Down to the Waterline Lyrics

Dire Straits


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Mark Knopfler
album: Track 1 in album Dire Straits
release date: 1978-10
popularity : 40 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Blues
styles: Blues Rock/Rock & Roll/Pop Rock
length: 4:02
producer: Muff Winwood
drums: Pick Withers
lead vocals: Mark Knopfler
guitar: David Knopfler and Mark Knopfler
bass guitar: John Illsley
composer: Mark Knopfler
lyricist: Mark Knopfler

Cover Art

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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 dog leap 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 nihgt
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


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Down to the Waterline
  • 2 Water of Love
  • 3 Setting Me Up
  • 4 Six Blade Knife
  • 5 Southbound Again
  • 6 Sultans of Swing
  • 7 In the Gallery
  • 8 Wild West End
  • 9 Lions