MUSIC

On The Night Dire Straits Album Cover

On The Night

Released: Vertigo/Warner Bros. (1993)

Album Credits

Alan Clark: keyboards
Guy Fletcher: keyboards, backing vocals
Mark Knopfler: lead guitar, vocals
John Illsley: bass, backing vocals

Additional Musicians
Chris White: saxophone, vocals
Paul Franklin: pedal steel guitar
Phil Palmer: guitar, vocals
Danny Cummings: percussion, vocals
Chris Whitten: drums

Mastered by Bob Ludwig
Produced by Guy Fletcher, Mark Knopfler, Neil Dorfsman
Recorded by Neil Dorfsman

All songs written by Mark Knopfler. Rondor Music (London) Ltd. "Romeo and Juliet" published by Straitjacket Song Ltd./"Money for Nothing" written by Mark Knopfler and Sting. Published by Chariscourt Ltd.

This record is Dire Straits' second live album. Recorded in France and the Netherlands, the album is a live document of their 1991-1992 world tour.

On The Night

  • 1. Calling Elvis (live)
    Calling Elvis – is anybody home
    Calling Elvis – I’m here all alone
    Did he leave the building
    Or can he come to the phone
    Calling Elvis – I’m here all alone

    Well tell him I was calling just to wish him well
    Let me leave my number – heartbreak hotel
    Oh love me tender – baby don’t be cruel
    Return to sender – treat me like a fool

    Calling Elvis – is anybody home
    Calling Elvis – I’m here all alone
    Did he leave the building
    Can he come to the phone
    Calling Elvis – I’m here all alone

    Why don’t you go get him – I’m his biggest fan
    You gotta tell him – he’s still the man
    Long distance baby – so far from home
    Don’t you think maybe you could put him on

    Well tell him I was calling just to wish him well
    Let me leave my number – heartbreak hotel
    Oh love me tender – baby don’t be cruel
    Return to sender – treat me like a fool

    Calling Elvis – is anybody home
    Calling Elvis – I’m here all alone
    Did he leave the building
    Can he come to the phone
    Calling Elvis – I’m here all alone
  • 2. Walk Of Life (live)
    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 lovin’ 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 walkin’ shoes
    Here come Johnny with the power and the 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 lovin’ 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 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
  • 3. Heavy Fuel (live)
    Last time I was sober, man I felt bad
    Worst hangover that I ever had
    It took six hamburgers and scotch all night
    Nicotine for breakfast just to put me right

    ‘Cos if you wanna run cool
    If you wanna run cool
    If you wanna run cool, you got to run
    On heavy, heavy fuel

    My life makes perfect sense
    Lust and food and violence
    Sex and money are my major kicks
    Get me in a fight I like dirty tricks

    ‘Cos if you wanna run cool
    Yes if you wanna run cool, you got to run
    On heavy, heavy fuel

    My chick loves a man who’s strong
    The things she’ll do to turn me on
    I love the babes, don’t get me wrong
    Hey, that’s why I wrote this song

    I don’t care if my liver is hanging by a thread
    Don’t care if my doctor says I ought to be dead
    When my ugly big car won’t climb this hill
    I’ll write a suicide note on a hundred dollar bill

    ‘Cos if you wanna run cool
    If you wanna run cool
    Yes if you wanna run cool, you got to run
    On heavy, heavy fuel
  • 4. Romeo and Juliet (live)
    A lovestruck Romeo sings a streetsusss serenade
    Laying everybody low with a lovesong that he made
    Finds a convenient streetlight steps out of the shade
    Says something like you and me babe how about it?

    Juliet says hey it’s Romeo you nearly gimme a heart attack
    He’s underneath the window she’s singing hey la my boyfriend’s back
    You shouldn’t come around here singing up at people like that
    Anyway what you gonna do about it

    Juliet the dice were loaded from the start
    And I bet and you exploded in my heart
    And I forget I forget the movie song
    When you gonna realise it was just that the time was wrong Juliet?

    Come up on different streets they both were streets of shame
    Both dirty both mean yes and the dream was just the same
    And I dreamed your dream for you and now your dream is real
    How can you look at me as if I was just another one of your deals?

    When you can fall for chains of silver you can fall for chains of gold
    You can fall for pretty strangers and the promises they hold
    You promised me everything you promised me thick and thin
    Now you just says oh Romeo yeah you know I used to have a scene with him

    Juliet when we made love you used to cry
    You said I love you like the stars above I’ll love you till I die
    There’s a place for us you know the movie song
    When you gonna realise it was just that the time was wrong Juliet?

    I can’t do the talk like they talk on TV
    And I can’t do a love song like the way it’s meant to be
    I can’t do everything but I’d do anything for you
    I can’t do anything except be in love with you

    And all I do is miss you and the way we used to be
    All I do is keep the beat and bad company
    All I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme
    Julie I’d do the stars with you any time

    Juliet when we made love you used to cry
    You said I love you like the stars above I’ll love you till I die
    There’s a place for us you know the movie song
    When you gonna realise it was just that the time was wrong Juliet?

    A lovestruck Romeo sings a streetsuss serenade
    Laying everybody low with a lovesong that he made
    Finds a convenient streetlight steps out of the shade
    Says something like you and me babe how about it?
  • 5. Private Investigations (live)
    It’s a mystery to me – the game commences
    for the usual fee – plus expenses
    confidential information – it’s in a diary
    this is my investigation – it’s not a public inquiry

    I go checking out the reports – digging up the dirt
    you get to meet all sorts in this line of work
    treachery and treason – there’s always an excuse for it
    and when I find the reason I still can’t get used to it

    And what have you got at the end of the day?
    what have you got to take away?
    a bottle of whiskey and a new set of lies
    blinds on the window and a pain behind the eyes

    Scarred for life – no compensation
    private investigations

    ADDITIONAL MUSICIANS
    Mike Mainieri: vibes & marimbas
  • 6. Your Latest Trick (live)
    All the late night bargains have been struck
    Between the satin beaus and their belles
    And prehistoric garbage trucks
    Have the city to themselves
    Echoes roars dinosaurs
    They’re all doing the monster mash
    And most of the taxis and the whores
    Are only taking calls for cash

    I don’t know how it happened
    It all took place so quick
    But all I can do is hand it to you
    And your latest trick

    My door was standing open
    Security was laid back and lax
    But it was only my heart got broken
    You must have had a pass key made out of wax
    You played robbery with insolence
    And I played the blues in twelve bars down Lover’s Lane
    And you never did have the intelligence to use
    The twelve keys hanging off my chain

    I don’t know how it happened
    It all took place so quick
    But all I can do is hand it to you
    And your latest trick

    Now it’s past last call for alcohol
    Past recall has been here and gone
    The landlord finally paid us all
    The satin jazzmen have put away their horns
    And we’re standing outside of this wonderland
    Looking so bereaved and so bereft
    Like a Bowery bum when he finally understands
    The bottle’s empty and there’s nothing left

    I don’t know how it happened
    It was faster than the eye could flick
    But now all I can do is hand it to you
    And your latest trick
  • 7. On Every Street (live)
    There’s gotta be a record of you someplace
    You gotta be on somebody’s books
    The lowdown – a picture of your face
    Your injured looks

    The sacred and profane
    The pleasure and the pain
    Somewhere your fingerprints remain concrete
    And it’s your face I’m looking for on every street

    A ladykiller – regulation tattoo
    Silver spurs on his heels
    Says – what can I tell you, as I’m standing next to you
    She threw herself under my wheels

    Oh it’s a dangerous road
    And a hazardous load
    And the fireworks over liberty explode in the heat
    And it’s your face I’m looking for on every street

    A three-chord symphony crashes into space
    The moon is hanging upside down
    I don’t know why it is I’m still on the case
    It’s a ravenous town

    And you still refuse to be traced
    Seems to me such a waste
    And every victory has a taste that’s bittersweet
    And it’s your face I’m looking for on every street
  • 8. You and Your Friend (live)
    Will you and your friend come around
    Are you and your friend gonna get on down
    Will you and your friend come around
    Or are you and your friend gonna let me down

    If you talk to one another
    I’m a hungry man let me know one way or the other
    So I can make my plans

    Will you and your friend come around
    Or are you and your friend gonna get on down
    Will you and your friend come around
    Or are you and your friend gonna get on down

    I relive the situation still see it in my mind
    You got my imagination working overtime
  • 9. Money For Nothing (live)
    Now look at them yo-yo’s that’s the way you do it
    You play the guitar on the MTV
    That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
    Money for nothin’ and chicks for free

    Now that ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
    Lemme tell ya them guys ain’t dumb
    Maybe get a blister on your little finger
    Maybe get a blister on your thumb

    We gotta install microwave ovens
    Custom kitchen deliveries
    We gotta move these refrigerators
    We gotta move these colour TV’s

    See the little faggot with the earring and the makeup
    Yeah buddy that’s his own hair
    That little faggot got his own jet airplane
    That little faggot he’s a millionaire

    We gotta install microwave ovens
    Custom kitchens deliveries
    We gotta move these refrigerators
    We gotta move these colour TV’s

    I shoulda learned to play the guitar
    I shoulda learned to play them drums
    Look at that mama, she got it stickin’ in the camera
    Man we could have some fun

    And he’s up there, what’s that? Hawaiian noises?
    Bangin’ on the bongoes like a chimpanzee
    That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
    Get your money for nothin’ get your chicks for free

    We gotta install microwave ovens
    Custom kitchen deliveries
    We gotta move these refrigerators
    We gotta move these colour TV’s

    Lord, now that ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
    You play the guitar on the MTV
    That ain’t workin’ that’s the way you do it
    Money for nothin’ and your chicks for free

    Money for nothin’ and chicks for free
  • 10. Brothers In Arms (live)
    These mist covered mountains
    Are a home now for me
    But my home is the lowlands
    And always will be

    Some day you’ll return to
    Your valleys and your farms
    And you’ll no longer burn
    To be brothers in arm

    Through these fields of destruction
    Baptisms of fire
    I’ve watched all your suffering
    As the battles raged higher

    And though they did hurt me so bad
    In the fear and alarm
    You did not desert me
    My brothers in arms

    There’s so many different worlds
    So many different suns
    And we have just one world
    But we live in different ones

    Now the sun’s gone to hell
    And the moon’s riding high
    Let me bid you farewell
    Every man has to die

    But it’s written in the starlight
    And every line on your palm
    We’re fools to make war
    On our brothers in arms