Tunnel Of Love

Album: Making Movies (1980)
Charted: 54

Songfacts®:

  • This uptempo, unashamedly commercial song is another autobiographical Mark Knopfler composition, reminiscing about visiting the fairground at the Spanish City in Whitley Bay. As a boy, Knopfler lived in Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, about ten miles away. The fair may have been what inspired him to pursue a musical career; he said once that it was the first place he heard rock 'n' roll played really loud. It would eventually close, but for a while "Tunnel Of Love" became its unofficial anthem.
  • Although it was written solely by Knopfler, the song begins with a sample of "The Carousel Waltz" by Rogers and Hammerstein. The album version runs to 8 minutes and 8 seconds with a trademark lengthy Knopfler guitar solo; it was also issued variously as a single, but surprisingly didn't sell well.
  • A promotional copy put out by Warner Bros saw it as the B Side of "Skateway" as "TUNNEL OF LOVE - PART 1" at 4 minutes 59 seconds and "TUNNEL OF LOVE - PART 2" at 3 minutes 15 seconds; it was produced by Jimmy Iovine and Mark Knopfler, and engineered by Shelly Yakus. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    Alexander Baron - London, England, for all above

Comments: 3

  • Jerry Haskins from Hickory. N.c.Knocker is as Great A Musician As He Is Songwriter. He is Totally an Artist, Artist...
  • Steve from Philadelphia, PaMaking Movies in general and this song in particular were underrated in my opinion. For that matter...so were Dire Straits.
  • Arun from Chennai, Indiathe best version in my view, remains the one the band performed at the Alchemy Live concert.
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