The Trawlerman's Song

Mark Knopfler

About The Trawlerman's Song

The Trawlerman's Song is an EP by British singer-songwriter and guitarist Mark Knopfler, released on 26 April 2005 by Mercury Records. The EP contains the album version of "The Trawlerman's Song" from the 2004 album Shangri-La and live in-studio versions of five other songs recorded in one take at Shangri-la Studios in Malibu, California.


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We're taking on water diesel and stores
Laying up awhile before I'm back on board
They're patching her up to go fishing again
They're welding her rudder scrubbing her keel
Scars on her belly need time to heal
In the dock with the trawler men
I know all the people there's nobody new
Soon we'll be leaving with the same old crew
On the green water the tumbling sea
They ain't running like the good old days
Time's just slipping down the old slipways
In the dock so dear to me
Dark is the night
I need a guiding light to keep me
From foundering on the rocks
My only prayer 
Is just to see you there at the end
Of my wandering back in the dock
I could use a layoff getting my strength back
But there's a loan to pay off and a few skip jack
So it's a turnaround back in the southerly wind
Pirates coming in to steal our gold
You can count yourself lucky with a profit in the hold
In the dock when we come in
Dark is the night
I need a guiding light to keep me
From foundering on the rocks
My only prayer
Is just to see you there at the end
Of my wandering
Back in the dock

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Mark Knopfler

Mark Freuder Knopfler, OBE (born 12 August 1949) is a British guitarist, singer, songwriter, record producer and film score composer. He is best known as the lead guitarist, vocalist, and songwriter for the British rock band Dire Straits, which he co-founded in 1977. After Dire Straits disbanded in 1995, Knopfler went on to record and produce seven solo albums, including Golden Heart (1996), Sailing to Philadelphia (2000), The Ragpicker's Dream (2002), Shangri-La (2004), Kill To Get Crimson (2007), Get Lucky (2009) and Privateering (2012). He has composed and produced film scores for eight films, including Local Hero (1983), Cal (1984), The Princess Bride (1987), and Wag the Dog (1997). In addition to his work with Dire Straits and as a solo artist and compos… more »

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