Leaping Ahead project 2016 #54: 160223
[A twenty-tens song (2)]
Released in November 2013 as the second single from the band’s second album, ‘Heaven Knows’ topped both the UK Rock and US Mainstream rock charts. I like it because it’s everything a well-crafted song should be – good riff, catchy tune, rising chorus, quirkiness and oomph! Gets me every time.
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.