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(01) What It Is (4:57)
« on: July 27, 2016, 08:31:06 am »

What It Is (Mark Knopfler)

LYRICS

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 sleepless

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 Dick
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

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Re: (01) What It Is (4:57)
« Reply #1 on: April 29, 2020, 09:42:10 pm »
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DsHTkN4G9gls&ved=2ahUKEwiAwafssY7pAhWNyqYKHWHdDhIQwqsBMAB6BAgKEAQ&usg=AOvVaw3NNrDDoHhiASu4UbRo5WfY

And the highwayman stands blowing on his fingers by the green
I've walked inside his shoes before so I always buy his magazine
He's with a local mystery with blood stains on her hands
I like the way she winks at me but I leave her with the highwayman

Mexican version longer by 39 seconds:)
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Re: (01) What It Is (4:57)
« Reply #2 on: April 29, 2020, 10:42:39 pm »
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DsHTkN4G9gls&ved=2ahUKEwiAwafssY7pAhWNyqYKHWHdDhIQwqsBMAB6BAgKEAQ&usg=AOvVaw3NNrDDoHhiASu4UbRo5WfY

And the highwayman stands blowing on his fingers by the green
I've walked inside his shoes before so I always buy his magazine
He's with a local mystery with blood stains on her hands
I like the way she winks at me but I leave her with the highwayman

Mexican version longer by 39 seconds:)

Also available on another, super rare, very early promo  :)

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Re: (01) What It Is (4:57)
« Reply #3 on: April 30, 2020, 12:21:09 am »
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=https://m.youtube.com/watch%3Fv%3DsHTkN4G9gls&ved=2ahUKEwiAwafssY7pAhWNyqYKHWHdDhIQwqsBMAB6BAgKEAQ&usg=AOvVaw3NNrDDoHhiASu4UbRo5WfY

And the highwayman stands blowing on his fingers by the green
I've walked inside his shoes before so I always buy his magazine
He's with a local mystery with blood stains on her hands
I like the way she winks at me but I leave her with the highwayman

Mexican version longer by 39 seconds:)

Also available on another, super rare, very early promo  :)

 :thumbsup
"My first guitar had to be red...

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Re: (01) What It Is (4:57)
« Reply #4 on: May 01, 2020, 08:51:57 pm »
just an edit on the lyrics, the verse goes
"The legless and sleepless" (not asleep*)
three cracked vertebrae mighty man

 

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