#SLS ~ Musical Instruments

Thanks to Jim Adams, for hosting Song Lyric Sunday. I’m going to skip the Casa Cuckoo update again. There’s too Too much, and I just can’t even. I am doing okay except for being exhausted. So, let’s listen to a great song, shall we?

The prompt for this week – Songs that mention a musical instrument

As usual, several songs popped into my head. I passed on Let There Be Rock, and other obvious choices. I thought about using Spoonman, but while the video makes it obvious it’s about playing spoons as an instrument, the lyrics are a little vague. Ultimately I decided to go with a song I really like, Sultans Of Swing performed by Dire Straits, and written by singer/guitarist Mark Knopfler.

According to Wiki they recorded a demo of the song in July 1977 and BBC Radio London put it into rotation, which brought it to the attention of the Suits in the recording industry. They signed with Phonogram Records, re-recorded the song and released it as part of their self-titled debut album in May 1978 in UK, and January 1979 in US. Songfacts also has some interesting tidbits about the song if you’re interested.

I chose an audio only version of the song. There are a couple of videos that show the band performing but they omit the fifth verse, and I like the fifth verse.

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
Oh, but the horns, they’re blowing 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 wanna make it cry or sing
Left-handed 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 ‘n’ Roll”
And 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.”
Then he makes it fast with one more thing,
“We are the Sultans, we are the Sultans of Swing.”


Are you a fan of Dire Straits? What song pops into your mind for this prompt? Thanks for stopping by and I’ll see you next Sunday, if not sooner.





24 thoughts on “#SLS ~ Musical Instruments

  1. I was denied the pleasure of watching this song by the cryptic message; video unavailable in your country.
    I hope life for you slows down and gives you a chance to catch up. Hugs.

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    1. I updated and added a link to one of the videos that omits the fifth verse. I wonder if your country objects to the word Sultan ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿคท๐Ÿผโ€โ™€๏ธ Who knows anymore, right??

      It seems like a lot of people I know have been having out of the blue, intense drama lately. There’s astrology that explains it, but there’s also world events and the ongoing Kootie Saga…

      Ben has Spring Break the last week of March, so I’m hoping that April starts a new, easier chapter for me๐Ÿคž๐Ÿคž

      How are you and yours doing? Hopefully the weird drama hasn’t affected any of you… just the normal stuff๐Ÿคช๐Ÿ˜‚


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      1. Itโ€™s not anything specific that is banned but generally they donโ€™t let us play the video in our WP reader. Even the videos I post myself!!!
        We all are good. Thankfully no drama here, except political. And I ignore that. I hope the spring break goes uneventfully. Take care, hugs.

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  2. It’s a good song. I just checked to see if I know any other Dire Straits besides this and Money for Nothing. I don’t. Are you a fan of the band or just the song? As a spin instructor, I used to use Money for Nothing all the time until I read the lyrics one day…

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    1. I need to see if I know any of their songs besides those two๐Ÿ˜‚ Mostly I love this song. The guitar is great and I like songs that tell a story. It’s one of the reasons I love Jim Croce.

      I’d forgotten about the word in Money For Nothing. Green Day uses the same word in American Idiot. The radio stations bleep it, which I hate. I hate censorship. But that’s another Soap Box for another time๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚

      No song suggestion?? You usually have some cool song I’ve never heard.

      Completely unrelated,, I heard a song recently and thought “I wonder if Jeff knows this song” it’s by King Missile called “Detachable Penis” it made me laugh. There’s even a video..


            1. I wasn’t a huge fan of the 80s Heavy Metal. I knew some Iron Maiden, Judas Priest, Metallica but I was more into the mor glam stuff like Skid Row, Poison, Motley Crue… Hair Bands… pretty boys๐Ÿ˜‰๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

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  3. Excellent choice Angie. The โ€œGuitar Georgeโ€ and โ€œHarryโ€ who are mentioned in the lyrics are George Young and Harry Vanda, who were guitarists in the band The Easybeats. George Young is Angus Young’s older brother, and Harry and George helped get AC/DC recorded.

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  4. As many times as Iโ€™ve heard this great song, Iโ€™ve never read the lyrics or known the story. It gives it even more charm although I feel badly now for Knopfler having his own โ€˜Cherry Pieโ€™ song. ๐Ÿ˜‰. Spoonman was new to me so thanks for that one too! ๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐ŸŽธ๐Ÿฅ„๐Ÿค—

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    1. Unfortunately Spoonman doesnโ€™t get much play, not with all of Soundgardenโ€™s other songs. Iโ€™m glad you liked it!๐ŸŽถ๐Ÿฅณ๐Ÿ’ƒ๐Ÿผ

      I forget about Sultans Of Swing until I hear it, then I want to listen to it several times๐Ÿ˜‚ Itโ€™s just a groovy song!!

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  5. Good song! The other Dire Straits song that I like is So Far Away. I like the guitar in that one. The first line that came to my mind was from Bruce Springsteen’s Thunder Road – “I got this guitar and I learned how to make it talk.” Or I guess Billy Joel’s Piano Man – but I bet a lot of people picked that one. Well, hope all is well and you have a good week!

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    1. I actually didn’t see either, but I didn’t look at all of them. I think we all stay away from the obvious ones๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      I forgot about So Far Away. So now I can tell Jeff I know at least THREE Dire Straits songs๐Ÿ˜‚

      Thank you for checking in Robyn! Insure I speak for Jeff as well when I say we miss you!!๐Ÿค—๐Ÿฅฐ (He might not agree with the emojis๐Ÿ˜‚)
      But I totally get that you have a LOT on your plate right now.
      You know where to find me… I’ve been there, done that, got the tee shirt etc… ๐Ÿ˜‰ and the drama has been other people’s but I get pulled in. It’s exhausting to a HSP Empath, but personally I’m still good.๐Ÿ’•

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