Song for Sonny Liston

Mark Knopfler

credits


publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Mark Knopfler
album: Track 8 in album Shangri-La
release date: 2004-9-27
popularity : 3 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Blues Folk, World, & Country
styles: Folk Rock/Soft Rock
length: 5:09

Album Information

label: Mercury Records
country(area): United Kingdom
format: CD
barcode: 602498677155
script: Latin

Cover Art

Mark Knopfler Shangri-La cover art

Lyrics

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So many mouths to feed on the farm
His mama ran away and his daddy beat him bad

A right like Betty Bamalam
And all them sluggers went down like lead
Well he hung with the hoods he wouldn't stroke the fans
Boom bam like the slammer door

Somebody's money says the bear's going down
Sonny's going down for miles and miles

With his lowlife backers and his hands like rocks
They didn't like him and he didn't like them
Black Cadillac alligator boots
Some say the bear took a flop

A right like Betty Bamalam
And all them sluggers went down like lead
Joe Louis was his hero he tried to be the same
So the civil rights people didn't want him on the throne

The bear's going down
Sonny's going down for miles and miles

There was dope in his veins and a pistol on the drawer
He hated needles but he knew too much
Cris-crossed on his back
The second-last child was the second-last king

A right like Betty Bamalam
And all them sluggers went down like lead
They never could be sure about the day he was born
And they never could be sure about the day he died

Somebody's money says the bear's going down
Sonny's going down for miles and miles

Blues for fighters.
Slow guitar, soft trumpet and a bell

Video

Track Listing


CD 1
  • 1 5.15 a.m.
  • 2 Boom, Like That
  • 3 Sucker Row
  • 4 The Trawlerman's Song
  • 5 Back to Tupelo
  • 6 Our Shangri-La
  • 7 Everybody Pays
  • 8 Song for Sonny Liston
  • 9 Whoop de Doo
  • 10 Postcards From Paraguay
  • 11 All That Matters
  • 12 Stand Up Guy
  • 13 Donegan's Gone
  • 14 Don't Crash the Ambulance