"Walk Of Life" as written by and Mark Knopfler....
Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies
Be-Bop-A-Lula, Baby What I Say
Here comes Johnny singing I Gotta Woman
Down in the tunnels trying to make it pay
He got the action, he got the motion
Yeah the boy can play
Dedication devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

He do the song about the sweet loving woman
He do the song about the knife
He do the walk, he do the walk of life

Here comes Johnny and he'll tell you the story
Hand me down my walking shoes
Here comes Johnny with the power and glory
Backbeat the talkin' blues
He got the action, he got the motion
Yeah the boy can play
Dedication devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

He do the song about the sweet loving woman
He do the song about the knife
He do the walk, he do the walk of life

Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies
Be-Bop-A-Lula Baby What I Say
Here comes Johnny singing I Gotta Woman
Down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay
He got the action, he got the motion
Yeah the boy can play
Dedication devotion
Turning the night time into day
And after all the violence and double talk
There's just a song in all the trouble and the strife
You do the walk, you do the walk of life


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"Walk of Life" as written by Mark Knopfler

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    General CommentThis is a happy song, exuberantly done, and fun to listen to and to sing along with. To me, it's about a young musician, down in the subway tunnels, playing for change, just having a good time while he plays, and trying to pass some of that fun on to his listeners.
    storysongmanon December 26, 2004   Link
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    General CommentAww no one has said anything about this song? Despite the heavy 80's feel this song has, it's really good. The lyrics seem to mean something but I can't figure it out.
    Muzzyon June 23, 2003   Link
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    General Commenthey i cant beleive only two ppl have commented on this piece its great !!!! so cheerful really pouts you in a good mood!
    pegzon October 13, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentit soudns like its just about a guy who has his first girl.
    Rodan2000on October 16, 2004   Link
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    General CommentFirst part of the song is about a guy on top of the world despite his somewhat pitiful surroundings. The second part emphasizes this more, and leads into the third part, in which the character falls from happiness. But at least he remembers the good times and that is the walk of life. I like the cajunish sound to it. Reminds me of my old Louisiana home.
    Ander Knighton December 05, 2004   Link
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    General CommentIt's a bit sad, actually, from a musician's viewpoint. The kicker here is the last stanza, where after the listener enjoyed a great performance that took him away for a moment, he walk's back into real life. It was just a song; nothing has changed.
    Pete R.on January 02, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI can't help wondering if this song is in some sense a homage to Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" - describing the same Johnny, a few years later on and still on his way to stardom.

    (Just an idea ... I might be completely wrong about this.)
    MCDon January 16, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthis makes a lot more sense when the songs mentioned in the lyrics are put on quotes...johnny isn't singing that he's got a woman; he's singing "I Gotta Woman" ...other songs he sings are "Be-Bop-A-LuLa" and "Baby, What'd I Say"

    ...now, i can't remember which of the three it was, but i was wondering if johnny was possibly john lennon, as two of those songs were covered by the beatles in their early years...could not find out about the third, whichever it was
    ZinbobDanon February 08, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI have never tried to make sense of this song but it never has failed to cheer me up when chips are down. There is something that just makes you feel good and somehow it just doesn't seem to matter to me what he meant with this song. Saw Mark Knopfler live here in Mumbai,India couple of weeks back and I am still floating from the experience of seeing the "god" in concert. and walk of life incidently was the second song in the concert.
    Atmaon March 18, 2005   Link
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    General CommentLennon actually covered Be Bop a Lula on his Rock & Roll album. Could be about him or Chuck B.
    This song is played on TV at a lot of sporting events (especially American) , and the lyrics
    \"that boy can play\"
    being taken to refer to playing sport.
    chrisb1on April 23, 2005   Link

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