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What It Is
Mark Knopfler Lyrics


The drinking dens are spilling out
There's staggering in the square
There's lads and lasses falling about
And a crackling in the air
Down around the dungeon doors
The shelters and the queues
Everybody's looking for
Somebody's arms to fall into
And it's what it is
It's what it is now

There's frost on the graves and the monuments
But the taverns are warm in town
People curse the government
And shovel hot food down
The lights are out in city hall
The castle and the keep
The moon shines down upon it all
The legless and asleep

And it's cold on the tollgate
With the wagons creeping through
Cold on the tollgate
God knows what I could do with you
And it's what it is
It's what it is now

The garrison sleeps in the citadel
With the ghosts and the ancient stones
High up on the parapet
A Scottish piper stands alone
And high on the wind
The highland drums begin to roll
And something from the past just comes
And stares into my soul

And it's cold on the tollgate
With the Caledonian blues
Cold on the tollgate
God knows what I could do with you
And it's what it is
It's what it is now
What it is
It's what it is now

There's a chink of light, there's a burning wick
There's a lantern in the tower
Wee willie winkie with a candlestick
Still writing songs in the wee wee hours
On Charlotte Street
I take A walking stick from my hotel
The ghost of Dirty Dick
Is still in search of little nell
And it's what it is
It's what it is now
Oh, it's what it is
What it is now

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Written by: MARK KNOPFLER

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Gabe Harroche

The drinking dens are spilling out
There's staggering in the square
There's lads and lasses falling about
And a crackling in the air
Down around the dungeon doors
The shelters and the queues
Everybody's looking for
Somebody's arms to fall into
And it's what it is
It's what it is now

There's frost on the graves and the monuments
But the taverns are warm in town
People curse the government
And shovel hot food down
The lights are out in city hall
The Castle and the keep
The moon shines down upon it all
The legless and asleep

And it's cold on the tollgate
With the wagons creeping through
Cold on the tollgate
God knows what I could do with you
And it's what it is
It's what it is now

The garrison sleeps in the citadel
With the ghosts and the ancient stones
High on the parapet
A Scottish piper stands alone
And high on the wind
The highland drums begin to roll
And something from the past just comes
And stares into my soul

And it's cold on the tollgate
With the Caledonian Blues
Cold on the tollgate
God knows what I could do with you
And it's what it is
It's what it is now
What it is
It's what it is now

There's a chink of light, there's a burning wick
There's a lantern in the tower
Wee willie winkie with a candlestick
Still writing songs in the wee wee hours
On Charlotte Street
I take a walking stick from my hotel
The ghost of Dirty Dick
Is still in search of Little Nell
And it's what it is
It's what it is now
Oh, it's what it is
What it is now



Romeo Whiskey

I keep finding this video and then it’s taken down .
I’ve loved it since I saw it years ago .

I’ve been in tight situations where I had to grab my bail-out bag and beat feet ... no other choice .
Cut off , alone in a strange city , and trying to make pick-up .
Get to some friendlies somehow .
Time running out ...

And yes , I have run across a beautiful stranger , who’s eyes followed me the rest of the night ... haunting my mind .

This song has always left me with a cold , desperate feeling of being alone , and a little sad .
Like a ghost drifting through other people’s neighborhoods and lives ... seen for a moment , and then fading back into the dark ...
Dodging the cops and the local toughs ... just trying to get off the streets to somewhere safe .

This video and song nailed it .



Hridoye Bangladesh, from Bangladesh

এটা কি?
Lyrics:
The drinking dens are spilling out
There's staggering in the square
There's lads and lasses falling about
And a crackling in the air
Down around the dungeon doors
The shelters and the queues
Everybody's looking for
Somebody's arms to fall into
And it's what it is
It's what it is now

ড্রিংকিং ডেন্স ছিটকে পড়ছে
চত্বরে স্তম্ভিত আছে
সেখানে ছেলে এবং মেয়েরা পড়ে আছে
আর বাতাসে একটা চিৎকার
অন্ধকূপ দরজা চারপাশে নিচে
আশ্রয়কেন্দ্র এবং সারি
সবাই খুঁজছে
কারো বাহুতে পড়া
এবং এটা কি এটা
এটা এখন কি

There's frost on the graves and the monuments
But the taverns are warm in town
People curse the government
And shovel hot food down
The lights are out in city hall
The castle and the keep
The moon shines down upon it all
The legless and asleep

কবর এবং স্মৃতিস্তম্ভগুলিতে তুষারপাত রয়েছে
তবে সরাইখানাগুলো শহরে উষ্ণ
মানুষ সরকারকে অভিশাপ দেয়
এবং বেলচা গরম খাবার নিচে
সিটি হলের আলো নিভে গেছে
দুর্গ এবং রাখা
সমস্ত কিছুর উপরে চাঁদ জ্বলছে
পাহীন ও ঘুমন্ত

And it's cold on the tollgate
With the wagons creeping through
Cold on the tollgate
God knows what I could do with you
And it's what it is
It's what it is now

আর টোলগেটে ঠান্ডা
সঙ্গে wagons মাধ্যমে লতানো
টোলগেটে ঠান্ডা
ঈশ্বর জানেন আমি আপনার সাথে কি করতে পারি
এবং এটা কি এটা
এটা এখন কি

The garrison sleeps in the citadel
With the ghosts and the ancient stones
High up on the parapet
A Scottish piper stands alone
And high on the wind
The highland drums begin to roll
And something from the past just comes
And stares into my soul

গ্যারিসন দুর্গে ঘুমায়
ভূত আর প্রাচীন পাথর নিয়ে
প্যারাপেটের উপরে উঁচু
একজন স্কটিশ পাইপার একা দাঁড়িয়ে আছে
এবং বাতাসের উপর উচ্চ
উচ্চভূমির ঢোল বাজতে থাকে
এবং অতীত থেকে কিছু আসে
এবং আমার আত্মার দিকে তাকায়

And it's cold on the tollgate
With the Caledonian blues
Cold on the tollgate
God knows what I could do with you
And it's what it is
It's what it is now
What it is
It's what it is now

আর টোলগেটে ঠান্ডা
ক্যালেডোনিয়ান ব্লুজের সাথে
টোলগেটে ঠান্ডা
ঈশ্বর জানেন আমি আপনার সাথে কি করতে পারি
এবং এটা কি এটা
এটা এখন কি
এটা কি
এটা এখন কি

There's a chink of light, there's a burning wick
There's a lantern in the tower
Wee willie winkie with a candlestick
Still writing songs in the wee wee hours
On Charlotte Street
I take A walking stick from my hotel
The ghost of Dirty Dick
Is still in search of little nell
And it's what it is
It's what it is now
Oh, it's what it is
What it is now

আলোর ঝিলিক আছে, জ্বলন্ত বেতি আছে
টাওয়ারে একটা লণ্ঠন আছে
উইলি উইঙ্কি একটি ক্যান্ডেলস্টিক সহ
এখনো পুঁচকে গান লিখি
শার্লট স্ট্রিটে
আমি আমার হোটেল থেকে একটি হাঁটা লাঠি নিতে
ডার্টি ডিকের ভূত
এখনো আছে ছোট্ট নেলের খোঁজে
এবং এটা কি এটা
এটা এখন কি
ওহ, এটা কি
এটা এখন কি



All comments from YouTube:

Daniel Wolf

I walked into a grocery store one midnight, heard this song over the speakers for the first time. Before I heard his voice, I recognized the guitar and knew it was Mark Knopfler - no one else plays like him! - and also knew I had to get it for my iPod. Now, more than a decade later, it remains one of my favorite songs, and it amazes me every time I hear it still.

ralph shelley

It's a ten!

Ken Merriman

You're absolutely right... I grew up loving Dire Straits because my dad was a fan, and I remember when Knopfler released this album back in the early 2000's, but even if I'd never heard it prior to today, I could still absolutely identify it as a Mark Knopfler song just by the sound of the guitar... his guitar style is very distinct and he's an incredible guitarist.

Bo Burwell

So funny where his music echoes

benamar Abdelhadi

Same case, he s damn good, outstanding!!!

Daniel Wolf

@Malachi Sowards I have that and a couple others - all of them have What It Is.🔈 🔉 🔊

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NY MA KS CO

“Everyone is looking for someone’s arms to fall into.” Mark Knofler

Yasmeen Catoline

It’s somebody’s arms to fall into;-)

J D

That's what it is

Kevin M

Greatest line ever.

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