I'm stealing a quote from someone else's post on Romeo and Juliet (a song written by Knopfer and performed by his band, Dire Straits). Here it goes: remember that Mark Knopfler never really wrote songs to convey emotions but he was more of a story teller. And while most of his songs carry a lot of emotion, you need to look into the lyrics to understand the song.

    "This is all the heaven we got, right here where we are in our Shangri-La." They are not in Paradise, its just a great one night stand. But don't let that stop you from loving the song, its really great.
    tpfon March 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentYou are right he doesn't do love songs he does tell stories but I believe hes writing about a great night in paradise.
    fenderpaman16on May 26, 2008   Link
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    General CommentYes, amazing song - actually the live version is better, with a more interesting introduction on the piano.

    The point of this song is not a nice location - that is completely missing the point. Yes, Shangri-La means a paradisical location, but it's wrong to read too much into that in this case. Shangri-La is actually the name of the studio where Knopfler recorded the whole album - URL here: beejtar.com/#

    This song is not about a place but is actually about love, youth and companionship. The singer knows youth doesn't last for ever - "it's here and then it's gone", "we may never love again". All the "surfer boys and girls" are the spirit of carefree youth, and the singer is one of them. Not only that but he has his lover with him, and all the friendship, passion and freedom blend into a Shangri-La of the emotions - there is a place, but it's a place in his head/heart.

    The pleasure is not unalloyed - that would make the song shallow. There's a pang of pain there as well, because the singer knows that tonight is the best it can be, and that there may never be any more moments in his life like this.

    But that doesn't mean it is a one-night stand, as someone says above. Why spoil it by saying that? "We may never love again" doesn't mean "This is a one-night stand"; it means "We may never love anyone else as much as we love each other at this moment."
    songanalyston January 12, 2009   Link
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    General CommentGiven that the song was recorded at Shangri-La Studios in southern California, I think some folks feel it's about that specific place. To me, it's a statement made to a soul mate- that night is their heaven, and should they never have another, what they do have will sustain them. I think it is about the passage of time, the wheel of heaven turns without end, and so does their love. To me 'tonight your beauty burns into my memory' ranks right on up there with 'kiss you through the bars of a rhyme'. I also think ' I think my heart would break in two- I kiss your cheek and keep my self from waking you'. A master of lyrical revelations.
    caitriona4on January 05, 2013   Link
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    General CommentThis is what sets Knopfler apart from most others, not only is he one of the best guitar players out there but is also a great songwriter. I mean really- tonight your beauty burns into my memory, the wheel of heaven turns above us endlessly. To be able to match that with an appropriate melody, guitar parts etc. takes a real gift. I don't believe in reading too much into the lyrics of a song. Let the words and music tell the story. This is a beautifully written song where the writer has everything has everything he could possibly want at this particular moment.
    Matt Huntingon August 23, 2015   Link
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    General CommentKnopfler wrote this (and other songs of the Shangri-La album) after a motorcycle accident that left him unable to play the quitar for half a year.

    "One thing I've learnt since the accident is how quickly things can change, and so I try to enjoy the present," he says. "I'm not constantly pushing forward and looking to the future the way I used to as a young man. Shangri-La is about getting as much out of the present as you possibly can and treasuring moments of happiness as they happen. For me, they are private moments with your loved ones. I've had lots of highlights through the years, but there's nothing that's sweeter than a child."

    (from telegraph.co.uk/men/active/mens-health/3309660/…)
    andreas111on June 16, 2017   Link

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