You walk out on the high wire
You're a dancer on thin ice
Pay no heed to the danger
And less to advice
Your footsteps are forbidden
But with a knowledge of your sin
You throw your love to all the strangers
And the caution to the wind

And you go dancing through doorways
Just to see what you will find
Leaving nothing to interfere
With the crazy balance of your mind
And when you finally reappear
At the place where you came in
You've thrown your love to all the strangers
And caution to the wind

It takes love over gold
And mind over matter
To do what you do that you must
When the things that you hold
Can fall and be shattered
Or run through your fingers like dust


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Love Over Gold Lyrics as written by Mark Knopfler

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    General CommentI think this song is about the type of people who risk their lives or put themselves in great danger seemingly without a care, for the good of their fellow man, without any expectation of a financial reward. It should be the themesong of Medecin sans Frontieres/Doctors without Borders.

    "You walk out on the highwire/ you're a dancer on thin ice/ Pay no heed to the danger/and less to advise" refers to the dangerous situations these types of people put themselves in, and their seeming dismissal of danger and warnings about going to war or disease ravaged areas, for example.

    "Your footsteps are forbidden/ but with a knowledge of your sin/ Throw your love to all the strangers/and caution to the wind"
    They go places where they're officially unwelcome and beyond the help of their governments, but they're there to help the suffering and danger be damned.

    "And you go dancing through the doorways/ just to see what you will find...and caution to the wind"
    This second verse expands on the first, about going into squalid, depressed places with open minds and a sense of mission, taking care of all you find there.

    "It takes love over gold and mind over matter to do what you do that you must, when the things that you hold can fall and be shattered or run through your fingers like dust"

    It takes a special person, one who puts love of his fellow man over material things and with a special will to do these dangerous, difficult, emotionally draining things. It's something they feel they must do.
    The things they hold are fragile lives, fragile bodies, easily broken and barely clining to life. Much of the work done perhaps futile as the inflicted are beyond help and only their suffering can be eased until they pass away, and run through fingers like dust...

    Well, that's my take on this song. I think it's a fantastic piece of poetry.
    napieron January 07, 2006   Link

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