Mark Knopfler - Silvertown Blues Lyrics

Mark Knopfler Sailing to Philadelphia cover art
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On Silvertown Way, the cranes stand high
Quiet and gray against the still of the sky
They won't quit and lay down though the action has died
They watch the new game in town on the Blackwall side

From the poisonous drains a vision appears
New circle of cranes, a new reason to be here
A big silver dome rising up into the dawn
Above the church and the homes were all the silver is gone

If I'd a bucket of gold, what would I do
I'd leave the story untold Silvertown blues
Going down Silvertown
Down in Silverdown
Going down Silvertown
Down in Silverdown

A silver dawn steals over the docks
A truck with no weels up on cinderblocks
Men with no dreams around a fire in a drum
Scrap metal schemes are rusted over and done

If I'd a bucket of gold, silver would do
I'd leave the story untold Silvertown blues
Going down Silvertown
Down in Silverdown
Going down Silvertown
Down in Silverdown

When you're standing on thin and dangerous ice
You can knock and walk in for citizens' advice
They'll tell you the where you can turn, where you can go
There's nothing they can tell me I don't already know

If I'd a bucket of gold, silver would do
I'd leave the story untold Silvertown blues
Going down Silvertown
Down in Silverdown
Going down Silvertown
Down in Silverdown

From the Caning Town train I see a billboard high
There's a big silverplane raising up into the sky
And I can make out the words 'seven flights every day'
Says six of those birds are bound for JFK

If I'd a bucket of gold, silver would do
I'd leave the story untold Silvertown blues
And I'm going down in Silvertown
Down in Silverdown
Going down Silvertown
Down in Silverdown
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 7 in album Sailing to Philadelphia
    release date: 2000-9-25
    popularity : 68 users have visited this page.
    genres: Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Blues Rock/Country Rock/Classic Rock
    length: 5:31
    vocal: Glenn Tilbrook and Chris Difford
    performer: Glenn Tilbrook
    Album Information
    label: Mercury Records
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: CD
    barcode: 731454298124
    script: Latin