MUSIC

Dire Straits Live at The BBC

Live At The BBC

Released: Vertigo/Warner Bros. (1995)

Album Credits

Dire Straits' third live recording was done in 1978 but only released in 1995. The record chronicles the group's early days. Live At The BBC

Live At The BBC

  • 1. Down To The Waterline (live)
    Sweet surrender on the quayside
    You remember we used to run and hide
    In the shadow of the cargoes, I take you one time
    And we’re counting all the numbers down to the waterline

    Near misses on the dogleap stairways
    French kisses in the darkened doorways
    A foghorn blowing out wild and cold
    A policeman shines a light upon my shoulder

    Up comes a coaster fast and silent in the night
    Over my shoulder all you can see are the pilot lights
    No money in our jackets and our jeans are torn
    Your hands are cold but your lips are warm

    She can see him on the jetty where they used to go
    She can feel him in the places where the sailors go
    When she’s walking by the river and the railway line
    She can still hear him whisper

    ‘Let’s go down to the waterline’
  • 2. Six Blade Knife (live)
    Your six blade knife can do anything for you
    Anything you want it to
    One blade for breaking my heart
    One blade for tearing me apart
    Your six blade knife – do anything for you

    You can take away my mind like you take away the top of a tin
    When you come up from behind and lay it down cold on my skin
    Took a stone from my soul when I was lame
    Just so you could make me tame
    You take away my mind like you take away the top of a tin

    I’d like to be free of it now – I don’t want it no more
    I’d like to be free of it now – you know I don’t want it no more

    Everybody got a knife it can be just what they want it to be
    A needle, a wife or something that you just can’t see
    You know it keeps you strong
    Yes and it’ll do me wrong
    Your six blade knife – do anything for you
  • 3. Water Of Love (live)
    High and dry in the long hot day
    Lost and lonely in every way
    Got the flats all around me sky up above
    I need a little water of love

    I’ve been too long lonely and my heart feels pain
    Crying out for some soothing rain
    I believe I have taken enough
    I need a little water of love

    Water of love deep in the ground
    No water here to be found
    Some day baby when the river runs free
    It’ll carry that water of love to me

    There’s a bird up in a tree sitting up high
    Waiting for me to die
    If I don’t get some water soon
    I’ll be dead and gone in the afternoon

    Water of love deep in the ground
    No water here to be found
    Some day baby when the river runs free
    It’ll carry that water of love to me

    Once I had a woman I could call my own
    Once I had a woman now my woman is gone
    Once there was a river now there’s a stone
    You know it’s evil when you’re living alone

    Water of love deep in the ground
    No water here to be found
    Some day baby when the river runs free
    It’ll carry that water of love to me
  • 4. Wild West End (live)
    Stepping out to Angellucci’s for my coffee beans
    Checking out the movies and the magazines
    Waitress she watches me crossing from the Barocco Bar
    I’m getting a pickup for my steel guitar

    I saw you walking out Shaftesbury Avenue
    Excuse me for talking I wanna marry you
    This is the seventh heaven street to me
    Don’t be so proud
    You’re just another angel in the crowd

    And I’m walking in the wild west end
    Walking with your wild best friend

    And my conductress on the number nineteen
    She was a honey
    Pink toenails and hands all dirty with money
    Greasy hair easy smile
    Made me feel nineteen for a while

    And I went down to Chinatown
    In the backroom it’s a man’s world
    All the money go down
    Duck inside the doorway gotta duck to eat
    Right now feels alright now
    You and me we can’t beat

    And I’m walking in the wild west end
    Walking with your wild best friend

    And a gogo dancing girl yes I saw her
    The deejay he say here’s Mandy for ya
    I feel alright to see her
    But she’s paid to do that stuff
    She’s dancing high I move on by
    The close ups can get rough

    When you’re walking in the wild west end
    Walking with your wild best friend
  • 5. Sultans Of Swing (live)
    You get a shiver in the dark
    It’s been raining in the park but meantime
    South of the river you stop and you hold everything
    A band is blowing Dixie double four time
    You feel all right when you hear that music ring

    You step inside but you don’t see too many faces
    Coming in out of the rain to hear the jazz go down
    Too much competition, too many other places
    But not too many horns can make that sound
    Way on down south, way on down south London town

    You check out Guitar George he knows all the chords
    Mind he’s strictly rhythm
    He doesn’t want to make it cry or sing
    And an old guitar is all he can afford
    When he gets up under the lights to play his thing

    And Harry doesn’t mind if he doesn’t make the scene
    He’s got a daytime job he’s doing alright
    He can play honky tonk just like anything
    Saving it up for Friday night
    With the Sultans, with the Sultans of Swing

    And a crowd of young boys they’re fooling around in the corner
    Drunk and dressed in their best brown baggies and their platform soles
    They don’t give a damn about any trumpet playing band
    It ain’t what they call rock and roll
    And the Sultans, the Sultans played Creole

    And then the man he steps right up to the microphone
    And says at last just as the time bell rings
    ‘Thank you, goodnight, now it’s time to go home’
    And he makes it fast with one more thing
    ‘We are the Sultans of Swing’
  • 6. Lions (live)
    Red sun go down way over dirty town
    Starling are sweeping around crazy shoals
    A girl is there high heeling across the square
    Wind blows around in her hair and the flags upon the poles
    Waiting in the crowd to cross at the light
    She looks around to find a face she can like

    Church bell clinging on trying to get a crowd for Evensong
    Nobody cares to depend upon the chime it plays
    They’re all in the station praying for trains
    Congregations late again
    It’s getting darker all the time these flagpole days
    Drunk old soldier he gives her a fright
    He’s crazy lion howling for a fight

    Strap hanging gunshot sound
    Doors slamming on the overground
    Starlings are tough but the lions are made of stone
    Her evening paper is horror torn
    But there’s hope later for Capricorns
    Her lucky stars give her just enough to get home
    Then she’s reading about a swing to the right
    But she’s thinking about a stranger in the night
    I’m thinking about the lions tonight
    What happened to the lions
  • 7. What’s The Matter Baby? (Live)
    There’s a shadow hanging over the valley
    Total eclipse of the moon
    Closing up the gates of the city
    The wind plays a wild storm

    Don’t you put the lock upon the window
    Don’t you put the bar on the door
    Don’t you cry for the rain in the sky
    You seen the storm before

    Well, what’s the matter with you baby
    Baby, what’s the matter now
    Tell me what’s the matter you running in the shadows
    Every time you hear the wild man howl

    C’mon, tell me what’s the matter with you babe
    Baby, what’s the matter now
    What’s the matter now you running in the shadows
    Every time you hear the wild man howl

    Lightning gonna strike at midnight
    Thunder gonna shake it around
    Don’t you flinch don’t give an inch
    Just a-let the flood come down

    C’mon, tell me what’s the matter with you babe
    Baby, what’s the matter now
    What’s the matter now you running in the shadows
    Every time you hear the wild man howl

    C’mon, tell me what’s the matter with you babe
    Baby, what’s the matter now
    What’s the matter now you running in the shadows
    Every time you hear the wild man howl
  • 8. Tunnel of Love (live)
    Getting crazy on the waltzers but it’s the life that I choose
    Sing about the sixblade sing about the switchback and a torture tattoo
    And I been riding on a ghost train where the cars they scream and slam
    And I don’t know where I’ll be tonight but I’d always tell you where I am

    In a screaming ring of faces I seen her standing in the light
    She had a ticket for the races just like me she was a victim of the night
    I put a hand upon the lever said let it rock and let it roll
    I had the one arm bandit fever there was an arrow through my heart and my soul

    And the big wheel keep on turning neon burning up above
    And I’m just high on the world
    Come on and take a low ride with me girl
    On the tunnel of love

    It’s just the danger when you’re riding at your own risk
    She said you are the perfect stranger she said baby let’s keep it like this
    It’s just a cake walk twisting baby step right up and say
    Hey mister give me two give me two ‘cos any two can play

    And the big wheel keep on turning neon burning up above
    And I’m just high on the world
    Come on and take a low ride with me girl
    On the tunnel of love

    Well it’s been money for muscle another whirligig
    Money for muscle and another girl I dig
    Another hustle just to make it big
    And rockaway rockaway

    And girl it looks so pretty to me just like it always did
    Like the Spanish city to me when we were kids
    Oh girl it looks so pretty to me just like it always did
    Like the Spanish city to me when we were kids

    She took off a silver locket she said remember me by this
    She put her hand in my pocket I got a keepsake and a kiss
    And in the roar of the dust and diesel I stood and watched her walk away
    I could have caught up with her easy enough but something must have made me stay

    And the big wheel keep on turning neon burning up above
    And I’m just high on the world
    Come on and take a low ride with me girl
    On the tunnel of love

    And now I’m searching through these carousels and the carnival arcades
    Searching everywhere from steeplechase to palisades
    In any shooting gallery where promises are made
    To rockaway rockaway from Cullercoats and Whitley bay out to rockaway

    And girl it looks so pretty to me like it always did
    Like the Spanish city to me when we were kids
    Girl it looks so pretty to me like it always did
    Like the Spanish city to me when we were kids