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.