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I want my MTV
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Now look at them yo-yo's that's the way you do it
You play the guitar on the MTV
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Money for nothin' and your chicks for free
Now that ain't workin' that's 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 gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these color TV's

(See 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)

Gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchen deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
Gotta move these color TV's

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
And he's up there, what's that? Hawaiian noises?
Bangin' on the bongos like a chimpanzee
That ain't workin' that's the way you do it
Get your money for nothin' get your chicks for free

We gotta install microwave ovens
Custom kitchens deliveries
We gotta move these refrigerators
We gotta move these color TV's

Look a' here
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' and chicks for free

Money for nothin' and your chicks for free

Look at that, look at that

Money for nothin' and your chicks for free
I want my, I want my, I want my MTV
Money for nothin' and chicks for free

(Fade)
I want my, I want my, I want my MTV



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    worryknotJan 17, 2009 at 5:11 am
    It's obvious -- Mark Knopfler is making fun of the early MTV stars and their music videos. In the voice of a hard-working appliance mover and installer, he's saying there's no hard work going on with these rock stars and they're not dumb-- they may get a blister here and there (from playing guitar), but they're getting "money for nothing and chicks for free" (groupies), and maybe I "should learn to play the guitar on the MTV." Yes, some of the words are a little harsh and controversial, but this song was written tongue in cheek, and it backfired because it became a huge hit showcased on MTV with a clever music video and won a Grammy for Best Rock Performance of -- forgot the year -- in the 80s, I think. I know the purpose of these posts is writing the meaning of songs, but have you listened to this fabulous band (and Knopfler is fantastic, plays guitar beautifully[listen to Brothers in Arms by Dire Straits], does all the vocals and writes the songs)? Along with Brothers in Arms, listen to Why Worry, The Man's too Strong, Romeo and Juliet -- there are too, too many to name.
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    wfwJun 13, 2010 at 3:21 am
    The author overheard two guys talking to each other (standing in line or at a restaurant or somewhere in a public place)about how easy it was to make a living if you were in a band. They were comparing how much more effort was required to make money working in a normal type job. The discussion that was overheard was pretty close to the actual lyrics.

    I'm not sure what is offensive about this... just a couple of folks talking about how the grass is greener on the other side of the fence...

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