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Wild West End by Dire Straits

Updated on July 2, 2012

Wild West End by Dire Straits

Wild West End is one of my favourite tracks from the self titled first album by Dire Straits.

The song is loaded with the London experience from the 1970's, a time when I was working in London, and I often used to take the Number 19 Bus that is mentioned in the song. I hope you enjoy it.

Dire Straits were a great English rock band that was formed by Mark Knopfler in 1977. The band comprised also his brother David Knopfler (guitar), John Illsley (bass), and Pick Withers (drums).

Although the band was formed in an era when punk rock ruled the charts, their unique style of Rock Music, simpler than the Classic Rock of the 1970's, woowed new audiences quickly.

Their first single Sultan's Of Swing immediately put them into the spotlight. By the time their most famous album, Brothers In Arms was released, with the single Money For Nothing which of course was recorded at Live Aid they had reached the top.

This song, Wild West End is a great song from their first album, Dire Straits.

Song Lyrics: Wild West End by Dire Straits

Written by: Mark Knopfler from the Album: "Dire Straits" - 1978

Stepping out to Angellucci's for my coffee beans

Checking out the movies and the magazines

Waitress she watches me crossing from the Barocco Bar

I get a pickup for my steel guitar

I saw you walking out Shaftesbury Avenue

Excuse me talking I wanna marry you

This is the seventh heaven street

Don't you seem so proud

You're just another angel in the crowd

And I'm

Walking in the wild west end

Walking in the wild west end

Walking with your wild best friend

And now my conductress on the number nineteen

She was a honey

Pink toenails and hands all, dirty with the money

Greasy easy Greasy hair, easy smile

Made me feel nineteen for a while

And I went down to, Cha, Cha, uh, uh, Chinatown

In the backroom it's a man's world

All the money go down

Duck inside the doorway, duck to eat

Just ain't no way,

You and me, we can beat

Walking in the wild west end

Walking in the wild west end

Walking with your wild best friend

Now eh, a gogo, dancing girl, yes I saw her

The deejay, he say, here's Mandy for ya

I feel alright, saying now, Do that stuff

She's dancing high I move on by

The close ups can get rough

When you're

Walking in the wild west end

Walking in the wild west end

Walking with'cha wild best friend

Walking it, Walking it

Original Dire Straits CD's from Amazon

Dire Straits released some great CD's, and it's not only their Greatest Hits that are great songs. Why not start or add to your collection of music by Dire Straits today by buying their original albums.

Dire Straits Music Compilations

If you like Dire Straits, but aren't ready to buy their original CD's, these are their Greatest Hits collections, which you might like to add to your collection.

Dire Straits on DVD from Amazon

It's great listening to the original recordings, but even better being able to watch Dire Straits in concert. Whether you saw them years ago and want to relive the memories, or or if you didn't manage to see them live, this is a great way to live or re-live those great concerts.

Dire Straits Wild West End Videos

Dire Straits Items on eBay

You just never know what you might find on eBay. It might be CD's of Dire Straits going cheap, or it might be rare t-shirts or other promotional material, or hard to come by concert tickets.

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      Peggy Hazelwood 5 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      Dire Straits is a great band!

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      TransplantedSoul 6 years ago

      I love the guitar style of Dire Straits. It is an unmistakable sound.

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      Pat Moire 6 years ago from West Village, New York City

      The combination of that slide guitar and Mark's vocals makes Dire Straits one of the best bands of the first MTV generation.

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      nightbear lm 6 years ago

      completely new to me. But I am admittedly not a big music person. But this is really nice and well done.

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      Andy-Po 8 years ago

      Another excellent lyric lens

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      funwithtrains lm 9 years ago

      Another great lens, Poddys!

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      Paula Atwell 9 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      Very cool!

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      anonymous 9 years ago

      Poddys, nice work putting the info together. I'm a fan! I may try doing some lyrics lenses, good idea.

      Best wishes...always.

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      ElizabethJeanAl 9 years ago

      Great lens! You do a wonderful job with all your lenses.



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      Debbie 9 years ago from England

      Another interesting Lenses from Poddys.