Knopfler, Mark - Sultans Of Swing Lyrics

You get a shiver in the dark
It's been 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 all right 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 downsouth way on downsouth 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
They 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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Knopfler, Mark Sultans Of Swing Comments
  1. Michael Whitecotton

    at a latchkey kid back in the 80's I grew up on MTV and Dire Straights.

  2. kendal abarca

    El Más Grande!!! Respeto Absoluto Maestro....🙏🏻

  3. Rory Fulton

    As a guitarist I watched my dad play guitar and was inspired. But there was always this one song he played. Later on as I was more experienced in guitar I could not explain it to him what that song was that made me wanna play, when I was 22 I heard this song on the radio and it was it! Crazy how a instrument can inspire someone and have that one distinct riff that connected them to the instrument of choice. Music is special.

  4. Ray Runner

    Mark has real wicked quitar skills...

    Ray Runner

    I don't like them.

    I love them.

  5. Sandeep Sreehari

    One of the most influential guitarist and musician as a whole. And on top of it all he's such a down to earth man. Mark is a great example.

  6. Michiel James

    Thank you for the amazing iconic music you have given us sir. This song is like the punch card, a key that unlocks some of the most precious memories for me.
    This is what music should be!💪

  7. Paulo Italo !

    One of the greatest music of all times! Its Just surreal! Mark knopfler is like a good old wine, Just get better with age!

  8. carlos oliveira

    Sounded like he was mixing a touch of Monlight Shadow with Sultans of Swing if you listen carefully.


    A MELODY MASTER !....////

  10. Holladay Cummings

    We are so fortunate to have empathetic songwriters.

  11. Tiago Leonel

    Parece que o Mark tá tomando um cafézinho. Feeling total e intimidade com o instrumento.

  12. Alex Piep

    What said his wife? 🤔 i cant understand it.
    Excuse me . Im not an native speaker 🤣

    Chance Bockenstest

    She asked if he played the twiddling guitar part at the end

    Chance Bockenstest

    The part right at 3:31

  13. Chris M T

    Yes keep playin the Twidly bits!!!!!!!!

  14. Александр Киевский

    слишком много болтает попусту...

  15. Marco Locci

    Mark is the best

  16. Diário de um TURBEIRO by hirinhu

    Mark is a god!!!

  17. Dostradamas

    It's a helluva gift we get for just listening.
    Thank you

  18. lakewood85

    “They’re landmarks... they’re milestones in their lives” They are time capsules opening in the mind.

  19. defaultytuser

    The blue suit and red Strat just... wow... classy!

  20. Amar Faci

    Le meilleur guitariste au monde

  21. Agustin Blanco

    Hey mark you stil have the same fender


    El Rey, sin duda. Hace lo que quiere con una guitarra. Tuve la inmensa fortuna de verle en Madrid el pasado año, en su "ultima gira" (espero que no), tocando clásicos de los DS, como Romeo & Juliet, Money for Nothing,... Un sueño hecho realidad. Sigue componiendo, Mark, lo necesitamos!!

  23. hoopsheavenpa


  24. Robin Yumnam

    Mark never played the solo as how it was written, not even once, just improvisations. He's really good but can't say he's a guitar God without hearing him play like the original. Joe Satriani, Yngwie Malmsteen, Steve Vai, they all play their songs just pinpoint straight as how it was written, with little to no improvisations.

  25. 70 mi da tanto

    È incredibile. Le sue mani "cresciute" come è cresciuto lui, si muovono in modo "apparentemente "incerto"... eppure le note sono quelle e così pure il sound. Un vero mito.

  26. Helpful Dan

    Can you imagine what he could do with " The Star Spangled Banner" ?

  27. onyourbikeuoldfart

    Another pig just went flying by !

  28. Fabio Magalhaes Figueiredo

    Máximo respeito 👌

  29. Ryan Hagerty

    Love to just sit around and bullshit with this dude..

  30. Aldo Bezerra

    Esse cara toca né mesmo galera?

  31. Yousef Bhoyroo

    Prince will kick ass anytime on the guitar

  32. Anton Antonson

    Of course it is nice to have an evening with Mark, when he opens up and tell some tales about his career, his life and his songs - it is fun and interresting....but I prefer him playing the whole song, in general.


    True, but there's plenty of videos of that. This is a nice change of pace. I've got a lot of time for anything Mark has to say.

  33. DPF Dpf

    The best guitar player ever!!

  34. Alexandre Monetto

    The best!!!

  35. Jose Wilson Neves

    Mark knopfler . Não toca nada . Ele brinca com a guitarra .. Talento não e pra quem quer , e pra quem já nasce

  36. free speech is no more fascism is alive and well 2

    We used to get naked to this song in the army.... SQUADRON!!!!

  37. александр масловский0

    Thank you. Fresh Rose's! What a sweet smell!

  38. Captain Charisma

    No you killed it legitimately and legally noone can shred in your provenance

  39. Name Goes Here

    Hats off to the sound guy

  40. Paul Tristan Sicangco

    Grew up with this song. Always listening to this. EVERYTIME! This song always brings me back.

  41. Edith Moreira

    Não tem pra ninguém!! MK melhor músico do planeta!!❤🇧🇷 O BRASIL ama você!!!❤❤❤❤🇧🇷🇧🇷🇧🇷🦅

  42. Michelle Apuli

    It's 2020 and still my favorite🖤💙💘

  43. Dagestanskie Ogni

    Марк ты лучший!!!👏👏👏

  44. Ramon 123

    This is the first song I remember hearing as a child. Must've been about 4 years old, it always stuck with me, especially the outro. Amazing song.

  45. Porto Porto

    Is that Paul Turner on bass?

  46. Girish Bj

    Mark when u pick up guitar no one challenges u

  47. Siquijorian Warrior

    This guy is mindblowing 😁😁😁 i like his musicality.

  48. Chris Crawley

    Thanks Mark for the music that's been apart of my life for more than 40yrs.
    (There's 3more fingers pointing back at you)

  49. Darrell Somers

    A true master of the craft

  50. Tonino Boi


  51. Patrik Costa


  52. pbesmer

    Bob Dylan should take lesson from Mark

  53. pbesmer

    Crazy about what he has to say

  54. Philip Whaley

    He's a legend!!!!!

  55. Peak Hawking Live

    3:31 the twiddly bits

  56. Jerre Correa

    Monstro !

  57. askerkaca

    god bless you

  58. by LOCAL

    As said on other page, Great guitarist!

  59. Andre Santos


  60. Adam Maccannell

    How many fingers quid ya fit?

  61. Man

    Wasim Akram is the sultan of swing..


    Got myself a vinyl player, my dad helped me set it up. And the first thing I played was Sultans of Swing

  63. Gabstar

    Mark Knopfler is just a god period

  64. Les Hogg

    Milestones. So correct . i can remember where i was the first time i heard this.

  65. Stuart Boyd

    What I would give to be able to play like that


    This comment always cracks me up?
    Why can YOU NOT play like that?
    Did you even take lessons? and do you have any idea how many musicians DO play like that and are starving?

    Morgan Schneiderlin

    mickavellian so elderly

  66. Lucas Hudson

    1:57 😍

  67. jojo aphio

    a big fan of dire strait ,

  68. Chris Bauman

    Mark deserves credit as a shred guitarist and be up there with hendrix and slash cause he definitely innovates on the guitar

  69. aziouz figuir

    That one of those giving teast to life

  70. fabian r

    too much talking👎... Just play the song damn

  71. John Dickson

    Spot on mark

  72. topgazza

    What a performer and all round good guy and what a song

  73. Cristian Angheluta

    Lionel Messi lovitura libera:)

  74. No wankers allowed

    Let your fingers do the talking yellow pages

  75. Antonio Del Manto

    Grande! Bellissima canzone!

  76. Arthur S

    Mark Knopfler is for that guys that insist to say that there is a "right way" to play the guittar. Right way is for newbies. "Make it rock", is the only thing that matters for the Sultans of Swing.

    neal kelly

    they still let George hang around

    Arthur S

    @neal kelly Sure!!!

  77. Kalin Perez

    Waoooo nunca me canso de admirar este bellisimo tema de este gran artista maestro de la guitarra

  78. Cork Boy

    He was born to do it

  79. Fer14512315

    Ох Маркуша, ты лучший, хуле тут

  80. Kurt Singer

    This reminds me of comedy for drummers by Fred Armisen. One day, I'll learn guitar, but you guys can't keep time. ;-)

  81. dargyboyProductions

    Absolute legend

  82. Easy Peasy

    "Old songs are landmarks for people and they use them..they use them to live with" Mark knopfler
    what a soul 💜🙏


    If old songs are landmarks Sultans is the Rocky Mountains (or insert your favorite massive landmark).

    William Sands

    so true but i never thought about it till right then

  83. Influx Radio

    My dad got me into you guys....never looked back!! me and mty dad time ( miss you dad) rip xxxx

  84. Reginaldo Miranda

    Engenheiro do

  85. Reginaldo Miranda


  86. Mike Shaw

    Peep the head shake at 3:19

  87. Mara hralo

    My idol guiterist

  88. mehrdad heydari

    Just look at his tone!!!!
    Incredible, sweet tone!

  89. Miltiadis Kyvernitis

    I was 13 when my life in music permanently changed. From mainstream pop, I was introduced to this song with a crazy simple rhythm section and a crazy complex yet simple solo that would ring in my head for the next 25 years everytime I would look for inspiration in music, and inspiration later on in writing music.

    That song is Sultans of Swing. It is a landmark of a song in my life because it was the song that laid the foundation for my journey into music production and the genre of heavy metal.

    I absolutely love that song. And I'm sure people who hear it for the first time all these years later do as well.

  90. James Mcrory

    Ive been watching the Live Aid concerts 1985,Absolutely EPIC!!! Bowie Heroes OMG!! U2 BAD and blooody sunday,Dire Straits,ERIC Clapton White Room JFK!!! truly amazing

  91. kretynskie gugle

    hate the wooden lot in front rows, if you'd hit me with sultans I'd be up regardles

  92. Stephan Greenway


  93. TheDefeatest

    Mark! you need a podcast! about whatever you want it to be!

  94. Girish Bj

    Didn't know guitar can make me sit in one place

  95. Fred Kerr

    Thanks for helping fill our needs over the years...

  96. Johnny Buxbom

    Every time I have moved and found a new place to live, the first song I always play is "Sultans of swing". It's not really a home before. It's just as amazing as the first time I heard it in 1978 :)

  97. JBulsara A

    I could listen to this guy all day long.