Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Dire Straits: Walk Of Life



The British rock group Dire Straits performs " Walk of Life" at Wembley Arena in London, England, on July 10, 1985—as part of its promotional tour for its album, "Brothers in Arms."

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Each of us has stories to tell in our walk of life, some good, some bad and some sad. Combined the stories make up our history as an individual and reveal who we are and how we live. It has been said that sometimes a song is just a song, even a catchy and energetic one as this one. Even so, Dire Straights had a talented  songwriter in Mark Knopfler, who has an ear for language.

Mark Knopfler, the lead vocalist of the band, was born to Erwin Knopfler and Louisa Mary Knopfler in Glasgow, Scotland, on August 12, 1949. His mother, a teacher, was British and his father, architect, was a Hungarian-Jewish immigrant who had fled his homeland to escape fascism.

When Mark was seven, the family moved to Newcastle upon Tyne, in northeast England.  He graduated with a degree in English from the University of Leeds in 1973. He worked briefly as a journalist and a lecturer before taking the plunge into professional music. With his younger brother, David, he went on to form the band Dire Straits in London in 1977. They played together until the band was dissolved in 1995.

Since then, Mark Knopfler has continued to record and produce albums as a solo artist. He has been ranked number 27 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of "100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time."
Walk of Life: Cover of the 45 rpm single, 1985
Source: Wikipedia




















Walk of Life

by Mark Knopfler/Dire Straights

Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies
Be-Bop-A-Lula, Baby What I Say
Here comes Johnny singing I Gotta Woman
Down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay
He got the action, he got the motion
Oh Yeah the boy can play
Dedication devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

He do the song about the sweet lovin' woman
He do the song about the knife
He do the walk, he do the walk of life, yeah he do the walk of life

Here comes Johnny and he'll tell you the story
Hand me down my walkin' shoes
Here comes Johnny with the power and the glory
Backbeat the talkin' blues
He got the action, he got the motion
Oh Yeah the boy can play
Dedication devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

He do the song about the sweet lovin' woman
He do the song about the knife
He do the walk, he do the walk of life, yeah he do the walk of life

Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies
Be-Bop-A-Lula, Baby What I Say
Here comes Johnny singing I Gotta Woman
Down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay
He got the action, he got the motion
Oh Yeah the boy can play
Dedication devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

And after all the violence and double talk
There's just a song in all the trouble and the strife
You do the walk, you do the walk of life, yeah he do the walk of life.

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