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Artist: Dire Straits
Suggested Track: Sultan of Swing

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 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 down south
Way on down south
London town

You check out guitar George, he knows all the chords
Mind, it's strictly rhythm he doesn't want to make it 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 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
And 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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Dire Straits
Founded by brothers Mark and David Knopfler in 1977, Dire Straits introduced a viable alternative to the punk-dominated British music scene of the late 70’s. Commonly referred to
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Dire Straits Lyrics
Dire Straits lyrics - 62 song lyrics sorted by album, including "Money For Nothing", "Sultans Of Swing", "Walk Of Life".
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Dire Straits by Dire Straits
Dire Straits is the debut studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits, released on 7 October 1978 by Vertigo Records worldwide and by Warner Bros. Records in the US. The
Communiqué by Dire Straits
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Making Movies by Dire Straits
Making Movies is Dire Straits' third album. It was published the 17th of October of 1980. It was the first album of the band with a keyboardist and also the first one without David
On Every Street by Dire Straits
On Every Street is the sixth and last album released by Dire Straits before they split up and Mark Knopfler began his solo career. The album was published on September 9, 1991.
Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits
“Brothers in Arms” is the fifth studio album by British rock band Dire Straits, released on 13 May 1985 by Vertigo Records internationally and by Warner Bros. Records in the US
Sultans of Swing (The Very Best of Dire Straits) by Dire Straits
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Love Over Gold by Dire Straits
“Love over Gold” is the fourth studio album by the British rock band Dire Straits, released on 20 September 1982 by Vertigo Records internationally and by Warner Bros. Records in
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Dire Straits – So Far Away
[Verse 1] / Here I am again in this mean old town / And you're so far away from me / And where are you when the sun go down? / You're so far away from me / [Chorus] / You're so far
Dire Straits – Skateaway
[Verse 1] / I seen a girl on a one-way corridor / Stealing down a wrong-way street / For all the world like an urban toreador / She had wheels on, on her feet / Well, the cars do
Dire Straits – Walk of Life
Oddly, this track was originally available as a B-Side to the single “So Far Away,” which was released as the lead single to their fifth album Brothers In Arms. The song received a
Dire Straits – Romeo and Juliet
There is no more iconic Dire Straits song. Released as a single in 1981, the track updates the classic Romeo and Juliet narrative, skipping over the death and destruction. It’s
Dire Straits – Your Latest Trick
The fourth track on Brothers in Arms and a turning point for the album. The songs up to this point are poppy and this song ushers in a much more gritty phase of the album.
Dire Straits – Telegraph Road
“Telegraph Road” is a song by the British rock band Dire Straits, taken from their fourth studio album Love Over Gold. It was released in 1984, as the lead single from their live
Dire Straits – Private Investigations
This is the second track on Dire Straits' 1982 album “Love Over Gold.” It evokes the private detectives of classic film noir. The song itself is mainly instrumental, with most
Dire Straits – Industrial Disease
This is the third track on Dire Straits' 1982 album “Love Over Gold.” This is also the first song on the vinyl album’s B-side. It’s storytelling format closely resembles that of
Dire Straits – Wild West End
This song is all about the lifestyle in the West End of London, a fashionable area of London also popular with tourists.
Dire Straits – The Bug
[Verse 1] / Well it's a strange old game - you learn it slow / One step forward and it's back to go / You're standing on the throttle, you're standing on the brakes / In the groove
Dire Straits – Water of Love
A song about the pain of a failed relationship, and disguised as a beautiful love song. – Saba with Glass of Red Wine by Fabian Perez Knopfler said this was written out of pain
Dire Straits – Why Worry?
Why Worry? is the fifth track of Dire Straits‘ fifth studio album “Brothers in Arms”. The track fits the style of The Everly Brothers, which later on recorded a cover of the song.
Dire Straits – Fade to Black
[Verse 1] / Well I wonder where you are tonight / You're probably on the rampage somewhere / You have been known to take delight / In getting in somebody's hair / And you always
Dire Straits – Lions
[Verse 1] / Red sun going down, way over dirty town / Starlings they're sweeping around, crazy shoals / Yes and a girl is there, high heeling across the square / The wind, it blows
Dire Straits – Heavy Fuel
[Verse 1] / Last time I was sober, man I felt bad / Worst hangover that I ever had / It took six hamburgers and scotch all night / Nicotine for breakfast just to put me right / [
Dire Straits – One World
[Verse 1] / Can't get no sleeves for my records / Can't get no laces for my shoes / Can't get no fancy notes / On my blue guitar / I can’t get no antidote for blues / Oh yeah, uh
Dire Straits – Six Blade Knife
[Chorus] / Your six blade knife can do anything for you / Anything you want it to / One blade for breaking my heart / One blade for tearing me apart / Your six blade knife-do
Dire Straits – Down to the Waterline
[Instrumental intro 0:00-1:07] / [Verse 1] / Sweet surrender on the Quayside / You remember we used to run and hide / In the shadow of the cargoes / I take you one at a time / And
Dire Straits – In the Gallery
[Verse 1] / Harry made a bareback rider proud and free upon a horse / And a fine coal miner, for the NCB that was / A fallen angel, Jesus on the cross / A skating ballerina, you
Dire Straits – Southbound Again
[Verse 1] / Southbound again / Don't know if I'm going or leaving home / Southbound again / Don't know if I'm going or leaving home / Boy's bound to be moving / Seems like the boy'
Dire Straits – Ride Across the River
‘Ride Across the River’ is the sixth track of Dire Straits fifth studio album ‘Brothers in Arms’. The song can be interoperated as a cynical view on war as seen from a soldier. Not
Dire Straits – How Long
How long, how long baby / How long has it been / How long you gonna keep me wondering / How long before you see / Stallin' me was wrong / How long / How long, how long you gonna
Dire Straits – My Parties
[Verse 1] / Well, this is my back yard - my back gate / I hate to start my parties late / Here's the party cart - ain't that great? / That ain't the best part baby - just wait
Dire Straits – Lady Writer
[Verse 1] / Lady writer on the TV / Talking about the Virgin Mary / Reminded me of you / Expectation left to come up to, yeah / Lady writer on the TV / Yeah, she had another
Dire Straits – Communiqué
[Verse 1] / They want to get a statement for Jesus' sake / It's like a talking to the wall / He's incommunicado, no comment to make / He's saying nothing at all / [Pre-Chorus
Dire Straits – Calling Elvis
[Chorus] / Calling Elvis - is anybody home / Calling Elvis - I'm here all alone / Did he leave the building / Or can he come to the phone / Calling Elvis - I'm here all alone / [
Dire Straits – Hand in Hand
[Chorus 1] / The sky is crying the streets are full of tears / Rain come down wash away my fears / And all this writing on the wall / Oh I can read between the lines / [Bridge
Dire Straits – News
[Chorus] / He sticks to his guns / He take the road as it comes / It take the shine off his shoes / He says it's a shame / "You know, it may be a game / Ah, but I won't play to
Dire Straits – Angel of Mercy
[Verse 1] / Well there's a Peter Pan moon, shepherd's delight / I got the dragon at noon, yes and I won the fight / Now I want my reward in heaven tonight, just like you promised
Dire Straits – Once Upon a Time in the West
[Verse 1] / Some people get a cheap laugh / Breaking up the speed limit / Scaring the pedestrians for a minute / Crossing up progress driving on the grass / Leaving just enough for
Dire Straits – Love Over Gold
[Instrumental Intro] / [Verse 1] / You walk out on the high wire / You're a dancer on thin ice / You pay no heed to the danger / And less to advice / Your footsteps are forbidden
Dire Straits – You and Your Friend
[Instrumental intro 0:00-1:03] / [Chorus] / Will you and your friend come around / Are you and your friend gonna get on down / Will you and your friend come around / Or are you and
Dire Straits – Expresso Love
[Verse 1] / She gets the sun in the daytime / Perfume in the dusk / And she comes out in the night time / With the honeysuckle musk / Because she smells just like a rose / And she
Dire Straits – It Never Rains
[Verse 1] / I hear the Seven Deadly Sins / And the Terrible Twins came to call on you / The bigger they are, baby / The harder they fall on you / And you, you're always the same
Dire Straits – Solid Rock
[Verse 1] / Well now, take a look at that / I made a castle in the sand / Saying this is where it's at, y'all / Couldn't understand now / If I realised that the chances were slim
Dire Straits – Les Boys
[Chorus 1] / Les boys do cabaret / Les boys are glad to be gay / [Verse 1] / They're not afraid now / A disco bar in Germany / Les boys are glad to be / Upon parade now / Les boys
Dire Straits – On Every Street
[Verse] / There's gotta be a record of you someplace / You gotta be on somebody's books / The lowdown a picture of your face / Your injured looks / The sacred and profane / The
Dire Straits – Where Do You Think You're Going?
[Chorus] / Where do you think you're going? / Don't you know it's dark outside? / Where do you think you're going? / Don't you care about my pride? / Where do you think you're
Dire Straits – Tunnel of Love [Alchemy]
[Intro: "The Carousel Waltz," by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein] / [Verse 1] / Getting crazy on the waltzers, but it's the life that I choose / Sing about the six-blade
Dire Straits – Setting Me Up
[Verse 1] / You say I'm the greatest bound for glory / Well the word is out and I learned / I got the latest side of the story / You're pulling out before you get burned / Well
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Dire Straits - Sultans Of Swing Lyrics
Dire Straits "Sultans Of Swing": You get a shiver in the dark It's raining in the park, but meantime South of the river, you stop, an...