“Water of Love” is a song written by Mark Knopfler and originally released on Dire Straits’ self-titled debut album. It was also released as a single in the Netherlands in October 1978 and in Australia in December 1978 as a follow-up to the band’s first single “Sultans of Swing”
The single reached number 28 in the Netherlands and number 54 in Australia. The song was also included on Dire Straits live album Live at the BBC and on the multi-artist compilation album More Than Unplugged.
Both “Water of Love” and “Down to the Waterline,” as well as “Sultans of Swing,” were among the five songs included on Dire Straits’ demo tape that the band sent to Charlie Gillett, who played the tape on his radio show leading to the band’s first recording contract. It is one of four songs on side 1 of the Dire Straits album which deals with unhappy relationships, and author Michael Oldfield believes that the song is basically about the break-up of Mark Knopfler’s marriage.
– Mark Knopfler: Vocals and lead guitar.
– David Knopfler: Rhythm guitar and backing vocals.
– John Illsley: Bass and backing vocals.
– Pick Withers: Drums.