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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  • +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 28, 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
  • +2
    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 07, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentway too much read into it there...

    its about porn
    crazycasualtyon May 05, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI agree totally with Canada on this. Duran Duran has always been one of those bands that's had a lot more to them than the general public gives them credit for.
    bubbleteaon September 08, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentit's about female models/or porn stars. exploitation.
    dark_eyez_666on July 16, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI just assumed it was about girls in the entertainment business in general. All "going under again" reaching for the fame.
    iDazzleron September 04, 2010   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
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    General CommentI love this songg, im 13 but i love all music:old and new. i think duran duran always have a hidden meaning to their songs. i think that this song is about the girls who want to make it as models and started out in the london modelling scene in the '80s, they will do anything to make it even to the point where they are exploited.:)<3x..
    gaga4life98on October 14, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentYou guys -- all of you -- need to watch the original, uncensored video for this song... the Night Version video. It's about porn stars, plain and simple. Pretty kinky video, too.
    mastertiger31on August 16, 2013   Link

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