Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Dire Straits: Walk Of Life (1992)



Dire Straits, the British rock band led by Mark Knopfler, perform “Walk of Life” in a 1992 performance taken from the CD, On the Night, released in 1993. Wikipedia writes that this song was first released as a single in November 1985:
It appeared on their best-selling album Brothers in Arms. It subsequently appeared on their live album On the Night. It was released as a single in November 1985 but had first been available as the B-side of "So Far Away" released in advance of Brothers in Arms.
The CD records concerts, in Europe, at Les Arenes in Nîmes, France, and at Feijenoord Stadion in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, in May 1992, What is noticeable is how much the band enjoys themselves on stage.

The Band
Mark Knopfler: lead guitar, lead vocals
John Illsley: bass guitar, backing vocals
Alan Clark: keyboards
Guy Fletcher: keyboards, backing vocals
Chris White: saxophone, flute, percussion, backing vocals
Paul Franklin: pedal steel guitar
Phil Palmer: guitar, backing vocals
Danny Cummings: percussion, backing vocals
Chris Whitten: drums

Walk of Life
by Mark Knopfler

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
Yeah the boy can play
Dedication devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

He do the song about the sweet loving woman
He do the song about the knife
He do the walk, he do the walk of life

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

He do the song about the sweet loving woman
He do the song about the knife
He do the walk, 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
Yeah the boy can play
Dedication devotion
Turning the night time into 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