Song of the Day #2,940: ‘Tunnel of Love’ – Dire Straits

makingmoviesGet out your parachute pants, Members Only jackets and shoulder pads, because we’re heading to the 80s. Specifically, 1980, as I offer up another installment of my Decades series.

Last year I featured the albums of 1972, ’82, ’92 and 2002 (starting with ’72 because it’s my birth year) and earlier this year I rewound to look at the music of 1970. My plan is to cover 1980, 1990 and 2000 before the year is through.

As before, I will start by counting down my personal favorite albums from each year before exploring the critically and commercially successful records with which I’m unfamiliar.

Compiling my personal list for 1980 was simple, because I own only five albums from the year.

Jumping right in, my #5 album of 1980 is Dire Straits’ Making Movies. Like almost all of the albums in my top five, I discovered this one long after its release. I heard the songs ‘Romeo and Juliet‘ and ‘Tunnel of Love’ on a greatest hits collection, and single ‘Skateaway‘ on the radio.

Those three songs are the highlights of this 7-track album, and they’re so good they make the record worthy of this list all by themselves. But remaining cuts ‘Espresso Love,’ ‘Hand in Hand,’ ‘Solid Rock’ and ‘Les Boys’ are all worth a listen.

[Verse 1]
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’ve 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’ve 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

[Chorus 1]
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

[Verse 2]
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 cake walk twisting baby step right up and say
Hey mister give me two give me two cos any two can play

[Chorus 1]

[Bridge]
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

[Chorus 2]
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

[Verse 3]
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 the 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

[Chorus 1]

[Verse 4]
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

[Chorus 2]

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One thought on “Song of the Day #2,940: ‘Tunnel of Love’ – Dire Straits

  1. Dana says:

    I know “Romeo and Juliet” and “Skateaway,” but not today’s song. Really need to give this album a listen the whole way through.

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