Knopfler, Mark - River Towns Lyrics




I came in three days early
To meet my boat
It ain’t the life of Riley
But it’s keeping me afloat
It’s quiet over Christmas
If you got no place to go
I got my home from river rats
The only home I know

I found myself a flophouse
And I hit the streets at nine
Get some grub and drink a beer
Maybe go down the line
These chips will take your money
Shake a young man down
It’s the same in every one of these
Sorry river towns

River towns, sorry river towns
River towns
River towns, sorry river towns
River towns

Well I picked me up a bottle
To take back to the room
Then I saw a young girl standing
In a doorway in the gloom
We’d hardly started talking
The old scenario
And I just let her work me over
Down by the Ohio

River towns, sorry river towns
River towns
River towns, sorry river towns
River towns

When I asked her if she’d like to stay
She was down my stairs so quick
I never asked what got her started
With the sorry river tricks
So I get the bottle open
But something’s hit a nerve
And I’m looking in the mirror
At the face that I deserve

River towns, sorry river towns
River towns
River towns, sorry river towns
River towns





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  1. Neil Brown

    Let's do a list Name A Mark Knopfler favourate song

  2. Neil Brown

    Relax to this song and enjoy. The words are so true it's quiet over Christmas with no place to go walking around lost and feeling lonely not people like Christmas walk down by the river mersey and play this song makes you cry

  3. Kanjoet Lontong

    i love....

  4. Dave DFW

    shame he's not played on the radio anymore

  5. 1952FMS

    Memphis here, if that's not a sorry rivertown my life has been a mirage. Love her still. Thx Mark, ur a true inspiration!

  6. Nick Zivanovich

    Such a crafty and brilliant lyricist and musician. Truly lucky to have seen him live last month. Thank you for the years of beautiful music, Mark. Here's to many more!

  7. Joel Jonsson

    He, s The best. Gods voice. I love you

  8. Samir El Blidi

    Topissime !!!!

  9. Tommy Kempf

    It’s odd how Knopfler is not mainstream today. His music is just so well composed. Anyone who doesn’t like at least a handful of his songs is a piece of shit.

  10. Umanfly

    - River Towns -

    I came in three days early
    To meet my boat
    It ain't the life of Riley
    But it's keeping me afloat

    It's quiet over Christmas
    If you got no place to go
    I got my home from river rats
    The only home I know

    I found myself a flophouse
    And I hit the streets at nine
    Get some grub and drink a beer
    Maybe go down the line

    These chips will take your money
    Shake a young man down
    It's the same in every one of these
    Sorry river towns


    River towns, sorry river towns
    River towns
    River towns, sorry river towns
    River towns


    Well I picked me up a bottle
    To take back to the room
    Then I saw a young girl standing
    In a doorway in the gloom

    We'd hardly started talking
    The old scenario
    And I just let her work me over
    Down by the Ohio

    River towns, sorry river towns
    River towns
    River towns, sorry river towns
    River towns


    ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

    When I asked her if she'd like to stay
    She was down my stairs so quick
    I never asked what got her started
    With the sorry river tricks

    So I get the bottle open
    But something's hit a nerve
    And I'm looking in the mirror
    At the face that I deserve

    River towns, sorry river towns
    River towns
    River towns, sorry river towns
    River towns

    Source: LyricFind

  11. WichitaRick

    This tune is all wet, pure beauty.
    River Make Me Quiver.....
    "Trickles forming into cascades downward making outpourings & overflows waterfalls forced through the fissures
    Gravity needs spaces we watch as it heightens then widens,making it's way through the continent quickly becoming most prominent
    Admire her beauty but reap her rewards,wet bounty to feed the fields, food for fishes ,generations receive her treasures.........................." Rick

  12. DK NJ

    Nobody is puts out better music than Mark.

  13. Zsuzsa Galambos

    Beautiful !!!!!!

  14. Frederick William

    White rock music is the best . I m french and i love the american rock so much . Wonderfull

  15. barry clarke

    Relaxing to this with a drink in hand does the trick and a break from these chaotic times of madness !

  16. 1952FMS

    Osmosis

  17. fedor

    Don't hassle the knopf ✊

  18. Gary gari

    This song is fucking amazing

  19. Ntimitree

    Breece D'J Pancake

  20. Marty Howe

    Best line: I'm looking in the mirror at the face I deserve.

  21. Mislav Kovčalija

    Name me more talented musician other than Mark... I'll wait

  22. IVAN VOLPENTESTA

    😢❤

  23. Chantal Roumier

    Thanks Pedro for sharing this superb song ! Wonderful Mark !

  24. M King

    Awesome. Knopfler is one of the few musicians that have demarked my life

  25. fedor

    The man can do no wrong .

  26. Corey N.

    Based on a short story by DJ Pancake, if anyone's interested.

    Barbara Copercini

    While i am listening this song i am reading "The Stories of Breece D'J Pancake" .... :-)

    bhargavgoswami

    Thanks for the information, important for understanding the actual meaning of the song. But I always fancy some story for every knopfler song which I don't understand

  27. Marcio dos Santos Manganelli

    MARK KNOPFLER É COMO UM MAESTRO REGENDO A TRILHA SONORA DA MINHA VIDA!

    Chantal Roumier

    Sim... Bom dia de França !

  28. Barbara Hammond

    Put the headphones on, lie on the bed on a sunny afternoon and just unwind to this beautiful track.

  29. john neil

    I love this song and album. So calming and old country America.

  30. Fabrizio Pomponio

    Sulla pelle dei fiori si muove piano la propria ragione di bellezza, raccontano il magnifico mondo d'amore. F.P

  31. melbright100

    I love this song...I drew a scene to this song...inspired by this song

  32. Mark Schafer

    Grew up in a River town..Winding Mohawk through Leatherstocking Country,Oneidas...Adurondaks..
    It should be know Wonder,I arrive to settle on the Winding Willapa, winding through Her Mountains and Vale...Chinook Trail.

  33. 1MatthewFL

    I can relate, I grew up in StL, but I also lived in low lying river towns, scenic river ways in Mark Twain Ntl forest. I’ll take the river towns anyday

  34. michel muller

    magnifique chanson de mark knopfler comme d'habitude...river towns plein de nostalgie...et je la laisse me travailler dessus....and just let he work me over...

    Chantal Roumier

    Superbe chanson OUI !

  35. Daniel Márquez

    Estupendo !!

  36. geert vanruymbeke

    great song, peaceful music, i like it... tx Mark

  37. Fred Boillat

    Pour toi papa là haut parti trop tôt

  38. Bahram Fazlollahi

    Just perfect songs.... love it

  39. Wretched Slippage

    This man is the best musician

  40. Gastaldi Evolution

    Tra tutte la canzoni di Mark, questa è la mia preferita

  41. David Parr

    mark can I build you a guitar

    Devi Drogt

    David Parr Yes please, greetings Mark

  42. Thor Svensson

    Heard it for the today first time. It's so melancholy and dark and I love it a really lot.

  43. louise196

    ❤️👏✨

  44. Silver Hammer

    Sorry, but this song is a straight "steal " of "Back in Time" (Gillian Welch) written by Gillian Welch and David Rawlings...

    RNRS001

    @black41flashreverse It is a bit too similar. Both are great songs but it's hard not to call it a steal when the melodies are identical.

    Marty Howe

    Have not heard the song, but are we all not just a collection of our experiences and influences, whether overt or subliminal? I don't believe I've ever had an original thought.

    barry clarke

    Wats new, maybe she can rip off one of his many many great songs

    Niall McEntee

    Similar in a few parts, particularly at the start of each verse but not the same song. Both good in their own right

    mathew sturtevant

    She sings on one of his albums. They respect each other greatly. He can't steal what she would give him freely. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7lid7_bjYkI

  45. stevie womac

    mark and his guitar style, doesn't get any better ,love the sound , great song

    Pierre-Yves Assing

    it is definitely not a Strat, sorry. More like P90s (Blue Pensa I would guess)

  46. louise196

    This music! Fabulous ✨👏✨

  47. Dhaval Bhate

    heart touching melody. Was and still continues to be a favourite

  48. Enrique Paz Contreras

    Fantástica

  49. transactguy

    Who plays the saxophone?

    JustForFunMan

    transactguy Nigel Hitchcock, if you like this you should check out "Wherever I Go" if you haven't already..

    transactguy

    I love the saxophone in "Wherever I go" too, and the whole song. Thank you!

    JustForFunMan

    transactguy my pleasure my friend

  50. fabrizio diano

    pezzo stupendo e fantastico, complimenti Mark sei un mago della musica

    john barrow

    Awesome just awesome Jb.

  51. Tim Hill

    a great, mournful, sad song.

  52. Darren Fuzzard

    I definitely like the song so much

  53. Martín

    Esta canción me pone la carne de gallina cada vez que la escucho...
    Bufff, qué grande Mark.
    ¡ Cómo nos toca la fibra con canciones aparentemente sencillas !

  54. Claudio De Vido

    Dedication at: prof. Pinagrazia VARESE - artist - Italia. dott. CAMILLA DE VIDO - Parigi. dott. SUSANNA DE VIDO - Versailles - Liegi. FRANCESCO DE VIDO - Trento. SHELLEY BELLO' - Montebelluna. NICOLETTA POLESEL - violinist music master - Singapore. dott. ing. FRANCESCA LOMBARDO - Santa Lucia di Piave. by ISHTAR COSTA - Venezia. dott. DIEGO VOLPATO - Istrana. MARCO VOLPATO - Istrana. dott. CLAUDIO DE VIDO - Conegliano.

  55. Aziz ERRADI

    the song that bruce spreengsteen never wrote

  56. Christian Müller

    great song!

    michel muller

    trois fois oui...mark knopfler un très grand musicien&compositeur...superbe album je confirme...

  57. soulhealer49

    Remind me another good song of Mark, "Beachcombing"...