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"Money for Nothing" is a song by British rock band Dire Straits, being the second track on their fifth studio album, Brothers in Arms (1985). It was released as the album's second single on 28 June 1985 through Vertigo Records.


The song's lyrics are written from the point of view of two working-class men watching music videos and commenting on what they see. The song features a guest appearance by Sting who sings the signature falsetto introduction, background vocals and a backing chorus of "I want my MTV". The groundbreaking video was the first to be aired on MTV Europe when the network launched on 1 August 1987.


It was Dire Straits' most commercially successful single, peaking at number 1 for three weeks on both the US Billboard Hot 100 and Top Rock Tracks chart and number 4 in the band's native UK. In July 1985, the month following its release, Dire Straits and Sting performed the song at Live Aid.







Lyrics


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


We gotta install microwave ovens

Custom kitchen deliveries

We gotta move these refrigerators

We 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 fun


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

You bangin' on the bongos like a chimpanzee

Oh, 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 kitchen deliveries

We gotta move these refrigerators

We gotta move these color TV's


Listen here, now that ain't workin' that's the way to 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

Money for nothin' and the chicks for free

Get your money for nothin' and chicks for free

Money for nothin' and the chicks for free (I want my, I want my MTV)

Money for nothin' and the chicks for free (I want my, I want my MTV)




Songwriters: Mark Knopfler / Gordon Sumner

Money for Nothing lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Universal Music Publishing Group

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