"Expresso Love" as written by and Mark Knopfler....
She gets the sun in the daytime
Perfume in the dusk
And she comes out in the night time
With the honeysuckle musk
Because she smells just like a rose
And she tastes just like a peach
She got me walking where the wildlife goes
I'd do anything to reach her

And she was made in heaven
Heaven's in the world
Is this just expresso love
You know I'm crazy for the girl

She call me just to talk
She's my lover, she's a friend of mine
She says hey mister you wanna take a walk
In the wild west end sometime
And I get trouble with my breathing
She says boys don't know anything
But I know what I want
I want everything

Well I feel so good 'cause I feel so good
And I feel so good 'cause it feels so right
I was made to go with my girl
Like a saxophone was made to go with the night

And she can raise one eyebrow
Put her hand on my hip
And I close one eye now
Sweat on her tip
And I surrender to the fever
She love me so tender I got to believe her
Love? expresso love's alright

I don't want no sugar in it
Thank you very much
All wired up on it all fired up on it
Expresso touch
Hey maestro expresso
It's just another one just like the other one
Hey maestro expresso
Is this another one just like the other one


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"Expresso Love" as written by Mark Knopfler

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    My InterpretationIt seems to me knopfler reveals two great truths about relationships and the human experience.
    1. Feeling close to someone and having fun feels pretty damn good. Whether its a profound love or an infatuation with a good friend that is being reciprocated. She "calls him" and "loves him so tender" so for the most part she's into him. Thus they are close. So yea, we are social creatures and evolutionarily driven to sex so this kind of relationship is pretty much cocaine for the soul. Who cares if she's the one. This is what life is about. Chasing after the amazing feeling of closeness and exciting experiences with other human beings.
    2.No matter how much cocaine for the soul is the bomb diggity, we secretly always crave her to be that profound love we've tasted once before. But this time the chemistry will be there and it will last forever. That closeness, that understanding this beautiful person shares with you isn't fleeting like a caffeine buzz. Its forever.

    Fucking love Dire straits. Killer lyrics. Jammin insturmentals. Best band ever.
    robbykirbyon December 27, 2015   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits about him a girl who are very passionate about each other, and may seem like a flash in the pan romance, but is shaping out to be more. its not just an Expresso Love, a love that gives you a boost but doesn;t last, it could be more than that, but it all depends. either way, he doesn't care, he likes it.
    Rodan2000on October 16, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentamazing guitar solo in this gem of a song
    !
    floydian18on August 10, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI definitely like the phrase "espresso love." Here is how to understand the true meaning of the metaphor:

    1.) Get a job at a cafe.
    2.) Be scheduled for a morning shift.
    3.) Come in, open up, drink a double shot of espresso.
    4.) In a half an hour, drink another single shot (or a double if you are feeling brave.)
    5.) Repeat step four every half hour until you feel you truly grasp the concept of a proper espresso buzz.

    While much more temporary, it is distressingly similar to the feeling you get in the beginning of a relationship. The only downside is that straight espresso tastes like a tiny civilization having a chemical war on the back of your tongue. Oh well.
    bars.of.a.rhymeon January 25, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentKnopfler is totally biting Springsteen's style in this song, but that doesn't stop it from being a freaking amazing five minutes of music.
    jesslovesaprilon March 13, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentcompletely agree with Rodan.
    the alchemy version is amazing too
    nachozon January 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti initially thought it was a about harlot who he falls in love with, thus expresso love. However, i also agree with Rodan2000

    my favorite line; Heaven’s in the world
    arash_1on July 07, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe riff actually came from a song Knopfler wrote after his break up from girlfriend Holly Vincent. He was staying with his manager, Ed Bicknell, in Bicknell's flat in the Barbican, and he wrote a song, 'Suicide Towers': 'Sitting up here in Suicide Towers, Days and days, hours and hours. I'm getting out of here, I'm going out of the door, Ain't going out of no window.' He must have decided not to use that, but turned it into Expresso Love. He once heard someone say the words 'Hey, maestro' - he was passing a bus stop in America, and a kid got onto a bus and said "Hey, Maestro!" to the driver, and Knopfler thought it was a great phrase and decided to use it in a song.
    guttion January 02, 2009   Link

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