Dire Straits: Money for Nothing Meaning
Song Released: 1985
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Money for Nothing Lyrics
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Money for nothin' and chicks for free
Now that ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Lemme tell ya them guys ain't...
CaptainVegetable Feb 5th, 2009 2:39am report
The wikipedia article on the song (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Money_for_nothing) states:
"The song's lyrics are written from the point of view of a blue-collar worker watching music videos and commenting on what he sees. To achieve the effect of such a layman making such casual everyday commentary, Dire Straits' lead singer and songwriter Mark Knopfler used a vocal style known as Sprechstimme.
Knopfler described the writing of the song in a 1985 interview with critic Bill Flanagan:
'The lead character in "Money for Nothing" is a guy who works in the hardware department in a television/custom kitchen/refrigerator/microwave appliance store. He's singing the song. I wrote the song when I was actually in the store. I borrowed a bit of paper and started to write the song down in the store. I wanted to use a lot of the language that the real guy actually used when I heard him, because it was more real.'"
anonymous Oct 13th, 2006 10:04pm report
This one is about a tired worker lamenting that he should have learned the guitar, and become a star. Knopfler supposedly wrote the song while in an elecronics store, while an employee moaned about the yoyos on the mtv.
anonymous Nov 30th, 2008 11:07pm report
Everyone seems to thing "That ain't working" is referring to the fact that playing in a band isn't really working; they get money for nothing and chics for free. While this is what most people thought I tend to think "That ain't working" refers to the shitty blue collar jobs, as in, their jobs "ain't (subtext: really) working" because a much better job (or "the way to do it") would be to play guitar on MTV.
Just my thoughts. Peace.
anonymous Nov 22nd, 2017 11:39am report
I think that this song is about the consumerism in America in 1985 (the year when the song was released)
anonymous Mar 3rd, 2013 3:53pm report
Te song relates a working man's lament at the extravagant lifestyle of rock stars,who make vast amounts of money for seemingly little effort.
Interestingly, this was the first music video shown on MTV !
anonymous Dec 5th, 2012 12:49pm report
This song is about going against the popular MTV and making fun of it. In interview Mark had said he was in a tv shop when he was in the back and a worker was making fun of a singer on the music video. Mark went up to the front of the store and got a pen and paper and wrote down what the man was saying.
anonymous Sep 9th, 2009 9:31pm report
As to the first response he is talking about Elton John with the earring and the makeup and he was the first one with an airplane.
anonymous Jun 12th, 2009 6:46pm report
It was also written as a response to Motley Crue and how good they weren't.
anonymous Dec 17th, 2007 12:06pm report
I think mark knopler makes a satirical touch while jetting dawn his pen to write the song.It's automatically addressed to those tasteless workers who claim that music is a piece of cake and through this later ONE can strike it rich and become a millionaire without least talent.Thant you Mr. Knopfler for the song.
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remo_conan Sep 4th, 2006 9:45pm report
Back in the 80's blue collar workers got mad at how much money music artists made for what they considered "not working." in the song "that ain't working" is a reference to them being upset that they work hard physically and they turn on mtv and see these guys getting "money for nothing." The band wrote this song to further make them mad. "the f***ot with the earing" is what I thought Elton John since both dire straits and Elton are from the uk
anonymous Aug 14th, 2006 8:29pm report
The author was in a tv/appliance store an overheard the workers as they watched mtv - talking about how easy music artists had it. The little 'f*g*t' in the song points to prince and the way he was dressed in a video....
anonymous Jul 12th, 2006 7:50pm report
This song is about how a few foreign workers who install appliances see punk rockers on MTV. "I shoulda learned to play the guitar, I shoulda learned to play them drums" means they wish they were famous "for nothing".
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