"Water Of Love" as written by and Mark Knopfler....
High and dry in the long hot day
Lost and lonely every way
Got the flats all around me sky up above
Yes I need a little water of love

I've been too and long lonely and my heart feels pain
Crying out for some soothing rain
I believe I have taken enough
Yes I need a little water of love

Water of love deep in the ground
But there ain't no water here to be found
Some day baby when the river runs free
It's gonna carry that water of love to me

There's a bird up in a tree sitting up high
Just waiting for me to die
If I don't get some water soon
I'll be dead and gone in the afternoon

Water of love deep in the ground
But there ain't no water here to be found
Some day baby when the river runs free
It's gonna carry that water of love to me

Once I had a woman I could call my own
Once I had a woman now my woman she gone
Once there was a river now there's a stone
You know it's evil then you're living alone

Water of love deep in the ground
But there ain't no water here to be found
Some day baby when the river runs free
It's gonna carry that water of love to me, carry that

Water of love deep in the ground
But there ain't no water here to be found
Some day baby when the river runs free
It's gonna carry that water of love to me


Lyrics submitted by Dasch

"Water of Love" as written by Mark Knopfler

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    General Commentits simple, love is water, and he''s dieing of a lack of it.
    Rodan2000on October 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentA great song starting the first album of what was to become a classic band.
    chrisb1on April 23, 2005   Link
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    General CommentSimplistic though they are, and relatively obvious in meaning, the lyrics convey the sadness and loneliness of being without love in a harsh world. I love the extended metaphor of drought to show the depth of the narrator's despair.
    pokingon March 03, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis is a great song from a great band... a little disappointed that this is only the fourth comment its got!
    assembly lineon December 18, 2007   Link
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    General CommentThis an absolutely Gem of a song. The reference to despair, loneliness are almost palpable. I too am disappointed that this song has only 5 comments. This song is very underrated.
    larryoduncanon February 11, 2009   Link
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    General CommentOne of my favorite songs. Like mentioned above, an absolute gem, seemingly hidden in plain sigh. I didn't discover this song till many years after I first became a fan of the Dire Straits.

    I highly recommend the live version that Mark performed in '96 on the Golden Heart tour in Vaison. This song just does a fantastic job at relaying that strange melancholy feeling of lonesome longing for company, the desire to fill a void that even time can't close up.
    procrasturbateon April 18, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAmazing song! Can't believe there aren't more comments. In my opinion, one of Dire Straits' top 5. The mechanics of the song are amazing: the grueling monotony of the drums, and the emotion in the guitar depict the exact feeling of a "love drought". Awesome! Dire Straits is the best!
    jAce87on June 21, 2010   Link
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    Song MeaningI think that the "speakers" woman has died.. At the end he says:
    "Once I had a woman I could call my own
    Once I had a woman now my woman is gone
    Once there was a river now there's a stone".

    The stone could be the tombstone which is the only thing replacing the river of love..
    joona10494on February 11, 2016   Link

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