Song Lyric Sunday 2/12/17 – When It Comes to You

In what seems to be an appropriate Valentine’s Day topic, this week’s Song Lyric Sunday prompt is to feature a song about the insecurities or doubts you experience in a relationship. Well, I’m definitely no stranger to that as the few relationships I’ve had in my life were all short-lived and terrible (and I’m ever-so-single now!) so I had a song immediately pop into mind that I love that fits the category.

Dire Straits has long been a band I’ve really enjoyed. Their unique sound and Mark Knopfler’s unusual guitar style give the band a very distinctive signature sound that I really like. Perhaps they are most known for “Money for Nothing” (which is a great song, by the way) but there are others by them that are just as good, if not better.

Take this one for instance. Written by Knopfler and recorded in 1991, this song has a very smooth sound and although the lyrics are somewhat depressing, the upbeat nature of the song is one you can really get into.

If we can’t get along we oughta be apart
And I’m wondering where’d you get that cold, cold heart
Set me free – sign my release
I’m tired of being the villain of the peace

You been giving me a bad time
Tell me what I’d do
How come I always get a hard time
Honey when it comes to you
Sayin’ things that you didn’t have to
How come I always get a hard time
Honey when it comes to you

You only get one life – this I know
I wanna get my licks in now before I go
The fire of love is dead and cold
I gotta satisfy the hunger in my soul

And you been giving me a bad time
Tell me what I’d do
How come I always get a hard time
Honey when it comes to you
Sayin’ things that you didn’t have to
How come I always get a hard time
Honey when it comes to you

If we can’t get along we oughta be apart
And I’m wondering where’d you get that cold, cold heart
Set me free – sign my release
I’m tired of being the villain of the peace

And you been giving me a bad time
Tell me what I’d do
How come I always get a hard time
Honey when it comes to you
Sayin’ things that you didn’t have to
How come I always get a hard time
Honey when it comes to you

How come I always get a hard time
Honey when it comes to you

How come I always get a hard time
Honey when it comes to you
Source: http://www.azlyrics.com/lyrics/direstraits/whenitcomestoyou.html (With some additions made by me)

Anyway, there are a couple of other versions of this song that are also great. The first is from Knopfler’s “side project” band, the Nottingham Hillbillies. This was actually the “original” version if you will, before he recorded the song with Dire Straits (this version is 1990, Dire Straits was recorded in 1991). It is very similar to the Dire Straits version but has almost a more bluegrass feel to it.

However, probably the most well-known and popular version of the song is country singer John Anderson’s 1992 cover of the song. Anderson’s version is a total departure from either Knopfler version and has its own charm.

Anyway, that’s a wrap for this week. See, I listen to stuff other than TFF. 😉 Anyway, this is a great song and I hope you enjoyed it as much as I do.

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4 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday 2/12/17 – When It Comes to You

  1. Yay!!! Fellow Dire Straits/Mark Knopfler fan here! They’re one of the few bands/artists I could probably listen to no matter what mood I’m in, and listen to all day without getting tired of them. Awesome!!
    ~The Silent Wave Blog writer/Laina

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  2. I’m not sure I’ve ever taken the time to listen to Dire Straits, other than what was played on the radio. It actually kind of makes me angry that I spent the early 90’s missing out on so much amazing music because I was raised to believe rock music (including alternative) was “of the devil”. Ugh!

    I loved this song! I do think I heard the John Anderson version, but I was never a fan of his style or his music, so it was only a few times. Anyway, thanks for sharing this!

    I also didn’t realize the “doubts” stage of love was going to hit for Valentine’s week. Haha. That’s so typically me. 🙂

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    • Dire Straits is one of those bands who really are their own thing. They don’t emulate anyone. Of course I’m sure you’re familiar with the few songs of theirs that are played on the radio but they have a lot of other stuff that’s really great.

      Sorry to hear you were raised with that mindset. It’s hard to shake, I know. Glad to know you’re now free to enjoy music.

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      • I really had to let it all go when my daughter was younger. She fell in love with screamo bands and I ended up taking her to many concerts and actually loving some of the music. I actually got angry with someone at work for telling me it was “devil’s” music when the song I was listening to was about love. I told him to get out of my office. 🙂

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