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Money For Nothing by Dire Straits

Updated on June 16, 2014

Dire Straits Money For Nothing

Who can forget the performance of Money For Nothing by Dire Straits at Live Aid, with the haunting introduction to the song performed by Sting: "I Want My, I Want My MTV...".

Dire Straits were a great English rock band, formed by Mark Knopfler in 1977. The band comprised also his brother David Knopfler (guitar), John Illsley (bass), and Pick Withers (drums).

Although the band was formed in an era when punk rock ruled the charts, their unique style of Rock Music, simpler than the Classic Rock of the 1970s, woowed new audiences quickly.

Their first single Sultan's Of Swing immediately put them into the spotlight. By the time their most famous album, Brothers In Arms was released, with the single Money For Nothing which of course was recorded at Live Aid they had reached the top.

Song Lyrics: Money For Nothing by Dire Straits

Written by: Mark Knopfler from the Album: "Brothers In Arms" - 1985

I want my, I want my MTV.

I want my, I want my MTV.

I want my, I want my MTV.

I want my, I want my MTV.

Now look at them yo-yos that's the way you do it

You play the guitar on the MTV

That aint workin' that's the way you do it

Money for nothin' and your chicks for free

Now that aint workin' thats the way you do it

Lemme tell ya them guys ain't dumb

Maybe get a blister on your little finger

Maybe get a blister on your thumb

We got to install microwave ovens

Custom kitchen deliveries

We got to move these refrigerators

We got to move these colour tvs

The little faggot with the earring and the makeup

Yeah buddy that's his own hair

That little faggot got his own jet airplane

That little faggot he's a millionaire

We got to install microwave ovens

Custom kitchen deliveries

We got to move these refrigerators

We got to move these colour tvs

(got to install microwave ovens

Custom kitchen deliveries

We gotta move these refrigerators

We gotta move these colour tvs)

I shoulda learned to play the guitar

I shoulda learned to play them drums

Look at that mama, she got it stickin' in the camera

Man we could have some fun

And he's up there, what's that? hawaiian noises?

Bangin on the bongoes like a chimpanzee

That aint workin that's the way you do it

Get your money for nothin' and your chicks for free

We got to install microwave ovens

Custom kitchen deliveries

We got to move these refrigerators

We got to move these colour tvs, lord

Now that ain't workin' that's the way you do it

You play the guitar on your mtv

That ain't workin' that's the way you do it

Money for nothin' and your chicks for free

Money for nothin', chicks for free

Money for nothin', chicks for free

Money for nothin', chicks for free

Money for nothin', chicks for free...

Look at that, Look at that

I want my, I want my MTV.

I want my, I want my MTV.

I want my, I want my MTV.

I want my, I want my MTV...

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    • Iain84 profile image

      Iain84 

      6 years ago

      a brilliant band that i've only recently discovered. i particularly like Money For Nothing!

    • John Dyhouse profile image

      John Dyhouse 

      6 years ago from UK

      Great band and Mark Knopfler is a great guitarist.

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      Oosquid 

      6 years ago

      Excellent Lens about an excellent band. Saw them at Earls Court, fantastic show.

    • katiecolette profile image

      katiecolette 

      6 years ago

      Enjoyed your Dire Straits video picks, Tony.

    • MAMellott LM profile image

      MAMellott LM 

      6 years ago

      You do such a great job on your music lenses! Thanks for putting theses out there.

    • Lee Hansen profile image

      Lee Hansen 

      6 years ago from Vermont

      Oh, you got one of my faves. I loved this band, still go nuts for the music. Also have seen Mark Knopler with Eric Clapton in concert - POWER!

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      dpettigrew 

      7 years ago

      Rock on. Incredible bass lines

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Cranking up my speakers again.

    • LouisaDembul profile image

      LouisaDembul 

      7 years ago

      I grew up with Dire Straits, they are in my heart! Now I am passing it on to the next generation.

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      joanv334 

      7 years ago

      Hi! Love the band, they were MTV pioneers!

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      anonymous 

      7 years ago

      Now how have I managed to miss this! Love Dire Straights and Money for Nothing!

    • KimGiancaterino profile image

      KimGiancaterino 

      8 years ago

      This is one of my favorite music videos of all time. I used this song a lot when I was teaching aerobics.

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      WhiteOak50 

      8 years ago

      Great Job Poddy. Love the video and the song: Money for Nothing!

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      Sherry Venegas 

      8 years ago from La Verne, CA

      One of the Knopfler's is on the 10 best guitarist list. I like the song about the Telegraph Line and the Portabello Girl and love the guitar spotlights.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Great Lens I love Dire Straits Romeo and Juliet and Private Investigations just great.

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      julieannbrady 

      9 years ago

      I always loved the Dire Straits especially this particular song -- it's one of those I can identify in a couple of notes.

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      Andy-Po 

      9 years ago

      Excellent song; reminds me of my teenage years

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      Lou165 

      9 years ago from Australia

      I love this song - in fact the whole Brothers in Arms album is fantastic, one of the great albums of the 80s

    • piedromolinero profile image

      piedromolinero 

      9 years ago

      Dire Straits are such a great rock band. I still have the song "Money for Nothing" in my ears. Great lens, 5*

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Mark Knopfler is definitely my favourite guitarist of all time. The main guitar riff in this song is just so catchy, and really blows you away once the drums and bass guitar kick in. It's kind of similar to Dire Straits' "On Every Street" track in that sense.

      Here's a little bit of information for those not in the know. Knopfler uses a very unique fingerstyle playing method more like that used when playing a banjo than regular guitar fingerpicking. It involves making use of percussive pops and clicks by stricking the strings with the back of the fingernail in a downstroke motion. Those seeking to play/replicate many of his guitar pieces often overlook this vital technique, which is why many performances of Dire Straits & Mark Knopfler material rarely sound as authentic as the originals.

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      ChristiannaGarrett-Martin 

      9 years ago

      Love Dire Straits! Private Investigations and On Every Street, Romeo and Juliet, so many great tracks.

      Excellent Lens!

      Christianna

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      greenerme 

      9 years ago

      Great song, and love the band too. Who doesn't remember this video? Nice work!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Oh this song and the album have huge memories for me as I played in a tennis marathon to raise money for SportAid.

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      Mihaela Vrban 

      10 years ago from Croatia

      Dire Straits... Love them! LOL

      5* from me!

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      The Homeopath 

      10 years ago

      This brings back some memories. I WANT MY MTV!!

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