Dire Straits — Sultans Of Swing
Album: Dire Straits
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Total ratings: 2519

Released: 1978
Length: 5:40
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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

Well now you step inside but you don't see too many faces
Coming in out of the rain to hear the jazz go down
Competition in other places
Ah but the horns, they blowing 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
Yes, 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 the honky tonk 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
They don't give a damn about any trumpet playing band
It ain't what they call rock and roll
Then the Sultans, yeah, the Sultans they play 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"
Then he makes it fast with one more thing
"We are the Sultans, we are the Sultans of Swing"
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To me this is 9 - O U T S T A N D I N G  
Je ne peux m'en lasser
"You feel alright when you hear the music play"—could be RP's motto.
 blkstd wrote:
dear god how i love this song

I've heard this a million times and it still does it for me. Very few songs meet that standard.
...drunk and dressed in their best brown baggies and their platform souls...
Now that the time bell has rung I've bumped it from a 9 to an 11.  Oops, well a 10 will just have to do.
London hasn't been a town in a thousand years.

Still superb.
Always such a pleasure to hear this song!
Hello Guitar George !
 blkstd wrote:
dear god how i love this song

Me too:-). {#Daisy}
Damn, I've already rated this a 10.
This was, and is, such a great hymn to the hard-working journeymen and women of pub rock, who turn out to play in pubs night in, night out, for little or no reward. Most are of iffy quality, right enough, but you can't fault them for enthusiasm, and some are absolute gems.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Great tune but I've just heard it way too many times.
Howzabout "Six Blade Knife" for a change?

I'm not rating the song on how I feel about it now, but how I felt about it THEN. For me this song was a complete revelation, and opened my mind to new musical possibilities, the way that Johnny Cash, Bob Dylan, David Bowie/Roxy Music, Prince, and Radiohead have all, in their turn, done. Just waiting for the new messiah.....
loved the 70's and these guys were the soundtrack!

thanks RP!
 blkstd wrote:
dear god how i love this song

me too..!
dear god how i love this song
 hencini wrote:
Not my favorite DS track by a long shot yet it still merits a 9. : )

Edit: I always enjoy looking at the ratings distribution. For this particular track, I get a kick out of the folks that disrupt the curve in the 3 range. It's like there's just enough people that think it's sufficiently "Ho Hum" to cause a ratings blip for a track that almost everyone else agrees is "Most Excellent" or better. 

This is by far my favorite DS song.  Got me hooked on the band way back in junior high, then Telegraph Road really opened my mind to the power of story telling through music.
Great tune but I've just heard it way too many times.
Howzabout "Six Blade Knife" for a change?