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Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler

Updated: Nov 13

He gets you


With his Six Blade Knife


Not much you can do


You’re mesmerised



With Romeo And Juliet


In The Gallery


Once Upon A Time In The West


Why Worry



Into Dire Straits?


You’ll be around for a lifetime


Yeah they did orchestrate


To blow your mind



Once a Newcastle kid


Wanted a plastic, Elvis Presley guitar


Imitated the King


Now there’s no one like Mark Knopfler



Loved his uncle Kingsley do Runaway Train


Tried the Elvis grin, collars turned up


Played football with a tennis ball in the back-lanes


On the Boogie-Woogie he was stuck



Studied to be a journalist, taught English


Came across a lightly strung, warped, old acoustic


Bands he played in were numerous


Found his ‘voice’ on guitar as he finger-picked it



Now he’s got the world agog


Kid who used the radio as an amplifier


And inhaled guitar catalogues


Is the celebrated guitar-player, singer, songwriter



Mark’s music shot him to fame


Sultans of Swing then Money for Nothing


But celebrityhood wasn’t the aim


Straits disbanded but the sound he kept producing



Golden Heart was his first as a solo musician


Never really wanted to be a star


Just to make music and you can’t stop listening


He still has you playing air-guitar



To Sailing to Philadelphia


Tracker


Shangri-La


Down The Road Wherever



Yeah there’s more where that came from


And these words could never do justice to his music


Luckily, Knopfler’s still going strong


Keep listening 'n' enjoying the kick.