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Dire Straits — Where Do You Think You're Going
Album: Communiqué
Avg rating:
8.1

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Total ratings: 1188









Released: 1979
Length: 3:37
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Where d'ya think you're going
Don't you know it's dark outside
Where d'ya think you're going
Don't you care about my pride
Where d'ya think you're going
I think a you don't know
You got no way of knowing
There's really no place you can go

I understand your changes
A-long before you reach the door
I know where you think you're going
I know what you came here for
And now I'm sick of joking
You know I like you to be free
A-where d'ya think ya going
I think you better go with me girl

You say there is no reason
But you still find cause to doubt me
If you ain't with me girl
You're gonna be without me

Where d'ya think you're going
Don't you know it's dark outside
Where d'ya think you're going
I wish I didn't care about my pride
And now I'm sick of joking
You know I like you to be free
A-where d'ya think ya going
I think you better go with me girl
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 phlatdade469 wrote:
you won't go wrong


 

 rommesw wrote:
I am considering to add Mark to my personal list of heroes ... (up to now John Lennon, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Eric Clapton ...)
 

 anniebear wrote:
"Where ya think you're going ? Dont you care about my pride" Well, I bet shes gettng away from you as fast as humanly possible.
 
Exactly. I've loved DS and MK for years 
. Saw them live at Western Sptings Auckland mid 80s.
Listening to this song through the filter of #metoo it struck me that it's about a chauvinist relationship. If not abusive, at least dysfunctional. Such beautiful music for such a sad topic. 
Question of all questions.  
perfect
His songs always make me want to hop in the car and take another roadtrip across the country, which is a pretty high complement from me (unless its an illness, of course. ) {#Wink}
I am considering to add Mark to my personal list of heroes ... (up to now John Lennon, Paul Simon, Neil Young, Eric Clapton ...)
 LizK wrote:
Mark Knofler just carries me away. {#Yes} {#Tongue} {#Cool}

 
Me too, both his voice and his guitar playing.  
{#Guitarist} 9/10 - Only this because T R is better
 {#Bananajam}AGREED!

Quixx_II wrote:
I've always wished to hear an extended version of the ending solo...

 


The Dire Straits are INCREDIBLE. This whole album blows me away. {#Dancingbanana_2}
{#Notworthy}
I've always wished to hear an extended version of the ending solo...
 LizK wrote:
Mark Knofler just carries me away. {#Yes} {#Tongue} {#Cool}

 
Me too {#Clap}
wowww very good
 whomhow wrote:
Just can't rate it less than 8 even if I try...

 
Why are you trying to rate it less?

They really were a great band. 
love that signature guitar
Just can't rate it less than 8 even if I try...
 DaidyBoy wrote:
For me, he has / they have never done better than this.  Lovely stuff.

 
Wrote it right, sir!
For me, he has / they have never done better than this.  Lovely stuff.
Thanks for reminding me that I need to listen to some old Dire Straits real soon. Good stuff!
Mark ..............YES...{#Guitarist}
Haven't heard this in ages.  Thanks for bringing it back to me.  {#Clap}
 Dave_Mack wrote:
Strongly reminiscent of Dylan's "What Was It You Wanted".  I'll have to check the chronology.  Of course, it's got the snazzy Knopfler geetar that makes any song better.

ETA: I really shoulda known this, but Communique came out in 1979 while Bob's Oh Mercy was from 1989.  So Bob is not without his influences {#Wink}
 
Knopfler produced Dylan's album "Infidels"; according to Wikipedia "Although Mark disowned the reworked version of the album as released,<77> his production is still noticeable." I've read that he found producing the album quite trying but he and Dylan apparently tour together these days. 

Knopfler also played on "Slow Train Coming" in '79. 

I really liked "Love Over Gold" when it came out, but I can see why these days Mark is indifferent to it and subsequent albums. The earlier discs, including this one, still stand up.  
 
Dire Straits was a fabulous band, and Knopfler on his own as a soloist in collaboration with Emmy Lou and others and as a movie score composer is and has been one of the most outstanding and consistent talents of recent times. Really first rate. 
 islander wrote:
8->9. Just pushing the right buttons tonight.
 
..hard choice. I'll start with an 8 for now.
Mark Knofler just carries me away. {#Yes} {#Tongue} {#Cool}
Just the right night for Dire Straits to roll across the backyard with a delicious rum'n'coke in Orillia!!!  Sounds great!
8->9. Just pushing the right buttons tonight.
Nice, long time no hear
Dire Straits and Mark Knopfler are a long-time favorite... 9 points.
 rtb wrote:

How could you possibly defend this statement? 
How? 
 
Well, you see, "abhore" means "love", and "worst" is the new slang for "greatest".  Glad I could help.

 AngieOrwell wrote:
I do abhore them! One of the very worst bands music industry has given
 
How could you possibly defend this statement? 
How? 
Strongly reminiscent of Dylan's "What Was It You Wanted".  I'll have to check the chronology.  Of course, it's got the snazzy Knopfler geetar that makes any song better.

ETA: I really shoulda known this, but Communique came out in 1979 while Bob's Oh Mercy was from 1989.  So Bob is not without his influences {#Wink}

a classic one{#Bananajam}
I do abhore them! One of the very worst bands music industry has given! {#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}{#Puke}
This is an excellent, early performance of this song...great stuff!  Gotta love that hair.



Papernapkin wrote:
Such a non-melodic voice. Marginal at best.
   lophrequa wrote:

he makes up for it with the guitar, ya think?

 
Hell yeah!{#Bananajam}
 Papernapkin wrote:
Such a non-melodic voice. Marginal at best.
 
he makes up for it with the guitar, ya think?

 ocsike wrote:
My upload!!

 
Thanks, it's a good one {#Yes}
 Pommie wrote:
Excellent - from before they went downhill
 
Excellent, indeed. When did they ever go downhill?

Excellent - from before they went downhill
Such a non-melodic voice. Marginal at best.
no comment  -   8.
"Where ya think you're going ? Dont you care about my pride" Well, I bet shes gettng away from you as fast as humanly possible.
A couple of summers ago,  I saw Mark Knoppfler live at the Greek in Berkeley, and maybe I'm a bit of a rock 'n roll dinosaur, but I still say that this was easily one of the best concerts I seen.  He's a consummate musician and entertainer who doesn't need to rely on outlandish stage production to deliver; instead, Mark Knoppfler relies on the crazy, old-fashioned thing called raw talent.  I'm looking forward to the next time I get to see him.
This makes me want to drop my head asleep at my keyboard.........zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz
Welcome back! nasote wrote:
This is the first Dire Straits song I have listened to more than 10 years ago. It is a very good song.
ocsike wrote:
My upload!! :bananajam: :drummer:
https://www.elite.net/~runner/jennifers/thankyou.htm
This is the first Dire Straits song I have listened to more than 10 years ago. It is a very good song.
still sounds spooky, understated, timeless
Oh WOW!!! This is incredible!!!
A true Classic!!!
My upload!! :bananajam: :drummer:
brookap wrote:
just upped it from 8 to 9. No, wait...10.
Same here. As someone else said, this is my favorite pre-Brothers CD from Dire Straits. Well, unless you count Alchemy, which is awesome as well.
Hey kids, throw those flat picks away!
just upped it from 8 to 9. No, wait...10. The guitar just washes over me and I can't help but stop what I'm doing and listen. Stands the test of time like so little music can. Genius back then - still genius.
Really? This is so old that some listener on RP knows this song from his Dad's greatest hits CD?!! and i have another birthday coming this month...
bokey wrote:
I've found out that he's a lefty who plays right handed so his strong hand is his fret hand.Thats why he's able to bend 3 strings(at least) at once in 3 different directions.
There are only 2 directions that you can bend a string - up or down.
This album has always flirted with favorite for me of the pre-"Brothers In Arms" Dire Straits era. I love hearing songs like these on RP. If you think this track is good (and it is!), then check out "Single Handed Sailor", which is the next to last cut on this album - the outtro guitar solo is among the finest ever to be heard from Mark Knopfler. It never fails to send shivers down my spine on every listen. I will never forget the mid-80's, when I received every Dire Straits album recorded to date on CD as a gift. I had everything already on vinyl, but buried under the clicks and pops of the stylus were some very subtle notes from Mark's guitar, little tiny riffs and sounds which I missed on the vinyl but came through on the CD, especially with headphones on. It was like rediscovering the music all over again. These guys are so talented - and like on reviewer said - so much phenomenal music goes unnoticed with the plethora of greatest hits records and mega-radio station playlists that insist on playing the same song over and over again (thank God for Bill and Rebecca!)If you like this song and don't own the record - get it!
Sublime. The menace of the lyrics and vocal, with the contrasting beauty of the guitar. This man is a bona fide genius. Shiver material!
arctos wrote:
I would have to say this is yet another example of Knopfler's incredible ability to take a harmony, and use his fingers to create a peice of art.
I've found out that he's a lefty who plays right handed so his strong hand is his fret hand. Thats why he's able to bend 3 strings(at least) at once in 3 different directions.
Mark is so cool.......
this is one of my favourite dire straits song. such great music.
islander wrote:
Dire Straits songs always have "this" sound, but this one some how manages to sound different. I like it, much more listenable than the other 324 versions of the sultan of swing.
Haha, agreed!!! And although i like most of the 324 versions of Sultans of Swing, your right...they do get tiresome. I would have to say this is yet another example of Knopfler's incredible ability to take a harmony, and use his fingers to create a peice of art.
Dire Straits songs always have "this" sound, but this one some how manages to sound different. I like it, much more listenable than the other 324 versions of the sultan of swing.
Shesdifferent wrote:
Love these cool groove Dire Straits songs. . . . good pick!
I agree. I've got a couple DS albums and the one he did with Chet but that was the extent of my exposure to this great musician until I strated listening to RP. Oh-and the new one with Emmy Lou,but I listen to everything by Emmy Lou,the little harmony natural.
bronorb wrote:
I couldn't agree more! I've dicovered jems on albums that I would have never heard otherwise. Ya gotta dig into the meat of the LP/CD and experience ALL the music on it, not just the hits. Greatest Hits music is for rookies. Greatest Hits albums mostly suck. The real music is buried in the rest of the album. The focus today is on the single song. I really think younger people are missing a lot with this itunes crap. the best part about buying an album was discovering all of the rest of the music that the record company didn't care about.
Love these cool groove Dire Straits songs....good pick!
One of my favorite Dire Straits songs.
I bought the first album when it charted, but never bought this (their second) album. This work seems much more interesting. Here is an informatiive review of the album from Amazon.com -
Editorial Reviews Amazon.com Dire Straits seemed to be a band with no popular context when they recorded this sophomore outing. Their previous album's "Sultans of Swing" still hadn't charted and former schoolteacher Mark Knopfler, whose 30th birthday coincided with this album's release, still had little interest in mirroring the post-punk obsessions of late-'70s London. Oblivious to the changes that would soon take place (brother David leaving the band, compact discs resurrecting older rock consumers, and their own ascension to arena-rock status), the band continued to refine its pub-rock aesthetic on this unpretentious set of melancholy rock tunes. Mark's talent for cynical character sketches is further developed on tracks like "Where Do You Think You're Going" and "News," while the presence of Jerry Wexler at the production helm ensures that the rest of the band keeps the rhythms tight. But the laid-back atmosphere of recording in the Bahamas seems to have had just as much influence, from the reggae lope of the opening "Once upon a Time in the West" to those waves crashing against the beach in the hypnotic album closer, "Follow Me Home." All in all, a solid effort from a band that probably had no idea what was just around the corner. --Bill Forman
UltraNurd wrote:
Huh... never heard this one before, most of Dire Straits exposure has been from my dad's greatest hits album of theirs.
Greatest Hits albums mostly suck. The real music is buried in the rest of the album. The focus today is on the single song. I really think younger people are missing a lot with this itunes crap. the best part about buying an album was discovering all of the rest of the music that the record company didn't care about.
The first two Dire Straits albums are still my favorites. This song absolutely rules! Good choice.
Is this really the original production, just remastered but not otherwise fiddled with?
jeremyleo wrote:
Very good - nice groove and great production on this. I always thought this album was way too underrated. Happy to hear something off it on RP.
I agree.
Very good - nice groove and great production on this. I always thought this album was way too underrated. Happy to hear something off it on RP.
wow - one of the classic, less well-known early Straits tunes. dark, moody - great song rp. Knopfler could play like anything. great transition from the senegalese tune also...
UltraNurd wrote:
Huh... never heard this one before, most of Dire Straits exposure has been from my dad's greatest hits album of theirs.
Go get this CD. Like finding buried treasure.
Huh... never heard this one before, most of Dire Straits exposure has been from my dad's greatest hits album of theirs.
This is AWESOME, how have I not heard this before?
One of my favorite Dire Straits song. Truly belongs in RP, I was wondering why it had not been played before.