"Your Latest Trick" as written by and Mark Knopfler....
All the late night bargains have been struck
Between the satin beaus and their belles
Prehistoric garbage trucks
Have the city to themselves

Echoes roars dinosaurs
They're all doing the monster mash
And most of the taxis, most of the whores
Are only taking calls for cash

I don't know how it happened
It all took place so quick
But all I can do is hand it to you
And your latest trick

Well now my door was standing open
Security were laid back and lax
But it was only my heart that got broken
You must have had a pass key made out of wax

You played robbery with insolence
And I played the blues in twelve bars down Lover's Lane
And you never did have the intelligence to use
The twelve keys hanging off from my chain

I don't know how it happened
It all took place so quick
But all I can do is hand it to you
And your latest trick

Now it's past last call for alcohol
Past recall has been here and gone
The landlord he finally paid us all
The satin jazzmen have put away their horns

And we're standing outside of this wonderland
Looking so bereaved and so bereft
Like a bowery bum when he finally understands
The bottle's empty and there's nothing left

I don't know how it happened
It was faster than the eye could flick
But all I can do is hand it to you
And your latest trick

Lyrics submitted by kevin, edited by BacHolz, euand, avner, freedom2012, skyreader

"Your Latest Trick [DVD]" as written by Mark Knopfler

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  • +3
    General CommentYes, this song is about prostitution as most Dire Straits songs are. Wild West is not about the US but about the West End London where prostitution used to flourish. Sad, depressing songs but amazingly real and hardcore blues with some excellent guitar work and in this song awesome trumpet and sax solos.
    kevhenon March 03, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentHe got his wallet stolen by a hooker.
    Caledonon November 26, 2008   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI think it's about the sometimes blurry lines between prostution and relationships which when broken can end up feeling emtpy and transactional than originally felt in the honeymoon period. Perhaps the protagonist was robbed by a prostitute, but I think the keys represent the keys to the heart, and she apparently made a copy although really it looks like he left the door wide open. the twelve keys represent musical notes in my opinion represent the full harmonic potential of genuine romance
    barrymacon January 20, 2015   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhen I was young (about 14), I thought this song is a conversation with God, telling him how bad and filthy this world became, all due to his "latest trick".

    But again, I was young - and naive then :-)
    AgentOrenon March 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOn an interesting note, I understood the "satin jazzman" as being the same "satin beaus" who earlier in the song were striking late night bargains with "their belles". I believe it is in fact the belles who have stopped blowing cabdrivinhog's angels' horns. Or perhaps God conceived them without ribs.
    Troglodykeon May 03, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General Commenthe learns from the situation and therefore hands it to the person , almost thanking them for making them stronger in a way.
    sososokkkon June 25, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCan anyone tell me if I'm right? This song is about nightime in a big city. I love the line, "prehistoric garbage trucks Have the city to themselves" But is this song about prostitution?
    LAbabeon June 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti doubt it...it seems more to me about getting ditched by ur woman but being too impressed by how easily she did it to feel bad about it...but i could be wrong...
    ZinbobDanon March 17, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIf I can add my input without rambling I believe his reference to "lastest trick" could be jealousy he has directed to a prostitute he has fallen for and her next john. Classic story. Also the night life may represent the emptiness he feels he sees her with her "tricks". That's just my 2 cents.
    sleestack4evron December 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is one of the most powerful and spiritual song ever I imo. If you've ever been in a Dire Straits concert you probably know the feeling you get when they play this song. The sax' gives me the shivers everytime I hear this song.
    CJeron May 23, 2005   Link

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