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Old January 18 2013, 10:05 AM   #49
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Re: First Contact Censorship?

I totally get that "Money for Nothing" is being ironic. My point was that THAT word is just as offensive as the n word to a lot of people, as it's almost always used as in invective. Some words are so loaded that using them in a pop song context—where most people don't get subtlety, let alone even understand most of the lyrics—is arguably a questionable choice. In fact, regarding this very topic...
"In fact, I'm still in two minds as to whether it's a good idea to write songs that aren't in the first person, to take on other characters."
—Mark Knopfler

from the article
Fearless Leader
Dire Straits' Mark Knopfler Takes Command
21 November 1985 Rolling Stone Magazine
Review by Ken Tucker and David Fricke
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