Dire Straits


The opening track to Dire Straits self-titled 1978 debut is ‘Down to the Waterline’

Although originally from Scotland, this song is a love-tryst tale from lead singer/guitarist Mark Knopfler’s teenage years in the city of Newcastle-on-Tyne.

References to the ‘waterline’ include inferences to the Dog Leap Stairs, an ancient set of stone steps leading down from the Castle Keep to the Newcastle Quayside.


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