"Girls On Film" as written by Roger Andrew Taylor, John Taylor, Andy Taylor, Nick Rhodes and Simon Le Bon....
See them walking hand in hand
Across the bridge at midnight
Heads turning as the lights flashing out
Are so bright
And walk right out to the four line track
There's a camera rolling on her back
On her back
And I sense a rhythm humming in a frenzy
All the way down her spine

Girls on film
Girls on film
Girls on film
Girls on film

Lipstick cherry all over the lens as she's falling
And miles of sharp blue water coming in
Where she lies
The diving man's coming up for air
'Cause the crowd all love pulling dolly by the hair
By the hair
And she wonders how she ever got here
As she goes under again

Girls on film (two minutes later)
Girls on film
Girls on film (got your picture)
Girls on film

Wider, baby, smile and you've just made a million
Fuses pumping live heat twisting out on a wire
Take one last glimpse into the night
I'm touching close
I'm holding bright
Holding tight
Give me shudders in a whisper
Take me up 'til I'm shooting a star

Girls on film (she's more than a lady)
Girls on film
Girls on film (two minutes later)
Girls on film
Girls on film (see you together)
Girls on film
Girls on film (see you later)
Girls on film


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"Girls on Film" as written by John Taylor Andy Taylor

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  • +2
    General CommentIt's either about models or porn, but either way, it's the same thing: exploitation and regret. I love that line - "she wonders how she ever got here as she goes under again". That's beautifully sad.
    Artemisianon December 27, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General CommentGreat song! Better than the other stuff they put out after they became mega-famous. If you want a great flashback to the early 80s, watch this video.
    monster36604on January 20, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is supposedly about exploitation of models and that is very obvious to me after listening to the lyrics. I wonder how it could possibly be taken seriously enough to be offensive. I quote the second verse:

    "Lipstick cherry all over the lens as she's falling
    And miles of sharp blue water coming in where she lies
    The diving man's coming up for air
    'Cause the crowd all love pulling Dolly by the hair
    By the hair
    And she wonders how she ever got here as she goes under again ."


    At first extremely sarcastic, and then ending with the woman's point of view. I have noticed that it is very very rare to come across a song where a man or woman writes about the opposite gender free from the filter of the sexual gaze. At least in my experience. Even artists like Springsteen are guilty of projecting their own romantic desires onto women (or men depending on who's singing). Girls on Film is guilty of this for most of the song but in that one line "And she wonders how she ever got here as she goes under again" it transcends the normal cliche which is funny. A song about exploitation and which is criticized as being extremely sexist is in that one part the least sexist of most songs I can think of.

    Also, the line "Girls on Film (two minutes later)". I can't help but laugh at that, that is so tongue-in-cheek.
    Canadaon March 30, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Commentway too much read into it there...

    its about porn
    crazycasualtyon May 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's about female models/or porn stars. exploitation.
    dark_eyez_666on July 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's about girls...on film. Never really thought about whether it was referring to exploitation or legitimate modeling. Maybe the thin line between the two? The unedited video did cause a bit of controversy, didn't it?
    logistical24on August 06, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentProbably the most straightforward lyrics ever written by Simon LeBon, probably because the chorus lyric is a hold-over from original singer Andy Wickett's time in the band. It's about the exploitation of women in the London fashion scene in the early 80's; many of which frequented the clubs the band played in before they were signed to a major label.
    bullittgton January 31, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIt's not really about models or porn exploitation. It's about snuff films. No one shoots a porn underneath a bridge at midnight or on a railroad track. A cute little song that on the surface has a good beat and a catchy hook, but is really about something twisted. Duran Duran, pure genius
    Akaneonon January 02, 2014   Link
  • 0
    General Commentif no one wants to comment on the song....at least comment on the filmclip :p
    daddioon January 31, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentYeah, if you're 13 years old, you might interpret it as a song about pr0n (who would write a song about that anyways?)...I think Canada had a decent explanation...nothing I would add.

    Cool song!
    silentexclamationon November 06, 2006   Link

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