MONEY FOR NOTHING (B1+)

“MONEY FOR NOTHING” WAS A HIT BY DIRE STRAITS, BUT DO YOU KNOW WHAT “DIRE STRAITS” MEAN?

WATCH THE VIDEO AND SEE IF YOU UNDERSTAND WHAT THE SONG IS ABOUT

 The 4 and a half minute song is, in fact, a criticism of the music scene of  the 80s — especially glam metal which was in its hey-day.

Told from the perspective of a blue collar worker, the song  contains lyrics that discredit and dismiss the musicians and their ability such  as “See the little f*ggot [a word which is used liberally and with absolutely no  hesitation throughout the song, by the way, which according to the song writer  is actually part of the ‘point’ of the character that sings the song] with the  earring and the make-up” and comments on how their music “ain’t working”. Still,  he laments their ability to get “money for nothing, and their chicks for free.”  In the end, he decides that maybe he should learn how to play the guitar.

After all, they’re all talentless hacks anyway, right? So anybody should  be able to do it.

This song is not so much a celebration of that scene,  but it was a condemnation, then a hesitant joining of it which in of itself  becomes insulting — since joining it requires no mind, talent or heart. Money  for what the songwriter saw as quite literally “nothing”.

Read more at http://www.ranker.com/list/13-songs-that-don_t-mean-what-you-think-they-do/molly-mahan?page=2#qt8PoGrYkICYuqsU.99

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Posted on November 23, 2012, in Uncategorized. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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