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Dire Straits — On Every Street
Album: On Every Street
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Released: 1991
Length: 4:56
Plays (last 30 days): 1
There's gotta be a record of you someplace
You gotta be on somebody's books
The lowdown - a picture of your face
Your injured looks
The sacred and profane
The pleasure and the pain
Somewhere your fingerprints remain concrete
And it's your face I'm looking for on every street

A ladykiller - regulation tattoo
Silver spurs on his heels
Says - what can I tell you, as I'm standing next to you
She threw herself under my wheels
Oh it's a dangerous road
And a hazardous load
And the fireworks over liberty explode in the heat
And it's your face I'm looking for on every street

A three-chord symphony crashes into space
The moon is hanging upside down
I don't know why it is I'm still on the case
It's a ravenous town
And you still refuse to be traced
Seems to me such a waste
And every victory has a taste that's bittersweet
And it's your face I'm looking for on every street
And it's your face I'm looking for on every street
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Long Live RP
My rating:           9 - O U T S T A N D I N G
It just gets better and better. 
Love the arragement
I prefer the live version, but I'll take this. 9
Look out, here comes the hook . . . TOO LATE, it's gotcha!
Play Mark Knopfler.  Anytime!
 alanb wrote:

Thankfully, this song was written before Google and Facebook. Who knows what this would have been in the 21st century? "On Every Social Media Platform"? 

lol
prescient music indeed 
 kailou wrote:
Stop with the Knopfler already!  i like his music, but ENOUGH! 
 
"ENOUGH" is profoundly incorrect.
 Vakse wrote:
HAPPY Ending {#Bananajam}
to a crappy beginning{#Yawn}!

 
The beginning sets up the ending!
 kailou wrote:
Stop with the Knopfler already!  i like his music, but ENOUGH! 
 
It's called the PSD button.  Perhaps you should try it instead of screaming.
HAPPY Ending {#Bananajam}
to a crappy beginning{#Yawn}!
 gjeeg wrote:
orgasmic ending.
love. it.

 
exactly {#Notworthy}
Stop with the Knopfler already!  i like his music, but ENOUGH! 

Thankfully, this song was written before Google and Facebook. Who knows what this would have been in the 21st century? "On Every Social Media Platform"?


 Sjaaks wrote:

And of course not to forget the phenomenal work on the pedal steel by Paul Franklin, the world's best! Especially in the live version from "On The Night"!

 



 
Love the steel pedal guitar. Someone needs to rescue it from its near-exclusive use only in country music. 


orgasmic ending.
love. it.


An amazing songwriter. An incredible player. And all the emotions conveyed in his songs. The man is a master of his craft. A guy I would love to chat with. Play some more from his solo albums please.
Nice to hear a couple cuts the past few days from this somewhat overlooked but excellent album.
 
Not my favorite song!
Ton of bricks incoming {#Stop} the feels!
 ziakut wrote:
Must admit...I have succumbed for this same reason once in a while. I truly think some artists are careless about assigning artwork to represent the music therein. The old days of vinyl and larger album art seemed to lend itself to more attention to the artwork per se. It seems to be in vogue these days to have lazy, careless or sloppy artwork...these days its almost trendy to do something that makes people go..."wuhhhhh?". Ok...soapbox over and done with.
 
I agree; great song, crappy artwork.
With vinyl making a comeback hopefully there will be a return to better cover art.

And of course not to forget the phenomenal work on the pedal steel by Paul Franklin, the world's best! Especially in the live version from "On The Night"!


 undo_silence wrote:
Can I give this a 14? You should always play this song instead of anything from Neil Young. 

 
That's 28 altogether then :)) :))
Can I give this a 14? You should always play this song instead of anything from Neil Young. 

 Jersey_Joe wrote:


and he plays it all without a pick.  one of the most unique players out there!!!

 
Jeff Beck is another sans pick guitarist and he is pretty high on my list also. 
I LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH. Bill, you should play the live version too, from On the Night...
that Riff can go on and on until other Alien creatures hear us in the universe and say: ......lkjljlökjöklkjlkjljljlkjdkhhgdgddg..........
This was the first CD I bought for my first CD player. It evokes fond memories for me.
 symthy wrote:
When that guitar riff kicks in towards the end.... superb
 
You should check out the live version... Galloping drums and more guitars and shivers up and down my spine!
Just don't understand why they never put out another album..... would be SOOOO welcome

 
When that guitar riff kicks in towards the end.... superb
 Stingray wrote:

I USE ARCHOS (and you should do too)
 
Not familiar with ARCHOS, thanks for turning me on, I avoid Apple products like the plauge.  Delicate pieces of poo they are. 

Dear streets.  (Any fans of Pilkington in the house?)
They used this when the TV transmission was bust, which for the BEEB, is a lot.
 Stingray wrote:

Never liked this album, but have to admit that

the ugly album cover might have had a negative impact!

Why do I admit to this? Such a stupid reason!

 
Must admit...I have succumbed for this same reason once in a while. I truly think some artists are careless about assigning artwork to represent the music therein. The old days of vinyl and larger album art seemed to lend itself to more attention to the artwork per se. It seems to be in vogue these days to have lazy, careless or sloppy artwork...these days its almost trendy to do something that makes people go..."wuhhhhh?". Ok...soapbox over and done with. 
 philipr wrote:
Should be on every iPod
 
I USE ARCHOS (and you should do too)
LOVE. a lot.

Never liked this album, but have to admit that

the ugly album cover might have had a negative impact!

Why do I admit to this? Such a stupid reason!


Should be on every iPod
 hbs47 wrote:
Sublime.

 
Yes.
 Bad_Art wrote:
A thoroughly under-appreciated album.
 
Well, it is the worst they put out, but  you can't really complain about 18ct. gold vs pure when so many other artists are putting out silver at best.
Pure gold listening😝
A great song from a great album.
A thoroughly under-appreciated album.
FANtastic segue, Bill!!
 jcioban wrote:

OF course, in the office I need to channel all that energy through headphones directly to my grey matter....resulting in massive decrusting from stagnant areas and fresh new thinking on a whole range of topics!
 
...and that one of the reasons I listen to RP. I need something to get me thinking in new ways.

Sublime.

To the one that got away....

Pure bliss!
It's Dire Straits - that's nap time for me.   just set me alarm here... {#Sleep}

I'm always amazed that this song comes from an album as recent as '91. It feels like it's been with us forever.

Great album too... From the tongue in cheek brilliance of My Parties to the soaring heights of this. Love 'Straits.
9—>10... Even though I still prefer the On The Night version... : )
I just had the greatest memory of being on vacation in the Caribbean...dining in a seaside restaurant with the wind gently blowing over perfect azure waves...and being enthralled by On Every Street as it played in the background(the wine certainly helped the scene). So beautiful and brilliant, and so agonizing in its desperation. I believe there are many of us who can empathize. Knopfler doesn't get the credit he deserves.

Amazing song. The best of rock guitar ends it. Takes me many places, many streets, thinking of people I know everywhere. What are they doing? How are they?
Issue now is that I listen to RP is I purchase a lot of what I hear. Excellent work Bill.
 gdignard wrote:
Simply cannot be played loudly enough...
 
OF course, in the office I need to channel all that energy through headphones directly to my grey matter....resulting in massive decrusting from stagnant areas and fresh new thinking on a whole range of topics!
Great song!!  The "On the Night" version is even better... DS and MK are masters... : )
 anabel wrote:
9->10
 
Exact same!

 gdignard wrote:
Simply cannot be played loudly enough...
  Mi casa e su casa ! {#Dancingbanana_2}


 davin wrote:
Still a 10.
 
ALWAYS a 10. {#Bounce}
Beautiful!!
Great great great band.
Not their best album, for sure, but still very good.  Best song of this album, though. Even better live.
9->10
 crockydile wrote:

You can put "Love over Gold" on that list, too.

 
'Private Investigations' was what got me hooked

Simply cannot be played loudly enough...
Mesmerizing ... Knopfler at his best.
Still a 10.
I was working in myheritage.com, adding people to my family tree, when I heard this start with the lyrics, "There's gotta be a record of you some place; You gotta be on somebody's books; the lowdown - a picture of your face..."


 hixmyrick wrote:

Listen to the live performances on "Alchemy" and it might be clearer. Mark Knopfler is a freak on the guitar. I can't listen to this CD and not be left shaking my head, asking "how does he do that?" It really comes across to me in his live performances. 
 

and he plays it all without a pick.  one of the most unique players out there!!!
 pomalley wrote:
I never really got Dire Straits and why everyone thinks the guitar work is so good......  I do like some of their stuff but most is blah..... for me that is.
 
really, there is some great music on their albums.

(much stronger, imo, than "hotel california," which you gave a "10.")

 rah wrote:
here it comes....

03:46:08......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 
phlattop wrote:

YES!!!! that great ending

 
Let 'er rip Mark.

 Pyro wrote:

If you can listen to "Brothers in Arms" (the title cut of the CD by the same name) or "Telegraph Road" and not be moved, I'd be surprised.

 
You can put "Love over Gold" on that list, too.

 vaiodon wrote:

I've listened to this track many times but this is the first time I've heard it.
 
Strangely I just had the exact same experience.  Never really appreciated this song before today, but for some reason it just hit me!  9
 rah wrote:
here it comes....

03:46:08......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 
YES!!!! that great ending

 pomalley wrote:
I never really got Dire Straits and why everyone thinks the guitar work is so good......  I do like some of their stuff but most is blah..... for me that is.
 
If you can listen to "Brothers in Arms" (the title cut of the CD by the same name) or "Telegraph Road" and not be moved, I'd be surprised.

I wasn't a big fan until the above albums came along.  Now Knopfler's quitar stops me in my tracks.

I love "Planet of New Orleans" from this CD.  Wish someone more tech savvy than me would upload it.

 driversseat06 wrote:
Amazing track! I stopped what I was doing to listen. 
 
I've listened to this track many times but this is the first time I've heard it.

It's a hymn that gives way to orgasm.
Tireless, timeless, swimming in subtlety and spacious joy.
 pomalley wrote:
I never really got Dire Straits and why everyone thinks the guitar work is so good......  I do like some of their stuff but most is blah..... for me that is.
 
Listen to the live performances on "Alchemy" and it might be clearer. Mark Knopfler is a freak on the guitar. I can't listen to this CD and not be left shaking my head, asking "how does he do that?" It really comes across to me in his live performances. 
here it comes....

03:46:08......!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


This song is good for the ears...


wonderful  {#Sunny}
I like the rising action.
The rest of the CD might have been blah, I haven't listened to it for a loooong time.  This track I thought was superb, especially the outro.
I never really got Dire Straits and why everyone thinks the guitar work is so good......  I do like some of their stuff but most is blah..... for me that is.
Amazing track! I stopped what I was doing to listen. 
 rajulkabir wrote:
Whatever song has the misfortune to follow this one invariably evokes that deep, sad disappointment of waking up from a perfect dream. The last minute or so is so mesmerising I just have to drop whatever I'm doing and get as close to the speakers as I possibly can.
 
So absolutely true, unless its "Ride Across The Water"
One of Knopfler's best for sure...
Four years later.... !!! I feel the same way !!!!

This riff is TRANSCENDANT ! ! ! ! ! !

wonderful music. simple and great. perfect warm sound. goosebumps. 
Bittersweet indeed. Just when the song begins to soar..and we know when that is..it begins to end and WE DON'T WANT IT TO. But I did find live recordings from a few years ago that are close to seven minutes long! On YouTube! AWESOME!{#Bananajam}{#Roflol}{#Mrgreen}
 rajulkabir wrote:
Whatever song has the misfortune to follow this one invariably evokes that deep, sad disappointment of waking up from a perfect dream. The last minute or so is so mesmerising I just have to drop whatever I'm doing and get as close to the speakers as I possibly can.
 
+1! and you probably also want guitar never to stop in last solo..

This what I call Masterpiece.
and Sax part is a diamond {#Music} got 10

Marvelous song.   I hear Dire Straits influences in Arcade Fire and The Shins among others. 
 rah wrote:
I LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH.

 

me too me too
Whatever song has the misfortune to follow this one invariably evokes that deep, sad disappointment of waking up from a perfect dream. The last minute or so is so mesmerising I just have to drop whatever I'm doing and get as close to the speakers as I possibly can.
I LOVE THIS SONG SO MUCH.
When this CD first came out I was completely enthralled by this song. :meditate: What a masterpiece. Sublime indeed.
One of the most distinctive and interesting artists working today. Every album has at least one total gem.
so wonderful. Mark Knoffler is.... amazing.
eeke wrote:
ahhhh I love this part!!! you all know where its at!
Hey, you're right, I do!
Great tune to test new audio equipment. Love the tune as a tune, also.
ahhhh I love this part!!! you all know where its at!
What Nigel said. I add "humbling." nigelr wrote:
Tantamount to genius! Sublime, superb in the extreme!
un vero classico. non tramonterà mai
Tantamount to genius! Sublime, superb in the extreme!
c h i l l s....
Monster outro. Loop it forever. Gargantuan tune; soulful, sleek, intoxicating, driven, endless melody. "She threw herself under my wheels..."
Maybe the best song of this not-so-bad album. Right, it was the best moment of the concerts (I saw them thrice). THX RP!
How can the guitar be made to sound soooo perfect? The ending picked guitar phrasing is just so effective...one of my favorite DS songs.
biologenius wrote:
My memories of a DS concert in Stockholm in August 1992, always comes back to this song. The concert is half played, the sky in an intense, blue dusk. And then this song comes on, in a beautiful scene light of red and blue. And the song was so improved from the studio version. There was this almost tangible atmosphere. A great moment in music.
What a wonderful picture you've painted! I can "feel" that atmosphere with this great music.
Serious business.
This entire album is classic!
awfavre wrote:
I believe that is Chris White playing the saxophone, not a clarinet. Please correct me if I'm wrong. :smile: :beat:
Soprano Saxamaphone
My fav outro since Jimis' version of 'All Along The Watchtower'.
p4jkafla wrote:
The clarinet on this sounds so mournful.
I believe that is Chris White playing the saxophone, not a clarinet. Please correct me if I'm wrong. :smile: :beat:
kazuma wrote:
Princess Bride soundtrack - 1987 On Every Street LP - 1991
a ha! well, then i suppose the seeds planted on the soundtrack are evident here :)
Shesdifferent wrote:
Other than the MTV song, there aren't many songs I don't like from these guys. Mark Knopfler's voice is both raspy and syrupy.
Not even "Down By the Waterlin" , "Romeo & Juliet" or "Sultans of Swing" ... those are as likable as any Beatles songs.
Other than the MTV song, there aren't many songs I don't like from these guys. Mark Knoffler's voice is both raspy and syrupy.
TimeWaster wrote:
Both the studio version and the live one.
My memories of a DS concert in Stockholm in August 1992, always comes back to this song. The concert is half played, the sky in an intense, blue dusk. And then this song comes on, in a beautiful scene light of red and blue. And the song was so improved from the studio version. There was this almost tangible atmosphere. A great moment in music.