''I was in New York, and I was in a kitchen appliance store. There was a kitchen display in the window and there’d be a row of microwaves or, you know, cupboards and things like that, and, at the back of the store, there was a big wall of televisions all tuned to MTV. There was this a great big macho guy who worked for the store who was watching MTV, and he was saying all these great lines about, you know, “that ain’t working” you know, “that’s the way you do it”, stuff like that. This guy is the lead character of ''Money for Nothing''. He's singing the song. I wrote the song when I was actually in the store. I borrowed a bit of paper and started to write the song down in the store. I wanted to use a lot of the language that the real guy actually used when I heard him, because it was more real...'' - Mark Knopfler
''I actually used the words ''little faggot'' but there are a couple of good “motherfuckers” in there. I mean that is the way people speak. I think people still get the general idea. You can use other words that will suggest the general feel. It also has to do with the context in which a song’s received. If we walk into a hardware store and hear someone say, “Look at that motherfucker” it means nothing to us, but if you hear it in a pop song... If you hear it in New York it means nothing. If you’re living in Tallahassee then maybe it’s a different thing. There is no way that I would expect people to receive all that in the spirit in which it was intended. They’d probably think I was just being vulgar.'' - Mark Knopfler
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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