A song by British rock band Dire Straits from their eponymous debut album, written by front-man Mark Knopfler. Released in 1978, its 1979 re-release made it a hit in the United Kingdom and United States.
The song was recorded at Pathway Studios, in July 1977 and quickly acquired a following after it was put on rotation at Radio London. Its popularity soon reached record executives, and Dire Straits were offered a contract with Phonogram Records. The song was then re-recorded in February 1978 at Basing Street Studios for the band’s debut album.