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

Dire Straits - Walk of Life lyrics meaning

Meaning

It has been suggested that 'Sweet Loving Woman' is a reference to the Grand Funk Railroad song 'Some Kind Of Wonderful', on account of its use of the following lyrics:

"'Cause I got me a sweet ... a sweet, lovin' woman,
And she knows just how to treat me right."

Equally, it could refer to Dobie Gray's 'Sweet Lovin' Woman', or possibly even the band's own track 'Romeo & Juliet'. Consensus is fairly widespread that 'the song about the knife' is the jazz standard 'Mack The Knife', first made famous by Bobby Darin, although conspiracy theorists whisper that it may be a nod to the track 'Six Blade Knife' from Dire Straits' debut release.

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