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A Guide To The Meaning Of Dire Straits Songs

Posted in Dire Straits,Rock by M on June 30, 2007
“Sultans of Swing”
Mark Knopfler in the video for Dire Straits Sultans of Swing
What it seems to be about: Playing in a rock and roll band.
What it’s really about: Playing in a rock and roll band.
“Romeo and Juliet”
The video for Romeo and Juliet by Dire Straits
What it seems to be about: The star-crossed lovers of William Shakespeare’s play.
What it’s really about: A doo-wop songstress meets a guy who plays in a rock and roll band.
“Walk of Life”
Two baseball players collide in the video for Walk of Life by Dire Straits
What it seems to be about: A talented young baseball player named Johnnie who can turn all the nighttime into the day.
What it’s really about: A boy named Johnnie who plays in a rock and roll band.
“Money For Nothing”
The computer-animated dog from the video for Money For Nothing by Dire Straits
What it seems to be about: Two men who have to install microwave ovens. Custom Kitchen Deliveries.
What it’s really about: Two men who wish they played in a rock and roll band.
“Twisting By The Pool”
A woman from the video for Twisting By The Pool by Dire Straits
What it seems to be about: Twisting by the pool.
What it’s really about: Twisting by the pool.

Bonus Misinterpretation: We know Romeo makes love songs, but does that mean he’s in a band? Indeed he is—he keeps the beat of Bad Company!

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