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
It's been an old guitar, is all he can afford
When he gets up under the lights to play his thing

Dire Straits - Sultans of Swing lyrics meaning

Meaning

The lyrics are based on Knopfler's experience of watching a band perform in a pub in Deptford, East London:

The song was written after frontman Mark Knopfler hit up a Deptford pub around close and watched the Dixie cover band try to entertain the few drunks still there.
Rolling Stone

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