Portobello Belle Lyrics

Dire Straits


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Desmond Child, Jon Bon Jovi, Richard Sambora
album: Track 7 in album Communiqué
release date: 1979-4
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length: 4:28
engineer: Jack Nuber
keyboard: Barry Beckett
drumset: Pick Withers
electric guitar: David Knopfler, Mark Knopfler, Mark Knopfler
bass guitar: John Illsley
guest instrument: Barry Beckett
mix: Gregg Hamm
producer: Jerry Wexler, Barry Beckett
lead vocals: Mark Knopfler
choir vocals: David Knopfler, John Illsley

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Belladonna's on the high street
Her breasts upon the offbeat
And the stalls are just the side shows
Victoriana's old clothes
Yeah she got the skirt so tight now
She want to travel light now
She want to tear up all her roots now
She got the turn up on the boots now
She thinks she's tough
She ain't no English rose
But the blind singer
He's seen enough and he knows
He do a song about a long-gone Irish girl
But I got one of for you my Portobello Belle

She sees a man upon his back there
Escaping from a sack there
And Belladonna lingers
Her gloves they got no fingers
Blind man he's singing the Irish
He get his money in a tin dish
Just a corner serenader
Once upon a time he could have made her
She thinks she's tough
She ain't no English rose
But the blind singer
He's seen enough and he knows
He do a song about a long-gone Irish girl
But I got one of for you my Portobello Belle

Yes and these barrow boys are hawking
And a parakeet is squawking
Upon a truck paper rhino
She get the crying of a wino
And then she get the reggae rumble
Belladonna's in the jungle
But she ain't no garden flower
There ain't no distress in the tower
Belladonna walks
Belladonna taking control
She don't care about your window box
Or your button hole
She sing a song about a long-gone Irish girl
But I got one of for you my Portobello Belle

Track Listing

  • 1 Once Upon a Time in the West
  • 2 News
  • 3 Where Do You Think You're Going?
  • 4 Communiqué
  • 5 Lady Writer
  • 6 Angel of Mercy
  • 7 Portobello Belle
  • 8 Single-Handed Sailor
  • 9 Follow Me Home