Sultans Of Swing Uke tab by Dire Straits

6 Chords used in the song: dm, c, bb, a, f, a7

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Dm Dm / C C-C C / Dm Dm / C C-C C
Intro lead
Dm Dm
You get a shiver in the dark
C C Bb Bb A A
it's raining in the park but meantime
Dm Dm C C Bb Bb A A
south of the river you stop and you hold everything
F F C C
a band is blowing Dixie double four time
Bb Bb Dm Dm Bb Bb-C C
you feel alright when you hear that music ring


Dm Dm C C Bb Bb A A
(Now) you step inside but you don't see too many faces
Dm Dm C C Bb Bb A A
coming in out of the rain to (you) hear the jazz go down
F F C C
too much competition too many other places
Bb Bb Dm Dm
but not too many horns can make that sound
(But not too many horns are blowing that sound)
Bb Bb-C C
way on downsouth
Bb Bb-C C
way on downsouth
Dm Dm Dm Dm-C C-Bb Bb-C C Dm Dm-C C-Bb Bb-C C
London town

Dm Dm C C Bb Bb A A
you check out Guitar George he knows all the chords
Dm Dm C C Bb Bb A A
mind he's (his) strictly rhythm he doesn't want to make it cry or sing
F F C C
and an old guitar is all he can afford
Bb Bb Dm Dm Bb Bb-C C
when he gets up under the lights to play his thing
Dm Dm C C Bb Bb A A
(and) harry doesnb't mind if he doesn't make the scene
Dm Dm C C Bb Bb A A
he('s) got a daytime job he's doing al(l)right
F F C C
he can play honky tone just like anything
(He can play the honky tonk like anything)
Bb Bb Dm Dm Bb Bb-C C
saving it up for friday night
Bb Bb-C C
with the sultans
Dm Dm Dm Dm-C C-Bb Bb-C C
with the sultans of swing
Dm Dm-C C-Bb Bb-C C

Dm Dm C C Bb Bb A A
and a crowd of young boys they're fooling around in the corner
Dm Dm C C Bb Bb A A
drunk and dressed in their best brown baggies and their platform soles
F F C C
they don't give a damn about ('bout) any trumpet playing band
Bb Bb Dm Dm Bb Bb-C C
it ain't what they call rock and roll
Bb Bb-C C
and the sultans
Dm Dm Dm Dm-C C-Bb Bb-C C
and the sultans played creole
(Yeah the Sultans they played Creole)

Dm Dm-C C-Bb Bb-C C

Lead 1: ( chords:Follow 1 full verse)

Dm Dm C C Bb Bb A A
and then the man he steps right up to the microphone
Dm Dm C C Bb Bb A A (A7 A7)
and says at last just as the time bell rings
F F C C
thank you goodnight now it's time to go home
Bb Bb Dm Dm Bb Bb-C C
and he makes it fast with one more thing
Bb Bb-C C
we are the sultans
Dm Dm Dm Dm-C C-Bb Bb-C C
we are the sultans of swing

Dm Dm - C C - Bb Bb - C C
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About this song

"Sultans of Swing" was the first single release of the British rock band Dire Straits. It was first recorded as a demo at Pathway Studios, North London, and quickly acquired a following after it was put in the rotation at Radio London. It did not take long for the popularity to find its way to record executives, and Dire Straits were offered a contract with Phonogram, a British record company. The song was then re-recorded and released in both the United Kingdom and the United States, though the demo version remained on the original UK Vertigo single.