What It Is (Mark Knopfler song)

"What It Is" is a song written and recorded by the British rock musician Mark Knopfler. It was released on 4 September 2000 as the lead single from his second solo studio album, Sailing to Philadelphia (2000).

"What It Is"
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Single by Mark Knopfler
from the album Sailing to Philadelphia
Released4 September 2000 (2000-09-04)
GenreRoots rock
Length4:57 (Album version) 3:33 (Radio edit) 5:36 (Mexican version)
Songwriter(s)Mark Knopfler
Producer(s)Mark Knopfler
Mark Knopfler singles chronology
"What It Is"
"Sailing To Philadelphia"

An extended version of the song released in Mexico contains an additional verse:

And the highwayman stands blowing on his fingers by the green
I've walked inside his shoes before so I always buy his magazine
He's with a local mystery with blood stains on her hands
I like the way she winks at me but I leave her with the highwayman

The song's lyrics pay homage to the city of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Track listingEdit

1."What It Is" (Radio edit)3:33
2."The Long Highway"3:46
3."Let's See You"4:21
Total length:14:38


Chart (2000–01) Peak
Belgium (Ultratip Flanders)[1] 11
Belgium (Ultratip Wallonia)[2] 15
France (SNEP)[3] 56
Germany (Official German Charts)[4] 81
Italy (FIMI)[5] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[6] 38
Norway (VG-lista)[7] 10
Spain (PROMUSICAE)[8] 4
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[9] 38
US Adult Alternative Songs (Billboard)[10] 3