Lady Writer

Album: Communiqué (1979)
Charted: 51 45
  • According to the 1984 biography of the band, "Lady Writer" was inspired by Marina Warner, who songwriter Mark Knopfler saw on a TV program, hence the opening line "Lady Writer on the TV..." In 1976, Warner, a highly educated polyglot, published a scholarly book about the cult of the Virgin Mary. For some reason her appearance struck a chord with Knopfler, bringing back painful memories of a love that was no more. There's real venom in the song, and it is evident that any resemblance the talented Miss Warner bore to his former lover was strictly physical.
  • "Lady Writer" was released on the Vertigo label; it was the band's second single, and runs to 3 minutes 45 seconds. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for above 2

Comments: 5

  • Joe from Grants Pass, OrAin't exactly like "Tangled Up In Blue", but it was never intended to be... Love it !!!
  • Jasper from Nieuwegein, NetherlandsThe real music critics hated this song at first... They said it was too much like "Sultans of Swing", and it was not original...
  • Barry from New York, NcDire Straits had a great sound on their first two LPs, which can be heard in full on LADY WRITER. By the time of their third album and the departure of David Knophler, the sound started to change a bit.
  • Paul from Northampton, United KingdomI remember seeing the Marina Warner interview in question and discussing it with others on the college course I was on. I have a feeling it was Melvyn Bragg doing the interviewing. We were all impressed by the Ms Warner's combination of razor sharp intellect and fantastic looks, the latter of which did nothing to diminish her academic and feminist credibility (why should it?). A few months later, the song came out and I immediately recognised what it was about. Needless to say, I bought it. One of Knopfler's best, and that's saying something.
  • Jim from Long Beach, CaI love this song. Great lyrics,very Dylanesque..Thanks Dire Straits
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