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Silvertown Blues

This song is by Mark Knopfler, features Chris Difford and Glenn Tilbrook and appears on the album Sailing to Philadelphia (2000).

On Silvertown Way the cranes stand high
Quiet and gray against the still of the sky

They won't quit and lay down though the action has died
They watch the new game in town on the Blackwall side

From the poisonous drains a vision appears
A new circle of cranes, a new reason to be here

A big silver dome rising up into the dawn
Above the church and the homes where all the silver is gone

If I'd a bucket of gold, what would I do
I'd leave the story untold Silvertown Blues

Going down in Silvertown
Down in Silvertown
Going down in Silvertown
Down in Silvertown

A silver dawn steals over the docks
A truck with no wheels up on the cinderblocks

Men with no dreams around a fire in a drum
Scrap metal schemes rusted over and done

If I'd a bucket of gold, what would I do
I'd leave the story untold Silvertown Blues

And I'm going down in Silvertown
Down in Silvertown
Going down in Silvertown
Down in Silvertown

When you're standing on thin and dangerous ice
You can knock and walk in for citizens' advice

They'll tell you where you can turn, where you can go
There's nothing they can tell me I don't already know

If I'd a bucket of gold, what would I do
I'd leave the story untold Silvertown Blues

And I'm going down in Silvertown
Down in Silvertown
Going down in Silvertown
Down in Silvertown

From the Caning Town train I see a billboard high
There's a big silver plane rising up into the sky

And I can make out the words 'seven flights every day'
Says six of those birds are bound for J. F. K

If I'd a bucket of gold, what would I do
I'd leave the story untold Silvertown Blues

And I'm going down in Silvertown
Down in Silvertown
Going down in Silvertown
Down in Silvertown

Credits

Written by:

Mark Knopfler

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