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Mark Knopfler: Money for Nothing

Dire Straits frontman Mark Knopfler was once asked about the origin of the line "Get your money for nothing and your chicks for free" from the band's classic song "Money for Nothing.""That came from a big meathead working in an electrical appliance store in New York," Knopfler recalled. "He was watching MTV while moving boxes. I spied on him through a little gap in the microwave section, and the lines he was coming out with were so classic that I had to write them down as fast as possible! He actually said things like, 'What's that? Hawaiian noises?' and 'Maybe get a blister on your little finger.' And then he said, 'That ain't workin'' -- little did he know!"

[Money for Nothing (Complete lyrics)Now look at them yo-yo's that's the way you do itYou play the guitar on the MTVThat ain't workin' that's the way you do itMoney for nothin' and chicks for freeNow that ain't workin' that's the way you do itLemme tell ya them guys ain't dumbMaybe get a blister on your little fingerMaybe get a blister on your thumbWe gotta install microwave ovensCustom kitchen deliveriesWe gotta move these refrigeratorsWe gotta move these color TV'sSee the little faggot with the earring and the make-upYeah buddy that's his own hairThat little faggot got his own jet airplaneThat little faggot he's millionaireWe gotta install microwawve ovensCustom kitchen deliveriesWe gotta move these refrigeratorsWe gotta move these color TV'sI shoulda learned to play the guitarI shoulda learned to play them drumsLook at that mama, she got it stickin' in the cameraMan we could have some funAnd he's up there, what's that? Hawaiian noises?Bangin' on the bongoes like a chimpanzeeThat ain't workin' that's the way you do itGet your money for nothin' get your chicks for freeWe gotta install ovensCustom kitchen deliveriesWe gotta move these refrigeratorsWe gotta move these color TV's, LordNow that ain't workin' that's the way you do itYou play the guitar on the MTVThat ain't workin' that's the way you do itMoney for nothin' get your chicks for freeMoney for nothin' get chicks for free]

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