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A Music Blog (#14: Sultans in da house)

Posted June 18th, 2012 at 05:37 AM by bobandbill
Updated June 23rd, 2012 at 05:34 AM by bobandbill

Been a while again, no? I blame life.

This was always going to be featured as it is one of those songs I instantly turn up the volume of in the car and sometimes sing, haha. Or well, a song by the band anyways (who someone knows as 'the one which sings about refrigatators' =p), but this one is easily my favourite.

Dire Straits, Sultans of Swing!



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Lyrics:
Spoiler:
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
Competition in other places
Oh but the horns, they blowing 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 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
'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'


That guitar. It's not so much an instrument as almost another singer there in the song - it follows every line of the song to 'say' something of its own. And the solos are pretty neat too. Despite the song following a repetitive structure the song remains interesting because of that.

Fairly simple story to it too; just about how the band palyed music on friday nights. Goes to show you don't need a full-blown story or a song about drugs/sex/etc to make a good song. Just a very good guitar player. =p

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  1. Old Comment
    Dr.Kotov's Avatar
    ...this is marvellous & now, also a part of my library; thank you.
    Posted June 18th, 2012 at 07:42 AM by Dr.Kotov Dr.Kotov is offline
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    shenanigans's Avatar
    It saddens me that not everyone knows this song. They've been missing out on so much. v__v
    Posted June 18th, 2012 at 08:59 AM by shenanigans shenanigans is online now
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    Riku's Avatar
    I grew up on this CD. Nostalgiafest as I spam repeat. Thanks mang ;w;
    Posted June 18th, 2012 at 07:24 PM by Riku Riku is offline
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    Grovyle42(Griff8416)'s Avatar
    I don't listen to a lot of the Dire Straits, but I liked the guitar parts in the song.
    Posted June 19th, 2012 at 11:39 AM by Grovyle42(Griff8416) Grovyle42(Griff8416) is offline
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    Wow, what an interesting song. I have actually never heard of this group and I have never heard of this song as well. I will be sure to look up more from this group, I think I might dabble more in this particular genre as well. Thanks for posting =)
    Posted June 19th, 2012 at 08:57 PM by Lila. Lila. is offline
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    bobandbill's Avatar
    Quote:
    ...this is marvellous & now, also a part of my library; thank you.
    You are welcome! Hurrah for actually doing a song that's as awesome as this that isn't known by everyone, haha.
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    It saddens me that not everyone knows this song. They've been missing out on so much. v__v
    It kinda saddens me too. =( I MUST PRESS ON CLEARLY
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    I grew up on this CD. Nostalgiafest as I spam repeat. Thanks mang ;w;
    Good man!
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    I don't listen to a lot of the Dire Straits, but I liked the guitar parts in the song.
    You should listen to more of their music then. =p Down to the Waterline for instance has very nice guitar too.
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    Wow, what an interesting song. I have actually never heard of this group and I have never heard of this song as well. I will be sure to look up more from this group, I think I might dabble more in this particular genre as well. Thanks for posting =)
    You're welcome!

    But for those who didn't know of the band Dire Straits - you really should check out the whole album the song is from! The other song Down to the Waterline linked above (and here) is the first track of their self-titled album. Which is not bad at all for a debut album too!
    Posted June 22nd, 2012 at 06:47 AM by bobandbill bobandbill is offline
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    Shining Raichu's Avatar
    Everybody else's posts make me feel like a terrible person for not liking this song lol
    Posted July 2nd, 2012 at 07:01 PM by Shining Raichu Shining Raichu is offline
 

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