This has one of the greatest first lines in music if you ask me.  Particularly this version from the Sultans of Swing greatest hits album.

There’s gotta be a record of you someplace,

You gotta be on somebody’s books.

It’s not just the lyric, but the way it’s delivered in Mark Knopfler’s almost conversational way.  Every time I hear these first two lines, I have to smile.  The casual phrase and the thought behind it (“man, I’d sure like to see [insert name]“) is captivating to me, and it draws you into a song you want to be drawn into.

Because check out these lyrics, y’all.

And then you have that swaying, cantering, forward-moving guitar line toward the end.  So fantastically Knopfler.  It’s one of those lines of guitar that wants to lead you to some sort of epiphany.  Or at least a nostalgic thought.  It’s brilliant.

Knopfler proves himself to be a first-rate musician over and over again, and it still disgusts me that Dire Straits are rarely given their due. The lyrics are always casual eloquence and Mark Knopfler is a guitar god.  He doesn’t force, manipulate, or bend his guitar; he loves it and affectionately asks it to do his bidding.  So it always complies.

And you get masterful songs like this as a result.

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