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Dire Straits — Water Of Love
Album: Dire Straits
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Total ratings: 2332









Released: 1978
Length: 5:07
Plays (last 30 days): 1
High and dry in the long hot day
Lost and lonely every way
Got the flats all around me sky up above
Yes I need a little water of love

I've been too long lonely and my heart feels pain
Crying out for some soothing rain
I believe I have taken enough
Yes I need a little water of love

Water of love deep in the ground
But there ain't no water here to be found
Some day baby when the river runs free
It's gonna carry that water of love to me

There's a bird up in a tree sitting up high
Just a-waiting for me to die
If I don't get some water soon
I'll be dead and gone in the afternoon

Water of love deep in the ground
But there ain't no water here to be found
Some day baby when the river runs free
It's gonna carry that water of love to me

Once I had a woman I could call my own
Once I had a woman now my woman she gone
Once there was a river now there's a stone
You know it's evil when you're living alone

Water of love deep in the ground
But there ain't no water here to be found
Some day baby when the river runs free
It's gonna carry that water of love to me

(Carry that) water of love deep in the ground
But there ain't no water here to be found
Some day baby when the river runs free
It's gonna carry that water of love to me
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 Aaronosteo wrote:
DS. Their back catalogue only gets better each passing year.
 
Surely their back catalogue doesn't change each year...? Must be your appreciation of it improving with age 

Mightly fine music though!!
I saw Dire Straits supporting Talking Heads in Swindon, UK in 1978.  I thought they were a competent pub band then, and have not since felt any need to revise this opinion.
Vivid picture of the human condition.
I  just left Las Vegas and I am heading up to Panamint Springs to look at the night sky , God this is such a pretty drive across Nevada to California
Well, it was 'Sultans' that brought me to this band, back in '78. So I have a different perspective on that song. 'Sultans' introduced all of us to DS, which is what I remember every time I hear 'Sultans'. I agree with your assessment of the rest of the album. You kinda know that Knopfler can do no wrong!  Happy Anniversary! 



COMMANDER_KENT wrote:
Every song on the first LP was a smash!  My least favorite was sultans of swing.  Maybe because commercial radio played it to death. 
Walking in the wild west end was the song my wife and I danced too at our wedding.  1984!  We still dance to it 34 years later...{#Hug}
 

I loooooooooooove this album 
I'll give you this Bill, at least you didn't go for the low hanging pandemic fruit like "It's The End of the World as We Know It"
Remember learning to drive a stick in a pickup truck at 16  with this tape on repeat. One of the best debut albums ever IMHO.  Classic and brilliant!
 COMMANDER_KENT wrote:
Every song on the first LP was a smash!  My least favorite was sultans of swing.  Maybe because commercial radio played it to death. 
Walking in the wild west end was the song my wife and I danced too at our wedding.  1984!  We still dance to it 34 years later...{#Hug}
 

You two dug the deep well. Keep on rock steady.  
10 for the guitar, 8 for the song as a whole. 
Lots of hints of where he was headed in the future. 
definitely a 10 for me , the lead guitar  is a killer .
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This is a great track, and I love how a great guitarist can play notes that almost sound off, yet knowing he's doing it on purpose stirs something inside me that I can not describe....so I'll just say it's a 9 (almost a 10....) and Long Live RP!!
way too much old stuff on RP... ho hum mostly... and I'm 57. please, some decent music after 1990!!!!!!
 lily34 wrote:

yeah. it reminds me of a couple other things, too. like a rothko piece. or that one of a shot outside a diner at night, i forget the artist and title of the piece...damnit.

also, love the song, too.
 
Edward Hopper?
DS. Their back catalogue only gets better each passing year.
 lily34 wrote:

yeah. it reminds me of a couple other things, too. like a rothko piece. or that one of a shot outside a diner at night, i forget the artist and title of the piece...damnit.

also, love the song, too.
 
I think you're talking about Nighthawks, by Edward Hopper.   Both have a certain haunting feeling
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One of my all-time favorites.
 COMMANDER_KENT wrote:
Every song on the first LP was a smash!  My least favorite was sultans of swing.  Maybe because commercial radio played it to death. 
Walking in the wild west end was the song my wife and I danced too at our wedding.  1984!  We still dance to it 34 years later...{#Hug}
 
One hell of a choice.  I was lucky enough to see DS with all the original members after Communique came out.  Ian Gomm opened, and he joined them for an encore of "Gloria".  That was cool as hell.
YES - OUTSTANDING INDEED.
Massive 10.  Grew up with DS and Knopfler's genius.  DS had lots of soul during a post-disco era that, well, lacked soul.
 COMMANDER_KENT wrote:
Every song on the first LP was a smash!  My least favorite was sultans of swing.  Maybe because commercial radio played it to death. 
Walking in the wild west end was the song my wife and I danced too at our wedding.  1984!  We still dance to it 34 years later...{#Hug}
 
Lovely {#Smile}
Every song on the first LP was a smash!  My least favorite was sultans of swing.  Maybe because commercial radio played it to death. 
Walking in the wild west end was the song my wife and I danced too at our wedding.  1984!  We still dance to it 34 years later...{#Hug}
Okay it is has taken almost forty years but this song has grown on me. In my defence I am a Philistine from the Wild West End.
  jab49 wrote:
Love the song, but also, what do you think about the cover art? For me, never before has someone looked so lonely and in "dire straits" like the girl on the cover. Maybe it's not meant to mean that, but to me it does.

  
lily34 wrote:

yeah. it reminds me of a couple other things, too. like a rothko piece. or that one of a shot outside a diner at night, i forget the artist and title of the piece...damnit.

also, love the song, too.

 
Hopper-esque in its own way


 Geecheeboy wrote:
Clever seque from Nick Drake's Cello Song.

 
I concur. So smooth. Tempo. Tone. Feel. {#Clap}
Yes. But what about "In The Gallery"? As Tippster says below, it's - wow. Fabulous, scathing; totally nails the whole pretentious scene.
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BuzzPete wrote:

Six Blade Knife. Another great one.


 BuzzPete wrote:

YES YES YES. Six Blade Knife please.



 


Sitting in my shed in Vermont with the Woodstove blazing and listening to RP. Thanks Bill and Rebecca for all the great tunes

Six Blade Knife. Another great one.


 jab49 wrote:
Love the song, but also, what do you think about the cover art? For me, never before has someone looked so lonely and in "dire straits" like the girl on the cover. Maybe it's not meant to mean that, but to me it does.

 
yeah. it reminds me of a couple other things, too. like a rothko piece. or that one of a shot outside a diner at night, i forget the artist and title of the piece...damnit.

also, love the song, too.
Damn, dat dobro...
Love the song, but also, what do you think about the cover art? For me, never before has someone looked so lonely and in "dire straits" like the girl on the cover. Maybe it's not meant to mean that, but to me it does.
Outstanding!  Been a long time since I heard it.
 NicJohn wrote:
Great album.  Fresh sound when it came out and still stands up well.

 

Holds up like high quality steel.

{#Yes} 
 Deadwing wrote:

Sultans of Swing is the song that launched Dire Straits into the rock world and established their unique sound. It's a brilliant song. That being said, this song and Down to the Waterline are my favs from the album.

 
I agree with all your points, but my personal favorite is "In the Gallery."  Those solo breaks are just... 
A great classic
how could this be their first album?!?
yes that's true  
Great album.  Fresh sound when it came out and still stands up well.
 stegokitty wrote:

There's nothing weak about "Sultans of Swing".
It, along with this, is just another wonderful song from a wonderful album. 

 
Sultans of Swing is the song that launched Dire Straits into the rock world and established their unique sound. It's a brilliant song. That being said, this song and Down to the Waterline are my favs from the album.
 swtobias508 wrote:

I agree Cynera.  It is odd that their break out hit was the weakest song on the album. However, so glad it was there or this kid would have never bought the album.  I thank MK as well as Steely Dan for fermenting a deeper love and respect for music in me.
 
There's nothing weak about "Sultans of Swing".
It, along with this, is just another wonderful song from a wonderful album. 
Remember in Conan the Barbarian, when he was hanging on the Tree of Woe or whatever it was? I get that picture in my head when I hear this...in a parched wasteland, the vultures circling, river dried up, if I don't get some water soon...

Clever seque from Nick Drake's Cello Song.
Part of a such beautiful set this cold february morning here, thank you Bill !
 Lazarus wrote:


miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this wet song...  love this album...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll... 

 
I agree Cynera.  It is odd that their break out hit was the weakest song on the album. However, so glad it was there or this kid would have never bought the album.  I thank MK as well as Steely Dan for fermenting a deeper love and respect for music in me.
{#Devil_pimp}smoooooth
This song makes me thirsty...
Beyond cool....
 aspicer wrote:
Such a BRILLIANT album!  A desert island disc for sure!

 
This album was a real breath of fresh air when in came out in the stale late seventies.
10, next
 maxmox wrote:
A respectful nod to JJ Cale seems happening here.........

 
Yeah, people keep posting that here. Interesting. I don't have a lot of exposure to JJ but I see what you mean. 

Knopfer has an amazing ability to get a rounded, singing sound out of his playing although that sort of disappeared on "Brothers in Arms." Perhaps he's just a genius at mixing the recorders... 
Ahh, that's more like it.
Make forget this Alpha Blondy madness.
Favorite vinyl ever.
Had to drive to Toronto to "The Record Pedler" to get this import when the buzz hit the streets about these guys.
 
 George_Tirebiter wrote:
Hard to believe that this has been around for 32 years.  It was welcome relief to the horror {#Sorry} of disco......

 
...and Punk.
 Cynaera wrote:
Looking at the track listing for this album, it strikes me as funny that "Sultans of Swing" is my least favorite song. To me, all the other songs are far stronger. I especially love "Six Blade Knife" and "Down to the Waterline."  Some very edgy, intelligent music coming out of the Knopfler brothers here. (And David Knopfler came out with "Lips Against the Steel" with some very good schtuff on it. Worth buying, if you can find it.)
 

miss you so much, Cynaera...

love this wet song...  love this album...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll... 
Good.  Not one of my favorites.  There's a nice version on their BBC album.  
 jocelynsart wrote:
wow, this is Dire Straits
 

 
And yet so is "Money For Nothing", odd isn't it?
Absolutely a TEN !
 

Krispian wrote:
10

 


wow, this is Dire Straits
 
10
A great album to listen to from beginning to end.

Last of a kind it seems.  Not many artists have been able to accomplish gifts of these kind in many years.

Albums these days seem to be more of contractual obligations and a couple of gems than complete thoughts.
 Cynaera wrote:
Looking at the track listing for this album, it strikes me as funny that "Sultans of Swing" is my least favorite song. To me, all the other songs are far stronger. I especially love "Six Blade Knife" and "Down to the Waterline."  Some very edgy, intelligent music coming out of the Knopfler brothers here. (And David Knopfler came out with "Lips Against the Steel" with some very good schtuff on it. Worth buying, if you can find it.)
 
I consider MK to be my personal guitar god, and must say across the entire Dire Straits library the radio singles are almost always my least favorites. When listening to a full album, I'll skip past tunes like "Walk of Life" yet when it comes on a commercial radio station it's still way better than most of the other drivel they've played that day.
 maxmox wrote:
A respectful nod to JJ Cale seems happening here.........
 
great call my man
Such a BRILLIANT album!  A desert island disc for sure!
...Ahhh.  Thank you!  This is my favorite song of the album.
Thanks RP for playing great tracks from Dire Straits, aside from the standard Sultans of Swing :)
ohhhh. one of my favorites. thanks, bill!
A respectful nod to JJ Cale seems happening here.........
YEAH!! Without knowing it at first i really wanted to hear this song right now.... Wait... wut? Never mind, it's just the utmost PERFECT timing... {#Clap}
10
Bill!

I am gettin your thread theme here for the last five or six...
(yer a genious!)
Pretty timeless song.
 LuvWilloughby wrote:
 
This is the one that got me back in 1979. Hooked on Knopfler ever since.
romeotuma wrote:


This song is soooo gooood for the ears...
 
 


Yes, I know what you mean...  love this song...

 
{#Angel}  Sweet memories for sure!
Outstanding album - great, great song.
yikes good call! It doesn't sound like jj cale, but it DOES have that feel

 
flatpicker wrote:
A real J.J. Cale feel to this.
Which is ok in my books.
 

Well... maybe this should be a 10 after all.
 
 George_Tirebiter wrote:
Hard to believe that this has been around for 32 years.  It was welcome relief to the horror {#Sorry} of disco......
 
32 years? Holy crap... I've finally hit that age-range when I keep saying, "That's from ___ years ago? What?!" Egad.{#Eek}
great lullaby
This is a great song. It really gets me going in the morning.
Looking at the track listing for this album, it strikes me as funny that "Sultans of Swing" is my least favorite song. To me, all the other songs are far stronger. I especially love "Six Blade Knife" and "Down to the Waterline."  Some very edgy, intelligent music coming out of the Knopfler brothers here. (And David Knopfler came out with "Lips Against the Steel" with some very good schtuff on it. Worth buying, if you can find it.)
Hmmm...I clicked on the "Buy MP3 from Amazon" and it took me to the "Sultans of Swing - the Very Best of Dire Straits" page (no "Water of Love" there)...{#Think}   Ah found it thru the search.
 Felix_The_Cat wrote:
reminds me of steely dan somehow...

 

Maybe in such way that Mark Knopfler played a tune (of which is only used a second or two) on the album "Gaucho" (on "Gaucho" itself, I believe).
Reminds me of JJ Cale. That is: the first album resembles JJ Cale quite a lot...


 exjunkie wrote:
This is a great album.  I love "In the gallery" 
 
My favorite 2 Dire Straits songs!
Brings me back to the days when I made silver flutes in the wooded outback of Vermont. Such fine musicians!
This is a great album.  I love "In the gallery" 
This song still gets to me.
GREAT set of songs!  I never would have thought to put them together, but they work very well.  Bill you've got a great talent  {#Yes}

Sarah McLachlan - Plenty
Hooverphonic - Inhaler
Broken Bells - Your Head is On Fire
Dire Straits - Water of Love

reminds us always of an Interrail - Trip in 1988.
A real J.J. Cale feel to this.
Which is ok in my books.

thank gawd...a Dire Straits song not on Brothers in Arms.
Hard to believe that this has been around for 32 years.  It was welcome relief to the horror {#Sorry} of disco......
 
This is the one that got me back in 1979. Hooked on Knopfler ever since.
romeotuma wrote:


This song is soooo gooood for the ears...


 


 Papernapkin wrote:
Too bad it's dishwater.
 
Har-dee-har-har... you think that up yourself, Stimey?

reminds me of steely dan somehow...

Too bad it's dishwater.


This song is soooo gooood for the ears...


Foe sure!
 
On_The_Beach wrote:
The first album is still their best, IMO.
 


Used to come back from some heavy nights out with my art college flatmates and listen to DS. This album was so different to everything else then. It all seemed rather 'same as, same as' after that. You just had to be there at the right time in your life.
 gumbo73039 wrote:
When you don't play D S often you forget how damn fine they were. Great memories

 Yes 'ndeed! I still listen to "On every street" very frequently ... {#Cheers}

Saw them live at the Knickerbocker Arena (Albany, NY) back in 92 ...

helluva concert dude! {#Dancingbanana_2}{#Dancingbanana}{#Bananajam}{#Drummer}{#Guitarist}{#Guitarist}{#Boohoo}{#Drunk}



When you don't play D S often you forget how damn fine they were. Great memories

Greatness.
 coolpeople_rule wrote:
"If I don't get some water soon...I'll be in Dire Straits"
 
{#Clap}  {#Clap}  {#Clap}

More wood block!
you can't go wrong with Dire Straits...   Knopfler is one of the greats.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
The first album is still their best, IMO.
 
agreed 100% on that my friend   

The first album is still their best, IMO.

https://4.bp.blogspot.com/_aYT5zL-AJlY/RereEGAzgqI/AAAAAAAABoc/Mj1KZPv1iEs/s200/Dire_Straits_album.jpg

Still gives me chills. . .

Oooooh.... Mark made every song great with those magic fingers.  I wish I could play like that.
Still think it would be awesome to do a decent Western Movie with music by Dire Straits -
once there was a river
now theres a stone
you know its evil
when you're living alone.
(great lyric but don't agree with the sentiments)
 raga wrote:


Dobro, not slide guitar
 
See (and hear) Dobro demonstration.
Deadwing wrote:
My favorite Dire Straits song {#Meditate}


it might be mine, too. or close to it.

My favorite Dire Straits song    {#Meditate}
"If I don't get some water soon...I'll be in Dire Straits"
Great! More Dire Straits!! Thanks a ton. :)
LOVE this song :music:
Great memories. What a band. My favorite era for these boys.
OH! one of my fav DS tunes!! thanks, bill!