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I think this is intentional - "King's Row" is an old movie (starring Ronald Reagan) that depicted the lives of several youths growing up in an idyllic town.

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I'm texting this in, so I won't go into the details. The pub is either the Mitre in Greenwich , or the Prince of Orange in Rotherhithe The story goes that close to where they lived in Farrer House on the Crossfield council estate. A nice slice of English weekend party life told by an expert storyteller; so much imagery in the lyrics as well as the music-his Dylanesque vocal makes it even more fantastic. Dennis G., USA.i think it is a positive song-he sings "you feel alright when you hear that music ring".

I think he sympathizes with the "band" more than the audience, the latter of whom he makes disparaging remarks.

On February 23rd 1979, Dire Straits embarked on their first North American tour* with a concert in Boston, Massachusetts... Between 19 the group had seven Top 100 records; three made the Top 10, their other two Top 10 records were "Money for Nothing" at #1 for 3 weeks on September 15th, 1985 and "Walk of Life" at #7 for 1 week on January 19th, 1986...* The tour comprised of fifty-one sold out concerts in a thirty eight day period."It's Trad, Dad," a British pop film (featuring Helen Shapiro) from the early 60's that I saw on TCM recently, immediately reminded me of "Sultans" with its mix of pop and trad jazz performances.

Was Mark Knopfler writing about the remnants of a declining scene? Before they hit the big time , they shared a council flat in Deptford , which is about a mile from Greenwich park . John is Bang on the money with this-although MK has never publicly said what pub the band were supposedly playing in another pub is the Gloucester Arms by the gates at Greenwich park that had live Jazz bands on a Friday night - Glen Tilbrook of Squeeze was often to be found in there listening to the local amateur talent.i don't think he is dissing the band at all-he is sympathetic to them and probably was in a similar band situation once-every musician was.

It's very definitely "way on down south, London town" - and the park "It's raining in" would be Brockwell Park just next door. Before they hit the big time , they shared a council flat in Deptford , which is about a mile from Greenwich park .

A lot of the Knopflers' songs have strong south London overtones, including "SIngle Handed Sailor" which refers to the Cutty Sark clipper in Greenwich, and the Gypsy Moth which used to be moored next to it. The pub is either the Mitre in Greenwich , or the Prince of Orange in Rotherhithe The story goes that close to where they lived in Farrer House on the Crossfield council estate ."Love over gold" was scrawled on a wall. I forgot to mention, I recently heard a version of this song where instead of "platform soles" Knopfler says "best King's Road".

Of further interest is that when Knopfler says "Kings Ro.." he strums the gutar loud at that exact point where the 'O' leaves off, and you can't really tell for sure if he's saying "Row" or "Road".

He is not given to exaggeration or hyperbole, so I have no reason to disbelieve him. They mention "too much competition" and there are more popular pubs in the immediate area, such as the Admiral Hardy, the Spanish Galleon and the Coach and Horses.

The Gypsy Moth holds its own amongst those nowaways, but was not the most popular in the late 70s. charted record, "Sultans of Swing", was at #29 on Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; a little over five weeks later on April 1st it would peak at #4 and it stayed on the chart for 15 weeks...

It's funny listening to so many people wax poetic about both Sultans of Swing and Knopfler.

There's no doubt he's a fine player but he's also a magpie or to put it more politely, he was only VERY HEAVILY influenced by a Van Morrison song when choosing his guitar playing style for SOS.

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