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Dire Straits — Solid Rock
Album: Making Movies
Avg rating:
7.2

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Total ratings: 881









Released: 1980
Length: 3:19
Plays (last 30 days): 1
Well now take a look at that
I made a castle in the sand
Saying this is where it's at you
Couldn't understand now
If I realised that the chances were slim
How come I'm so surprised when the tide rolled in

Gonna live on solid rock
Gonna live on solid rock
Wanna give I don't wanna be blocked
I'm gonna live on solid rock

Well I'm sick of potential
I'm sick of vanity now
I'm sticking to essential reality now
I don't know what's worse
Try to make a silk purse
Living an illusion in confusion

Gonna live on solid rock
Gonna live on solid rock
Gonna live I don't wanna be blocked
I'm gonna live on solid rock

You know a house of cards
Never built for shock
You could blow it down in any kind of weather
Now you take two solid rocks two solid blocks
You know they're gonna stick
Yeah they're gonna stick together oh-oh

Yeah because the heart that you break
That's the one that you rely on
The bed that you make
That's the one you gotta lie on
When you point your finger cos your plan fell through
You got three more fingers pointing back at you yeah

Gonna live on solid rock
I'm gonna live on solid rock
I wanna give I don't wanna be blocked
I'm gonna live on solid

Rock rock solid rock
Rock rock solid rock
I wanna give I don't wanna be blocked
I'm gonna live on solid

Rock rock solid rock
Rock rock solid rock
I wanna give I don't wanna be blocked
I'm gonna live on solid solid solid solid rock

Solid rock
Solid rock
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Always loved this country blues rocker.  How many original sounds this guy got out of the guitar!
 steviedeant wrote:
Thought I heard Keith Richards there for a minute.

It has a Rolling Stones’ sound for me also.
Must have paid a fortune for the album cover art...
 steviedeant wrote:
Thought I heard Keith Richards there for a minute.
 

Took you a whole minute to realize you weren't? 
I remember when I was 18 I saw Dire Straits in Tel Aviv. I was a girl travelling alone, drunk on raki, and danced my face off when this song came on. Amazed I'm here today to tell the story to be honest. 
Thought I heard Keith Richards there for a minute.
The "juke box" at the Rose and Crown, Oundle, Northants, 1982... Always a favourite of Mr. James Watson, who, at the time, was a dead-ringer (appearance) for one David Gilmour. Cheers, mate!
It was the B Side of Romeo and Juliet - which was the first single I brought
{#Bananajam}
Classic, thanks for picking up the day for me, RP!
 kingart wrote:

I misquoted myself. I would never say I was not a fan of this song.  It's an 8, for me.  I must have been referring to another song and accidentally posted it here. Sorry about that, Mr. Knopfler and D.S. 


kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Jul 21, 2016 10:21
 

fredriley wrote:
This is the only DS/Knopfler number I've actively disliked and have had to mute. Yer man's just shouting in the mike, the backing sucks, the tune sounds like something a drunk would compose after 10 pints and 3 whiskeys (or a six-pack of Special Brew), and it's got all the subtlety and feeling of a smack in the teeth with a half-brick. A real turkey in Knopfler's otherwise brilliant oeuvre, at least to these ears.

  
I agree.  Big fan of the artist, but not of this song.
{#Naughty}  

 

I misquoted myself. I would never say I was not a fan of this song.  It's an 8, for me.  I must have been referring to another song and accidentally posted it here. Sorry about that, Mr. Knopfler and D.S. 
kingart
(Brooklyn NY)
Posted: Jul 21, 2016 10:21
 

fredriley wrote:
This is the only DS/Knopfler number I've actively disliked and have had to mute. Yer man's just shouting in the mike, the backing sucks, the tune sounds like something a drunk would compose after 10 pints and 3 whiskeys (or a six-pack of Special Brew), and it's got all the subtlety and feeling of a smack in the teeth with a half-brick. A real turkey in Knopfler's otherwise brilliant oeuvre, at least to these ears.

  
I agree.  Big fan of the artist, but not of this song.
{#Naughty}  
 kingart wrote:
fredriley wrote:
This is the only DS/Knopfler number I've actively disliked and have had to mute. Yer man's just shouting in the mike, the backing sucks, the tune sounds like something a drunk would compose after 10 pints and 3 whiskeys (or a six-pack of Special Brew), and it's got all the subtlety and feeling of a smack in the teeth with a half-brick. A real turkey in Knopfler's otherwise brilliant oeuvre, at least to these ears.

  
I agree.  Big fan of the artist, but not of this song.
{#Naughty}  

 
🎼➕1 {#Iamwithstupid}
I like.
Straits do the Stones.
fredriley wrote:
This is the only DS/Knopfler number I've actively disliked and have had to mute. Yer man's just shouting in the mike, the backing sucks, the tune sounds like something a drunk would compose after 10 pints and 3 whiskeys (or a six-pack of Special Brew), and it's got all the subtlety and feeling of a smack in the teeth with a half-brick. A real turkey in Knopfler's otherwise brilliant oeuvre, at least to these ears.

  
I agree.  Big fan of the artist, but not of this song.
{#Naughty}  
Wow this has not had much airplay on RP...a classic!
 fredriley wrote:
This is the only DS/Knopfler number I've actively disliked and have had to mute. Yer man's just shouting in the mike, the backing sucks, the tune sounds like something a drunk would compose after 10 pints and 3 whiskeys (or a six-pack of Special Brew), and it's got all the subtlety and feeling of a smack in the teeth with a half-brick. A real turkey in Knopfler's otherwise brilliant oeuvre, at least to these ears.

 
I agree.  Big fan of the artist, but not of this song.
I'm in that mood. 
8 > 9.

Smokin'.  
 MJMJ wrote:
The live version from Alchemy is great, should be played.
 +1 that.  I agree with many of the comments here that this is only a pretty good DS tune.  

The Alchemy recording has something extra on it. 
The live version from Alchemy is great, should be played. 
Solid Gold    {#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}
 kingart wrote:

How do I spell the onomatopoeia of flatulence to such opinions? 

 
BTW, Fred--a fairly astute critic--has a point. Nonetheless, I love this throwaway.
 kcar wrote:
Do they play much Mark Knopfler here? 

 
Happily, yes.  That's one reason I listen.
 kingart wrote:

How do I spell the onomatopoeia of flatulence to such opinions? 

 
Brrrrraaack-thflut-thflut-thlfut-proooooot.
 fredriley wrote:
This is the only DS/Knopfler number I've actively disliked and have had to mute. Yer man's just shouting in the mike, the backing sucks, the tune sounds like something a drunk would compose after 10 pints and 3 whiskeys (or a six-pack of Special Brew), and it's got all the subtlety and feeling of a smack in the teeth with a half-brick. A real turkey in Knopfler's otherwise brilliant oeuvre, at least to these ears.

 
How do I spell the onomatopoeia of flatulence to such opinions? 
Do they play much Mark Knopfler here? 
This is the only DS/Knopfler number I've actively disliked and have had to mute. Yer man's just shouting in the mike, the backing sucks, the tune sounds like something a drunk would compose after 10 pints and 3 whiskeys (or a six-pack of Special Brew), and it's got all the subtlety and feeling of a smack in the teeth with a half-brick. A real turkey in Knopfler's otherwise brilliant oeuvre, at least to these ears.
 Mita wrote:
Making Movies is easily one of best rock albums of all time. Weep Dave Matthews...
 

yeah, agree, rock on boys
...this morning's set seems to be all over the map..."ROCKIN"
 Cynaera wrote:
I remember the first time I heard this song on some obscure FM radio station. It lit me up so intensely that I had to find out who did it and then buy the album. I still love the whole album, but "Solid Rock" broke the "Sultans of Swing" apathy for me.

This will always be one of my favorite Dire Straits songs. {#Notworthy}
 
Huh, this is my least favorite song on the album. But I know what you mean about the "Sultans" apathy - it was "Romeo and Juliet" that made me sit up and take notice.
Making Movies is easily one of best rock albums of all time. Weep Dave Matthews...
I remember the first time I heard this song on some obscure FM radio station. It lit me up so intensely that I had to find out who did it and then buy the album. I still love the whole album, but "Solid Rock" broke the "Sultans of Swing" apathy for me.

This will always be one of my favorite Dire Straits songs. {#Notworthy}
Seen them live twice,,this one I do remember !
Love it!{#Music}
{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}{#Bananajam}  AwoooooooooH!
As a big Dire Straits / Mark Knopfler fan i must admit this certainly is one of the lesser songs...

BUT......... They played it alot live and during a concert this song actually makes the place boogy!

To me, this one is a 6.
 Wizzuvv_oz wrote:
what a nice set!
 
That's what SHE said.

 veegez wrote:

Love the guitar riff on this song too.  The song rocks and despite a lot of complaints below, rates fairly - a 7. 

 

That's true. This is also one of the better tunes on the live album, Alchemy, IMHO.

Love the guitar riff on this song too.  The song rocks and despite a lot of complaints below, rates fairly - a 7. 


I agree with a lot of the previous posters.

Dire Straits has made some great songs.

This is not one of them. {#Sad}

Album filler
Love the song, but it sure sounds like low bit-rate mp3 mush to me. Noticeably inferior to the surrounding songs and much worse than my CD.

Just sayin' that maybe a new upload would be a good thing.
 burdell wrote:
This is the worst song on this album. And better than 90% of everything else on RP. That ... is the mark of brilliance.
 
I love DS and MK, but must disagree with that broad statement.

This is the worst song on this album. And better than 90% of everything else on RP. That ... is the mark of brilliance.
wow, this is really not one of their better songs.
Contradiction in terms. whtahtefcuk wrote:
TOO MUCH Dire Straits... Boo
whtahtefcuk wrote:
TOO MUCH Dire Straits... Boo
I like Dire Straits ... a lot. I don't even care about the narrow range in terms of style from one song to the next. It's a great vein and Mark Knopfler has mined it well. But I also have to say that, in comparison to some other artists I also like a lot, they do seem to be rather overrepresented on RP, both in terms of frequency of play and the number of different tracks available.
Well I'm sich of Potential I'm sick of Vanity I'm sticking to essential Reality I love that lyric
TOO MUCH Dire Straits... Boo
bigV wrote:
beyond divine. whoever says dire straits songs all sound the same obviously only knows "brothers in arms", which, while a great album, is not what makes mark and co great. it's "making movies" "love over gold" etc. love it all.
I've heard (and even owned) several Dire Straits albums. Fact is, the guitar sound is very similar from song to song. Knopfler is much like Pat Metheny in that respect - hugely talented, but unable to change his style to fit the song. His voice also sounds the same on most of his songs, but I suppose that's easier to forgive.
beyond divine. whoever says dire straits songs all sound the same obviously only knows "brothers in arms", which, while a great album, is not what makes mark and co great. it's "making movies" "love over gold" etc. love it all.
That girl on roller skates got me into this band so long ago. Loveit!
ruminator wrote:
I love Dire Straits... I can recognize that guitar anywhere!
That's because it sounds the same on every song. Zzz...
I love Dire Straits... I can recognize that guitar anywhere!
OMG!!!!!! I LOVE rock n roll! :bananapiano: :bananajam: :bananajam: :bananasplit: :dancingbanana: :dancingbanana_2:
Most excellent!
:dancingbanana:
Lots of stuff in these last two sets has been new-to-me (unrated). Keep it coming, Bill!
what a nice set!
keep playing