Mark Knopfler - Sailing to Philadelphia Lyrics

Mark Knopfler Sailing to Philadelphia cover art
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I am Jeremiah Dixon
I am a Geordie boy
A glass of wine with you, sir
And the ladies I'll enjoy
All Durham and Northumberland
Is measured up by my own hand
It was my fate from birth
To make my mark upon the earth

He calls me Charlie Mason
A stargazer am I
It seems that I was born
To chart the evening sky
They'd cut me out for baking bread
But I had other dreams instead
This baker's boy from the west country
Would join the Royal Society

We are sailing to Philadelphia
A world away from the coaly Tyne
Sailing to Philadelphia
To draw the line
A Mason-Dixon Line

Now you're a good surveyor, Dixon
But I swear you'll make me mad
The West will kill us both
You gullible Geordie lad
You talk of liberty
How can America be free
A Geordie and a baker's boy
In the forests of the Iroquois

Now hold your head up, Mason
See America lies there
The morning tide has raised
The capes of Delaware
Come up and feel the sun
A new morning has begun
Another day will make it clear
Why your stars should guide us here

We are sailing to Philadelphia
A world away from the coaly Tyne
Sailing to Philadelphia
To draw the line
A Mason-Dixon Line

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 2 in album Sailing to Philadelphia
    release date: 2000-9-25
    popularity : 108 users have visited this page.
    genres: Folk, World, & Country
    styles: Blues Rock/Country Rock/Classic Rock
    length: 5:30
    vocal: Mark Knopfler and James Taylor
    performer: James Taylor
    guitar: Mark Knopfler
    pedal steel guitar: Paul Franklin
    Album Information
    label: Mercury Records
    country(area): United Kingdom
    format: CD
    barcode: 731454298124
    script: Latin