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Sultans Of Swing by Dire Straits

Updated on December 2, 2014

Dire Straits Sultans Of Swing Lyrics

Sultans Of Swing was the first hit single by Dire Straits from their self titled first album, Dire Straits.

Dire Straits were a great English rock band, formed by Mark Knopfler in 1977 and best known for their hits Sultans Of Swing and Money For Nothing. As well as Mark Knopfler, the band comprised also his brother David Knopfler (guitar), John Illsley (bass), and Pick Withers (drums).

Although the band was formed in an era when punk rock ruled the charts, their unique style of Rock Music, simpler than the Classic Rock of the 1970's, woowed new audiences quickly.

Their first single Sultan's Of Swing immediately put them into the spotlight. By the time their most famous album, Brothers In Arms was released, with the single Money For Nothing which of course was recorded at Live Aid they had reached the top.

This song, Sultans Of Swing is a great song from their first album, Dire Straits.

Song Lyrics: Sultans Of Swing by Dire Straits

Written by: Mark Knopfler from the Album: "Dire Straits" - 1978

You get a shiver in the dark
It's raining in the park but meantime
South of the river you stop and you hold everything
A band is blowing Dixie double four time
You feel alright when you hear that music ring

You step inside but you don't see too many faces
Coming in out of the rain to hear the jazz go down
Too much competition too many other places
But not too many horns can make that sound
Way on down south way on down south London town

You check out Guitar George he knows all the chords
Mind he's strictly rhythm he doesn't want to make it cry or sing
And an old guitar is all he can afford
When he gets up under the lights to play his thing

And Harry doesn't mind if he doesn't make the scene
He's got a daytime job he's doing alright
He can play honky tonk just like anything
Saving it up for Friday night
With the Sultans with the Sultans of Swing

And a crowd of young boys they're fooling around in the corner
Drunk and dressed in their best brown baggies and their platform soles
The don't give a damn about any trumpet playing band
It ain't what they call rock and roll
And the Sultans played Creole

And then the man he steps right up to the microphone
And says at last just as the time bell rings
'Thank you goodnight now it's time to go home'
and he makes it fast with one more thing
'We are the Sultans of Swing'


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    • RogerBonger profile image

      RogerBonger 

      5 years ago

      this is great music, having a little background on the band is nice.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      5 years ago from Canada

      I agree with Mrsz I love the sultans of swing.

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      MrsZ LM 

      6 years ago

      Dire Straits is one of my favorite All Time groups...love their music...especially fond of Going Home..(Theme of Local Hero) and, of course, 'Sultans of Swing'...I even did an abstract painting a few years ago,inspired by 'Sultans..'

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      LouisaDembul 

      6 years ago

      I just love your music lenses. I grew up with Dire Straits, and still enjoy their music a lot.

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      gamecheathub 

      6 years ago

      I've actually got this Old Grey Whistle Test video in my bookmarks! Knopfler just shreds on this thing and it's so fun to see him play the intricate parts while singing. It's as if he's bored! #lovethisband

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      MAMellott LM 

      6 years ago

      Thanks once again for sharing!

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      blessedmomto7 

      7 years ago

      Man this takes me back. Now it's playing in my head.

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      TapIn2U 

      7 years ago

      A sweet trip down memory lane. Thanks for sharing this. It's been a while. Sundae ;-)

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      Tony Payne 

      9 years ago from Southampton, UK

      [in reply to AndyPo] I still have all my old LP's, packed away but in good condition. My turntable has been in storage for 4 years though, as has my home theatre system. Probably all now ruined with the humidity. I don't have anywhere to put it here, nor a need for the cassette or cd decks really. Now if I could plug in my USB drive... I ought to sell it all really, only worth a fraction of what I paid for it, such a shame.

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      Andy-Po 

      9 years ago

      Excellent lens and choice of song. I found this on vinyl in a second-hand record shop in Brighton recently for just 50p (10 records for a fiver)

    • K Linda profile image

      K Linda 

      9 years ago

      OOOH! Wonderful flashback! Love this lens...5*.

    • dahlia369 profile image

      dahlia369 

      9 years ago

      Always loved to listen to the Dire Straits' music so this lens came as a great memory refresher to me, thank you!! :)

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      Sherry Venegas 

      10 years ago from La Verne, CA

      I did not know Dire Straits was English! The lyrics to their songs made me assume they were a U.S group. The one about the telegraph road as an ex. Who does all the fabulous guitar work? Exciting lens.

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