"Wild West End" as written by and Mark Knopfler....
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'm getting a pickup for my steel guitar
I saw you walking out Shaftesbury Avenue
Excuse me for talking I want to marry you
This is the seventh heaven street to me
Don't be so proud

You're just another angel in the crowd
And I'm walking in he wild west end
Walking with your wild best friend
And my conductress on the number nineteen
She was a honey

Pink toenails and hands all dirty with money
Greasy hair easy smile
Made me feel nineteen for a while
And I went down to Chinatown
In the backroom it's a man's world
All the money go down

Duck inside the doorway gotta duck to eat
Right now feels alright now
You and me we can't beat
And a gogo dancing girl yes I saw her
The deejay he say here's Mandy for ya
I feel alright to see her

But she's paid to 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.


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"Wild West End" as written by Mark Knopfler

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  • +2
    General CommentJust about the hustle and bustle of the hip West End of London and a man walking the streets and commenting on the people he meets. Perhaps it was Mark Knopfler's take on London when he and Dire Straits got their record deal? A lovely song though..
    Ghostlighton August 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOne of my favourites by them also. Notice the little Chinese musical clip on the keyboards after the Chinatown lyrics? Nice placement. :)

    Here are the correct lyrics.

    Stepping out to Angellucci’s for my coffee beans
    Checking out the movies and the magazines
    A waitress she watches me crossing from the Barocco bar
    I get a pickup for my steel guitar
    I saw you walking out now Shaftesbury Avenue
    Excuse me for 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

    Now my conductress on the number nineteen
    She was a honey(she was a honey)
    Pink toenails and hands all dirty with money
    Greasy greasy greasy hair easy smile
    She made me feel ah nineteen for a while
    I went down ch ch 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 a a gogo dancing girl yes I saw her
    The DJ he say here’s Mandy for ya
    I feel alright to see her
    I feel alright seein' her do that stuff
    She’s dancing high an' I move on by
    The close ups can get rough
    When you’re walking in the wild west end
    dcaton July 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentokay, here's the wrong approach to the song that came from my dad:

    Its about the wild west, due to the English's love of the American Wild West.

    No, its not. though the American Wild West is a highly liked topic in England, this song is not about that. its about an area of London, called the Wild West End, where you can go to pick up a girl. you can do the same thing as the carnival later discribed in Tunnel of Love, and the place Wild West End is also mentioned in the song Expresso Love.
    Rodan2000on October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHmmn . . I always thought the line was "She made me feel like a lion-tamer, awfully wild" instead of she made me feel like 19 for awhile . . .like he was talking sarcastically like he was saying "down girl" when in actuality it sounds like he was saying she was pretty . . anyway . .it is one of my favorite story songs . . .
    zekenzoeyon March 01, 2012   Link
  • -1
    General Commentthis is my favorite dire straits and im pretty shure rodan is right
    applezon February 21, 2006   Link

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