The Bug

Dire Straits

About The Bug

"The Bug" is a song written by Mark Knopfler and originally performed by Dire Straits on the final studio album by the band, On Every Street (1991). It was covered by Mary Chapin Carpenter in 1992 and also recorded on the albums Blues Ballads (1996) by The Alex Bollard Assembly and Keep Your Hands to Yourself (2002) by Mike Berry & The Outlaws.


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1991
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Well it's a strange old game - you learn it slow
One step forward and it's back to go
You're standing on the throttle
You're standing on the brakes
In the groove 'til you make a mistake

Sometimes you're the windshield
Sometimes you're the bug
Sometimes it all comes together baby
Sometimes you're a fool in love
Sometimes you're the louisville slugger
Sometimes you're the ball
Sometimes it all comes together baby
Sometimes you're going lose it all

You gotta know happy - you gotta know glad
Because you're gonna know lonely
And you're gonna know bad
When you're rippin' and a ridin'
And you're coming on strong
You start slippin' and slidin'
And it all goes wrong because

Sometimes you're the windshield
Sometimes you're the bug
Sometimes it all comes together baby
Sometimes you're a fool in love
Sometimes you're the louisville slugger baby
Sometimes you're the ball
Sometimes it all comes together baby
Sometimes you're going lose it all

One day you got the glory
One day you got none
One day you're a diamond
And then you're a stone
Everything can change
In the blink of an eye
So let the good times roll
Before we say goodbye, because

Sometimes you're the windshield
Sometimes you're the bug
Sometimes it all comes together baby
Sometimes you're a fool in love
Sometimes you're the louisville slugger baby
Sometimes you're the ball
Sometimes it all comes together baby
Sometimes you're going lose it all

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Dire Straits

Dire Straits were a British rock band, formed in 1977 by former journalist and teacher Mark Knopfler, initially composed of Knopfler (lead vocals and lead guitar), his younger brother David Knopfler (rhythm guitar and backing vocals), John Illsley (bass guitar and backing vocals), and Pick Withers (drums and percussion). more »

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Written by: MARK KNOPFLER

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13 facts about this song

Song Composition
"The Bug" is a song written by Mark Knopfler, the lead singer of the British band Dire Straits.
Album Details
Released in 1991, it is a part of Dire Straits' sixth and final studio album, which is named "On Every Street".
Song Genres
The song has elements of rock, country and blues, embodying Dire Straits' signature sound.
Chart Performance
The Dire Straits version of the song did not chart in the US but it charted at number 67 in the UK Singles Chart in 1992.
Cover Version
American country music artist Mary Chapin Carpenter covered "The Bug" for her fifth album "Come On, Come On" in 1992.
Lyrics Meaning
The lyrics of "The Bug" play on the phrase "the bug has bitten," meaning that someone has become very enthusiastic or obsessed with something.
Music Video
The music video for the Dire Straits version of "The Bug" features early computer-generated imagery, which was a common feature in many Dire Straits' music videos.
Performance Recognition
In Carpenter's version, the song reached number 16 on both the US Billboard Hot Country Singles and Tracks chart and the Canadian RPM Country Tracks chart.
Critics Review
Critics have praised Carpenter's version of "The Bug" for its infectious rhythm and witty lyrics.
Pop Culture
"The Bug" has been covered by numerous artists across various genres and has been featured in several films and TV shows as well.
Popularity
Even after decades of its release, both versions of "The Bug" continue to enjoy popularity among fans worldwide.
Legacy
"The Bug" remains one of the most popular tracks from Dire Straits' "On Every Street" album, showing the band's ability to seamlessly blend different musical genres.
Awards
Although not solely for "The Bug", Mary Chapin Carpenter's album "Come On, Come On" which includes her cover of this track, was nominated for several awards, and won the Best Female Country Vocal Performance at the Grammy Awards in 1993.

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