"Sultans Of Swing" as written by and Mark Knopfler....
You get a shiver in the dark,
It's a 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 the music ring
Well now you step inside but you don't see too many faces
Coming in out of the rain they hear the jazz go down
Competition in other places
Uh but the horns they blowin' that sound
Way on downsouth
Way on downsouth
London town
Check out guitar george, he knows-all the chords
Mind he's strictly rhythm he doesn't want to make them cry or sing
They said 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 the honky tonk like anything
Savin' it up, for Friday night
With the Sultans
We're the Sultans of Swing
Then a crowd a young boys they're a foolin' around in the corner
Drunk and dressed in their best brown baggies and their platform soles
They don't give a damn about any trumpet playin' band
It ain't what they call rock and roll
Then the Sultans
Yeah the Sultans they play creole, creole

And then the man he steps right up to the microphone
And says at last just as the time bell rings
Goodnight, now it's time to go home
And he makes it fast with one more thing

We are the Sultans
We are the Sultans of Swing


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"Sultans of Swing" as written by Mark Knopfler

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  • +12
    General CommentThere was an actual jazz band that mark knopfler had witnessed playing in a dingy local pub in south london, near to where he was living at the time.

    And there really were just a few lads playing pool in the corner. ignoring the band as it played on regardless, until finally announcing " Thank you for coming along we are ..The Sultans Of Swing !"

    I suggest we track down that original band, get them back together. and have them record their own version of this classic song.. maybe mark could even guest on it with them !

    TheMindFieldon January 30, 2011   Link
  • +7
    General CommentThis is a great song which captures what music is all about. It doesn't matter what your position is, or the wins and losses; all that matters is playing the music and feeling the soul of the song. It's not about fancy guitars, record deals, insane soloing, pleasin' the ladies; it's about feeling the music and playing with heart and soul.
    abuseforapieon May 15, 2011   Link
  • +7
    General CommentOMG!! This is the songmeanings website!! You post the meaning of the song.
    It´s not the write your age and say what you think of the band/artist.
    vikke22on August 13, 2011   Link
  • +4
    My InterpretationIt's about the grass roots of music - these guys who aren't trying to become famous or make lots of money out of music. They are just there for the love of the art and to try and make the lives of people around them brighter.

    I think it's a beautiful celebration of this kind of part time musician, there is a certain romance about playing your music just for pure enjoyment.
    DRB00on July 10, 2014   Link
  • +2
    General CommentThis is my favorite song of all time along with Comfortably Numb by Pink Floyd...The intro is just amazing i really feel alright when I here this song...I remember many years ago when my dad would play it on the cars CD player and Id tell him that Dire Straits, Pink Floyd and Led Zeppelin and many other Greats sucked and that Linkin Park and all the new rock bands are better and he'd laugh at me and say "when u grow up ull understand" and I do now and laugh at how stupid I was back then

    PS: for those who didn't listen to the Alchemy live version of the song I recommend u do its out of this world..the whole alchemy live is amazing
    ktk2002on June 29, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDuring the week these guys, they do the usual things, go to work etc., and then on the Friday night they go play at the local club, they don't care how old the equipment is, or whos listening to them or not, they just go there to play, You know? It's what they do.

    P.S. I love Dire Straits. I'm 18, and I likethis way better than all that new age crap out there at the moment.
    Cliffyon September 02, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentGuitar George and Harry - - - -

    ever heard of the band THE EASYBEATS thats who Mark is talking about.

    George Young - Guitarist
    Harry Vander - Guitarist

    Two of the savours of rock and roll in Australia. George Young is Angus Youngs older brother and Harry and George were main push in recording ACDC.

    Yeah!
    Calvanoon February 15, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentCan anyone help me with the last verse? Who is "the man"? Is it someone from the band or is it the club owner? I assume the bell signaled that sultans should get off the stage. But the "at last" confuses me. In the end it sounds like it's someone from the band since he apparently says "WE are the ...", it it could be two people as well.
    Infilon May 09, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentAbsolutely love this song, its on my short list of songs i can lose myself in. I rate it up there with zeppelin's "Tea For One".

    As for the song's meaning, I think the lyrics are pretty self explanatory.
    kutarkon February 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentso, does anyone actually know what this song means?
    i mean yeah, this songs reallllyyy good and i'm glad it means a lot to most of us but i am really curious of what it means. and yes, it has been proven that the age has no meaning when it comes to listening various songs, new or old.
    ameca5058on May 23, 2010   Link

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