Mark Knopfler - What It Is Lyrics

Mark Knopfler Sailing to Philadelphia cover art
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The drinking dens are spilling out
There's staggering in the square
There's lads and lasses falling about
And a crackling in the air

Down around the dungeon doors
The shelters and the queues
Everybody's looking for
Somebody's arms to fall into

And it's what it is
It's what it is now

There's frost on the graves and the monuments
But the taverns are warm in town
People curse the government
And shovel hot food down

The lights are out in city hall
The castle and the keep
The moon shines down upon it all
The legless and asleep

And it's cold on the tollgate
With the wagons creeping through
Cold on the tollgate
God knows what I could do with you
And it's what it is
It's what it is now

The garrison sleeps in the citadel
With the ghosts and the ancient stones
High up on the parapet
A Scottish piper stands alone

And high on the wind
The highland drums begin to roll
And something from the past just comes
And stares into my soul

And it's cold on the tollgate
With the Caledonian blues
Cold on the tollgate
God knows what I could do with you

And it's what it is
It's what it is now
What it is
It's what it is now

There's a chink of light, there's a burning wick
There's a lantern in the tower
Wee Willie Winkie with a candlestick
Still writing songs in the wee wee hours

On Charlotte Street I take
A walking stick from my hotel
The ghost of Dirty ****
Is still in search of Little Nell

And it's what it is
It's what it is now
Oh it's what it is
What it is now
Track Listing
CD 1
  • 1 What It Is
  • 2 Sailing to Philadelphia
  • 3 Who's Your Baby Now
  • 4 Baloney Again
  • 5 The Last Laugh
  • 6 Do America
  • 7 Silvertown Blues
  • 8 El Macho
  • 9 Prairie Wedding
  • 10 Wanderlust
  • 11 Speedway at Nazareth
  • 12 Junkie Doll
  • 13 Sands of Nevada
  • 14 One More Matinee


  • Credits
    publisher: ©Universal Music Publishing Group
    writers: Mark Knopfler
    album: Track 1 in album Sailing to Philadelphia
    release date: 2000-9-25
    popularity : 113 users have visited this page.
    genres: Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Blues Rock/Country Rock/Classic Rock
    length: 4:57
    violin: Aubrey Haynie
    composer: Mark Knopfler
    lyricist: Mark Knopfler
    Album Information
    label: Mercury Records
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: CD
    barcode: 731454298124
    script: Latin