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Making Movies

Vertigo/Warner Bros. (1980)

Album Credits

Mark Knopfler: guitar, vocals
John Illsley: bass, vocals
Pick Withers: drums, vocals

Additional Musicians
Roy Bittan: keyboards

Songs by Mark Knopfler, except for the introduction to ‘Tunnel Of Love’*
Produced by Jimmy Iovine and Mark Knopfler
Engineered by Shelly Yakus

Assistant Engineers Jeff Hendrickson and Jon Mathias
Recorded July-August 1980
Mastered by Greg Calbi
Design and artwork by Neil Terk
Photography by Brian Griffin

* Excerpt from ‘The Carousel Waltz’ composed by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II

Making Movies

  • 1. Tunnel Of Love
    getting crazy on the waltzers but it’s the life that i choose
    sing about the sixblade sing about the switchback and a torture tattoo
    and i been riding on a ghost train where the cars they scream and slam
    and i don’t know where i’ll be tonight but i’d always tell you where i am

    in a screaming ring of faces i seen her standing in the light
    she had a ticket for the races just like me she was a victim of the night
    i put a hand upon the lever said let it rock and let it roll
    i had the one arm bandit fever there was an arrow through my heart and my soul

    and the big wheel keep on turning neon burning up above
    and i’m just high on the world
    come on and take a low ride with me girl
    on the tunnel of love

    it’s just the danger when you’re riding at your own risk
    she said you are the perfect stranger she said baby let’s keep it like this
    it’s just a cakewalk twisting baby step right up and say
    hey mister give me two give me two cos any two can play

    and the big wheel keep on turning neon burning up above
    and i’m just high on the world
    come on and take a low ride with me girl
    on the tunnel of love

    well it’s been money for muscle another whirligig
    money for muscle and another girl i dig
    another hustle just to make it big
    and rockaway rockaway

    and girl it looks so pretty to me just like it always did
    like the spanish city to me when we were kids
    oh girl it looks so pretty to me just like it always did
    like the spanish city to me when we were kids

    she took off a silver locket she said remember me by this
    she put her hand in my pocket i got a keepsake and a kiss
    and in the roar of dust and diesel i stood and watched her walk away
    i could have caught up with her easy enough but something must have made me stay

    and the big wheel keep on turning neon burning up above
    and i’m just high on the world
    come on and take a low ride with me girl
    on the tunnel of love

    and now i’m searching through these carousels and the carnival arcades
    searching everywhere from steeplechase to palisades
    in any shooting gallery where promises are made
    to rockaway rockaway from cullercoats and whitley bay out to rockaway

    and girl it looks so pretty to me like it always did
    like the spanish city to me when we were kids
    girl it looks so pretty to me like it always did
    like the spanish city to me when we were kids
  • 2. Romeo And Juliet
    a lovestruck romeo sings a streetsusss serenade
    laying everybody low with a lovesong that he made
    finds a convenient streetlight steps out of the shade
    says something like you and me babe how about it?

    juliet says hey it’s romeo you nearly gimme a heart attack
    he’s underneath the window she’s singing hey la my boyfriend’s back
    you shouldn’t come around here singing up at people like that
    anyway what you gonna do about it?

    juliet the dice were loaded from the start
    and i bet and you exploded in my heart
    and i forget i forget the movie song
    when you gonna realise it was just that the time was wrong juliet?

    come up on different streets they both were streets of shame
    both dirty both mean yes and the dream was just the same
    and i dreamed your dream for you and now your dream is real
    how can you look at me as if i was just another one of your deals?

    when you can fall for chains of silver you can fall for chains of gold
    you can fall for pretty strangers and the promises they hold
    you promised me everything you promised me thick and thin
    now you just says oh romeo yeah you know i used to have a scene with him

    juliet when we made love you used to cry
    you said i love you like the stars above i’ll love you till i die
    there’s a place for us you know the movie song
    when you gonna realise it was just that the time was wrong juliet?

    i can’t do the talk like they talk on tv
    and i can’t do a love song like the way it’s meant to be
    i can’t do everything but i’d do anything for you
    i can’t do anything except be in love with you

    and all i do is miss you and the way we used to be
    all i do is keep the beat and bad company
    all i do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme
    julie i’d do the stars with you any time

    juliet when we made love you used to cry
    you said i love you like the stars above i’ll love you till i die
    and there’s a place for us you know the movie song
    when you gonna realise it was just that the time was wrong juliet?

    a lovestruck romeo sings a streetsuss serenade
    laying everybody low with a lovesong that he made
    finds a convenient streetlight steps out of the shade
    says something like you and me babe how about it?
  • 3. Skateaway
    i seen a girl on a one way corridor
    stealing down a wrong way street
    for all the world like an urban toreador
    she had wheels on on her feet
    well the cars do the usual dances
    same old cruise and the kerbside crawl
    but the rollergirl she’s taking chances
    they just love to see her take them all

    no fears alone at night she’s sailing through the crowd
    in her ears the phones are tight and the music’s playing loud

    hallelujah here she comes queen rollerball
    enchante what can i say don’t care at all
    you know she used to have to wait around
    she used to be the lonely one
    but now that she can skate around town
    she’s the only one

    no fears alone at night she’s sailing through the crowd
    in her ears the phones are tight and the music’s playing loud

    she gets rock n roll a rock n roll station
    and a rock n roll dream
    she’s making movies on location
    she don’t know what it means
    but the music make her wanna be the story
    and the story was whatever was the song what it was
    rollergirl don’t worry
    d.j. play the movies all night long

    she tortures taxi drivers just for fun
    she like to read their lips
    says toro toro taxi see ya tomorrow my son
    i swear she let a big truck graze her hip
    she got her own world in the city
    you can’t intrude on her
    she got her own world in the city
    cos the city’s been so rude to her

    come slippin and a slidin
    life’s rollerball
    slippin and a slidin
    skateaway that’s all
    shala shalay hey hey skateaway
    she’s singing shala shalay hey hey
    skateaway
  • 4. Expresso Love
    she gets the sun in the daytime
    perfume in the dusk
    and she comes out in the night time
    with the honeysuckle musk
    because she smells just like a rose
    and she tastes just like a peach
    she got me walking where the wildlife goes
    i’d do anything to reach her

    and she was made in heaven
    heaven’s in the world
    is this just expresso love
    you know i’m crazy for the girl

    she call me just to talk
    she’s my lover she’s a friend of mine
    she says hey mister you wanna take a walk
    in the wild west end sometime
    and i get trouble with my breathing
    she says boys don’t know anything
    but i know what i want
    i want everything

    well i feel so good cos i feel so good
    and i feel so good cos it feels so right
    i was made to go with my girl
    like a saxophone was made to go with the night

    and she can raise one eyebrow
    put her hand on my hip
    and i close one eye now
    sweat on her lip
    and i surrender to the fever
    she love me so tender i got to believe her
    love? expresso love’s alright

    i don’t want no sugar in it
    thank you very much
    all wired up on it all fired up on it
    expresso touch
    hey maestro expresso
    it’s just another one just like the other one
    hey maestro expresso
    is this another one just like the other one
  • 5. Hand In Hand
    the sky is crying the streets are full of tears
    rain come down wash away my fears
    and all this writing on the wall
    oh i can read between the lines
    rain come down forgive this dirty town
    rain come down and give this dirty town
    a drink of water a drink of wine

    if i been hard on you i never chose to be
    i never wanted no one else
    i tried my best to be somebody you’d be close to
    hand in hand like lovers are supposed to

    as you’d sleep i’d think my heart would break in two
    i’d kiss your cheek i’d stop myself from waking you
    but in the dark you’d speak my name
    you’d say baby what’s wrong?
    oh here i am baby i’m coming back for more
    i’m like a wave that’s got to roll into the shore
    yes and if my love’s in vain how come my love is so strong?

    now you and me go parallel together and apart
    and you keep your perfect distance and it’s tearing at my heart
    did you never feel the distance
    you never tried to cross no line
    now it’s another dirty river and another dirty scar
    and i don’t know who’s kissing you and i don’t know where you are
    so far from home don’t you think of me sometime

    sky is crying see the streets are full of tears
    rain coming down to wash away my fears
    and all this writing on the wall
    oh i can read between the lines
  • 6. Solid Rock
    well take a look at that
    i made a castle in the sand
    saying this is where it’s at you know
    couldn’t understand now
    if i realised that the chances were slim
    how come i’m so surprised when the tide rolled in

    i wanna live on solid rock
    i’m gonna live on solid rock
    i wanna give i don’t wanna be blocked
    i’m gonna live on solid rock

    well i’m sick of potential
    i’m sick of vanity now
    i’m sticking to essential reality now
    i don’t know what’s worse
    try to make a silk purse
    living an illusion living in confusion

    well a house of cards
    was never built for shock
    you could blow it down in any kind of weather
    now two solid rocks two solid blocks
    you know they’re gonna stick
    yeah they’re gonna stick together

    because the heart that you break
    that’s the one that you rely on
    the bed that you make
    that’s the one you gotta lie on
    when you point your finger cos your plan fell through
    you got three more fingers pointing back at you

    i wanna live on solid rock
    i’m gonna live on solid rock
    i wanna give i don’t wanna be blocked
    i’m gonna live on solid rock
    i’m solid rock now
  • 7. Les Boys
    les boys do cabaret
    les boys are glad to be gay
    they’re not afraid now
    disco bar in Germany
    les boys are glad to be
    upon parade now

    les boys got leather straps
    les boys got ss caps
    but they got no gun now
    get dressed up get a little risqué
    got to do a little s & m these days
    it’s all in fun now

    les boys come on again
    for the high class whores
    and the businessmen
    who drive in their mercedes benz
    to a disco bar in old munchen

    they get the jokes that the d.j. makes
    they get nervous and they make mistakes
    they’re bad for business
    some tourist take a photograph
    les boys don’t get one lough
    he says they’re useless

    late at night when they’ve gone away
    les boys dream of jean genet
    high heel shoes and a black beret
    and the posters on the wall that say
    les boys do cabaret
    les boys are glad to be gay

Did you know?

  • An earlier version of ‘Solid Rock’ was used in the 1981 film, Riding High.
  • Footage from the album recording sessions was aired in a 1980 episode of the BBC programme, Arena, including excerpts of the song ‘Making Movies’, which ultimately did not make the final track list.