Walk of Life
Dire Straits Lyrics


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Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies
"Be-Bop-A-Lula," "Baby What I Say"
Here comes Johnny singing, "I Gotta Woman"
Down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay

He got the action, he got the motion
Oh yeah, the boy can play
Dedication, devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

He do the song about the sweet lovin' woman
He do the song about the knife
He do the walk, do the walk of life
Yeah, he do the walk of life

Woohoo

Here comes Johnny, gonna tell you the story
Hand me down my walkin' shoes
Here comes Johnny with the power and the glory
Backbeat the talkin' blues

He got the action, he got the motion
Yeah, the boy can play
Dedication, devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

The song about the sweet lovin' woman
He do the song about the knife
Then he do the walk, do the walk of life
Yeah, he do the walk of life

Woohoo-hoo

Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies
"Be-Bop-A-Lula," "Baby What I Say"
Here comes Johnny singing, "I Gotta Woman"
Down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay

He got the action, he got the motion
Oh yeah, the boy can play
Dedication, devotion
Turning all the night time into the day

And after all the violence and double talk
There's just a song in all the trouble and the strife
You do the walk, yeah, you do the walk of life
Hmm, they do the walk of life

Woohoo

Woohoo-hoo

Woohoo-hoo

Woohoo

Woohoo-hoo





(Yeah, you do the walk of life)

Overall Meaning

The song "Walk of Life" by Dire Straits is an upbeat track with an infectious melody and bouncy rhythm. The song puts a spotlight on a fictional character named Johnny who is a working-class musician trying to make a living playing in the underground bars and clubs. Johnny is determined and dedicated to his craft, evidenced by the fact that he always has a song to sing, whether it's a love song or a ballad about life's struggles. He uses music as his way of dealing with the world around him and finds a way to make all the night-time turn into day.


The chorus of "Walk of Life" is particularly catchy, with its repetitive exclamation of "Woohoo." The song appears to celebrate music as a means of overcoming life's hardships, with the lyrics "And after all the violence and double talk, there's just a song in all the trouble and the strife" suggesting that music is a powerful tool for coping with and overcoming adversity.


Overall, "Walk of Life" is an upbeat and optimistic song, capturing the spirit of a hard-working musician who uses his talents to create joy and happiness for others. Its timeless melody and message have ensured that it remains a beloved classic to this day.


Line by Line Meaning

Here comes Johnny singing oldies, goldies
Johnny is coming and he is singing old and popular songs.


"Be-Bop-A-Lula," "Baby What I Say"
Johnny is singing popular oldies songs, including "Be-Bop-A-Lula" and "Baby What I Say."


Here comes Johnny singing, "I Gotta Woman"
Johnny is singing a song called "I Gotta Woman".


Down in the tunnels, trying to make it pay
Johnny is performing in an underground venue, trying to make a living as a musician.


He got the action, he got the motion
Johnny has the skills and talent needed to succeed as a musician.


Oh yeah, the boy can play
Johnny is a skilled and accomplished musician.


Dedication, devotion
Johnny is committed and passionate about his music.


Turning all the night time into the day
Johnny's music is so lively and upbeat that it makes the nighttime feel like daytime.


He do the song about the sweet lovin' woman
Johnny sings a song about a woman he loves.


He do the song about the knife
Johnny also sings a song about a dangerous knife.


He do the walk, do the walk of life
Johnny performs a lively dance called the "Walk of Life".


Here comes Johnny, gonna tell you the story
Johnny is going to share his life story with his audience.


Hand me down my walkin' shoes
Johnny needs his comfortable shoes so he can dance and perform all night long.


Here comes Johnny with the power and the glory
Johnny is a powerful and talented performer who commands attention from his audience.


Backbeat the talkin' blues
The backbeat of Johnny's music makes it different from the typical sad and depressing blues music.


And after all the violence and double talk
Despite all the negativity in the world, music can be a source of positivity and happiness.


There's just a song in all the trouble and the strife
Music can be a powerful force to bring people together and help them forget their troubles.


You do the walk, yeah, you do the walk of life
The "Walk of Life" is an energetic and fun dance that anyone can do.


Hmm, they do the walk of life
Everyone can participate in the "Walk of Life" and enjoy the fun and energy of the dance.


Woohoo
This line represents the joy and excitement of the music and dance.


Woohoo-hoo
This line also represents the joy and excitement of the music and dance.


Woohoo-hoo
This line continues to represent the joy and excitement of the music and dance.


Woohoo
This line concludes the song with one final burst of joy and excitement.


(Yeah, you do the walk of life)
This line is a repetition of an earlier line, emphasizing that everyone can enjoy the energetic and fun dance known as the "Walk of Life".




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group
Written by: MARK KNOPFLER

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@howardbardsley1705

Back in 1988 My daughter was burned in a house fire. She was flown to Shriners hospital in Boston for treatment. While driving to the Hospital, I played this song over and over again while fighting back tears. To this day I can't listen to this song without tearing up. My daughter now has a Doctorate in Physical therapy and just received her Masters in Hospital Management !

@SiliconBong

You're a good sort mate. Love from Oceania.

@dHempfler

Wow. Horrible. Good you're okay now! Best wishes to You and your Daughter! And congratulations for her!

@H.jafry23

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@robertbettis6552

awesome story

@bderrick4944

That’s great to hear!

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@FrenchFriesWasEaten

this song was too perfect for the finale...

RIP George Cooper Sr. 🕊️

@patropas5365

Fr🤧

@jackgriebel4238

It began and ended with this song 🤧

@Cubby9196

It also was in the first episode

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