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 like anything
Saving it up for Friday night
With the Sultans, with the Sultans of Swing

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Knopfler goes on to describe the painist, who's actually quite good, and probably has a day job. Allegedly, at the of their performance the band announced their name, "We are the Sultans of Swing." Knopfler found this amusing, given the dowdy appearance of the band and the dingy surroundings, their name was very grandiose.

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