"Where Do You Think You're Going?" as written by and Mark Knopfler....
Where do you think you're going?
Don't you know it's dark outside?
Where do you think you're going?
Don't you care about my pride?
Where do you think you're going?
I think that you don't know
You got no way of knowing
There's really no place you can go

I understand your changes
Long before you reach the door
I know where you think you're going you
I know what you came here for
And now I'm sick of joking
You know I like you to be free
Where do you think you're going?
I think you better go with me girl

You say there is no reason
But you still find cause to doubt me
If you ain't with me girl
You're gonna be without me

Where do you think you're going?
Don't you know it's dark outside?
Where do you think you're going?
Don't you care about my pride?
And now I'm sick of joking
You know I like you to be free
So where do you think you're going?
I think you better go with me girl



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"Where Do You Think You're Going" as written by Mark Knopfler

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    General CommentThe sense of menace in this song is truly terrifying. Sadly, I think all too many women would recognise the man whose fear about his pride combined with brutality make him think he can totally control his woman. He thinks that without him, she'll be nothing, and he tries to make her believe that herself.
    jimqukon October 12, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentFor whatever reason, I've thought about this song lately

    I've never had a relationship end up like that but even after all these years this song sends chills up my spine.

    I'm not perfect and can be a bit of a male chauvinist at times. But I think if the guy in the story had been a little more sensitive and was not thinking so much about his pride all along she'd not be headed to the door...
    tmanon December 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAbout a wife/girlfriend leaving him or saving her from future danger.
    Monkeywrench74on May 12, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentA typo made joking—jocking. “And now I’m sick of joking—you know I like you to be free.”
    In a corny play that angels asked me to do with them, my angel played the dude in this song. This part was a musical proceeded by “Slender Frame”. Cute. “Pack up your things and go. Run down the road, he’ll never know. Pack up your things today and run away.” Followed by the gruff “Where do you think you’re going? Don’t you know it’s dark outside…” The creativity was impressive since this portion of the musical was confined to what my brother had brought with him in music for a weekend up north. The angels put all these songs together—with my help of course—but I wasn’t really familiar with too many of them and then I listened to the compilation and said, oh! You told a story. Very cool. The remainder was “Round and Round”—Frozen Ghost, “Reflex”—Duran Duran, “Part of Your Life”—The Outfield, a fragment of “Rolling Thunder”—A-Ha, “There’s No Point”—The Outfield, “Waiting For Her” and “Crying in the Rain”—A-Ha, “In the Hands of Love”—Dream Academy, “Dum Dum Girl”—Talk Talk, “Romeo and Juliet”—Dire Straits, “Hungry Like the Wolf”—Duran Duran and “Life’s What You Make It”—Talk Talk . Sorry that was so boring …
    sillybunnyon August 13, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is a man who's wife is headed for the door....but they both know that she is too much under his thumb to even put her hand on the doorknob.
    ledgendaryxpersonon December 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf the guy in the song had not killed the relationship with being a self-centered control freak, maybe she wouldn't be leaving...Good lyrics
    girl next dooron December 31, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI like these acoustic songs of DS better then their more prominent hits like Money For Nothing.
    kettyoon April 22, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt is a song about an emotionally abusive and manipulative man in a controlling relationship.
    thecrossboneon January 14, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment@ The crossbone, I disagree.

    A troubled relationship yes, but in the last verse be makes it known that he wishes he diddnt care about his pride, which is quite different then hoping she had cared about yours.

    In the end it seems like shes going to walk, most likely because of something he has said or decreed (which may or may not be unreasonable or abusive) and he is chocking on thoes last bittersweet secconds where theres time left to renege. In fact that whole song is about being trapped in that molment where you watch her walk because you just stand there wrestling with your own pride.
    elwoood13on February 06, 2013   Link
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    My InterpretationI don't think it's an abusive relationship, necessarily. It's natural, when a relationship is going sour to wonder if you will find something better if you leave. Now the person being left is saying you're taking a risk. I think you should stay with me. A quote that comes to mind here is “Better the devil you know than the devil you don't.” ― Jack Heath, The Lab
    tobiasgigon April 30, 2014   Link

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