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