"Beryl" as written by and Mark Knopfler....
Beryl was on another level
When she got a Booker medal
She was dead in her grave
After all she gave
After all she gave

Beryl, every time they’d overlook her
When they gave her a Booker
She was dead in her grave
After all she gave
After all she gave

It’s all too late now
It’s all too late now
It’s too late, you dabblers, it’s all too late
It’s too late, you dabblers, it’s all too late

Beryl, the tobacco overtook her
When they gave her a Booker
She was dead in her grave
After all she gave
After all she gave

It’s all too late now
It’s all too late now
It’s too late, you dabblers, it’s all too late
It’s too late, you dabblers, it’s all too late

Beryl was on another level
When she got a Booker medal
She was dead in her grave
After all she gave
After all she gave
After all she gave
After all she gave


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"Beryl" as written by Mark Knopfler

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    My InterpretationQuite simply, this song is about Beryl Bainbridge. An author who always seemed to be the bridesmaid, and never the bridge when it came to earning the Booker medal of literary excellence. Finally, posthumously, she was finally given her due.
    stevenmswon July 08, 2016   Link
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    My InterpretationQuite simply, you have it exactly right. It's a powerful gem of a song.

    To me, "after all she gave" is a great piece of unfinished reflection. What can we say about the body of work? What her stories mean, what her story means, the emotion it evokes... folks like me aren't qualified to sum it up.

    Knopfler can sum it up, though, in his four quips. She was on another level. She was dead in her gave. Tobacco overtook her. And it's all too late, you dabblers, it's all too late.
    mpmc23on June 12, 2017   Link

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