Your six blade knife can do anything for you
Anything you want it to
One blade for breaking my heart
One blade for tearing me apart
Your six blade knife-do anything for you
You can take away my mind like you take away the top of a tin
When you come up from behind and lay it down cold on my skin
Took a stone from my soul when I was lame
Just so you could make me tame

You take away my mind like you take away the top of a tin
I'd like to be free of it now, I don't want it no more
I'd like to be free of it now, you know I don't want it no more
Everybody got a knife it can be just what they want it to be
A needle a wife or something that you just can't see
You know it keeps you strong
Yes and it'll do me wrong
Your six blade knife, do anything for you.

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"Six Blade Knife" as written by Mark Knopfler

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  • +1
    General CommentI think this is about how anything can be a crutch and can become a burden, explicitly a six string guitar. Some of these references are about the magic of the guitar's ability to elicit emotion. I know personally that playing can carry me away, much like a drug. The connection to his guitar is double edged, it brought him wealth and fame, women, and also becomes a burden and escape from reality.
    gergleon September 22, 2007   Link
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    Song MeaningThe six blade knife is his guitar. It tears him apart, opens his mind like a can, keeps him in "dire straits," but he'd still do anything for it. Any struggling musician can surely relate.
    marshjuiceon July 11, 2013   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe demon of alcohol. Mark gave into that demon and was a heavy drinker in the early days.
    cooter9879on May 04, 2016   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSix Blade Knife is metaphor for the tools of manipulation a woman used on him.....I think... Dandy bass though. Pot smokin' music for sure!
    dcaton December 12, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYup, I agree
    davidsmiton April 11, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoh yea this is definately a hell of a classic by the legendary mark knopfler!
    rock on people!!!
    floydian18on July 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentHowever when he wrote this song, the band's name "Dire Straits" reflected their real-life financial situation.
    chrisb1on March 20, 2010   Link
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    General Commentbest bass ever.
    jAce87on June 21, 2010   Link

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