"Rio" as written by Roger Andrew Taylor, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, Simon Le Bon and Nick Rhodes....
Moving on the floor now babe you're a bird of paradise
Cherry ice cream smile I suppose it's very nice
With a step to your left and a flick to the right
You catch that mirror way out west
You know you're something special and you look like you're the best

Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand
Just like that river twisting through a dusty land
And when she shines she really shows you all she can
Oh Rio, Rio dance across the Rio Grande

I've seen you on the beach and I've seen you on TV
Two, of a billion stars it means so much to me
Like a birthday or a pretty view
But then I'm sure that you know it's just for you

Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand
Just like that river twisting through a dusty land
And when she shines she really shows you all she can
Oh Rio, Rio dance across the Rio Grande

Hey now (wow) look at that did he nearly run you down
At the end of the drive the lawmen arrive you make me feel
Alive, alive, alive

I'll take my chance 'cause luck is on my side
I tell you something I know what you're thinking
I tell you something I know what you're thinking

Her name is Rio and she dances on the sand
Just like that river twists across a dusty land
And when she shines she really shows you all she can
Oh Rio, Rio dance across the Rio Grande

Her name is Rio, she don't need to understand
And I might find her if I'm looking like I can
Oh Rio Rio hear them shout across the land
From mountains in the north down to the Rio Grande

Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo
Doo doo doo doo doo doo doo


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"Rio" as written by John Taylor Andy Taylor

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is about the band's first trip to the USA back in 1981. Basically Rio, as well as being the Rio Grande is the personification of the country. Typical of Simon's lyrics at the time, only he knows what he's actually singing about ("You catch that mirror way out west"???)
    feduciaryon June 13, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI always figured it was about kidnapping a supermodel/pornstar. The first two verses are him obsessing in a John Hinckley-loves-Jodie Foster way, believing that him seeing her everywhere ("I've seen you on the beach and I've seen you on TV") is a sign and her sex-kitten attitude is meant just for him, and in the "at the end of the drive, the lawmen arrive, you make me feel alive...I'll take my chance, cuz luck is on my side or something..." is the thrill he's feeling after abducting this model/pornstar and running from the cops.

    Otherwise, how do the verses about police arriving fit in with a love for a woman or America?
    ProfessorKnowItAllon September 14, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General CommentDuran Duran actually cleared this up on VH1's True Spin.

    The meaning of the song is their Love of America.

    "You know your something special and you look like your the best". That is them stating how America is considered to be one of the best countries. (Even though many dis-agree)

    "And when she shines she shows you all she can" America always comes through and comes out on top. It is there way of saying we do good.

    "From mountains in the North down to the Rio Grande". It doesn't get much more plain.

    Also you have to think about an Artist and their obsession with America. America is where an Artist wants to be big. The Beatles became imortal when they stepped off that plane in America. America is an Artist's promised land.

    Also they said on the show they love America so much they are still here.
    smittie1984on January 26, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti love this song, which is kinda weird considering my playlist is full of stuff like darkthrone, slayer, and cannibal corpse.
    edgeinsbuddyon May 11, 2005   Link
  • +1
    Lyric CorrectionAt this moment, the lyrics above are for "View to a Kill", instead of "Rio"! Correct lyrics on "Rio [DVD]".
    soboton June 26, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoooh duran duran! gotta love them.
    lolitalikeslipstickon April 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentoooh duran duran! gotta love them.
    lolitalikeslipstickon April 20, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentawesome duran duran.
    weezerific:cutleryon June 18, 2003   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyet another masterpeice of duran duran, ya gotta love em
    Duranieon April 22, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI think the message that they were going after is pretty clear, if not so much in the lyrics, the video is pretty clear. Five guys trying to woo one girl (Rio) and the lyrics talk about what she looks like and how she acts. Pretty standard. From the looks of it, it seems like Rio is a star of some sort (2nd verse) and they are just trying to spend time with her, almost as their idol.

    That's just my opinion.
    Behold999on May 29, 2004   Link

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