I seen a girl on a one way corridor
Stealing down a wrong way street
For all the world like an urban toreador
She had wheels on on her feet
Well the cars do the usual dances
Same old cruise and the kerbside crawl
But the roller girl she's taking chances
They just love to see her take them all

No fears alone at night she's sailing through the crowd
In her ears the phones are tight and the music's playing loud

Hallelujah here she comes queen roller ball
Enchante what can I say don't care at all
You know she used to have to wait around
She used to be the lonely one
But now that she can skate around town
She's the only one

No fears alone at night she's sailing through the crowd
In her ears the phones are tight and the music's playing loud
She gets rock n roll a rock n roll station
And a rock n roll dream
She's making movies on location
She don't know what it means
But the music make her want to be the story
And the story was whatever was the song what it was
Roller girl don't worry
D.j. play the movies all night long

She tortures taxi drivers just for fun
She like to read their lips
Says toro toro taxi see ya tomorrow my son
I swear she let a big truck grease her hip
She got her own world in the city
You can't intrude on her
She got her own world in the city
'cause the city's benn so rude to her

No fears alone at night she's sailing through the crowd
In her ears the phones are tight and the music's playing loud
She gets rock n roll a rock n roll station
And a rock n roll dream
She's making movies on location
She don't know what it means
But the music make her want to be the story
And the story was whatever was the song what it was
Roller girl don't worry
D.j. play the movies all night long

Come slipping and sliding
Life's roller ball
Slipping and a sliding
Skate away that's all
Shala shalay hey hey skate away
She's going singing shala shalay hey hey
Skate away


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Skateaway Lyrics as written by Mark Knopfler

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  • +3
    General Commentincredible guitar work, but I love the echo effect on the drums even more

    fun as hell - so smooth and clean with an upbeat carefree attitude to it

    awesome
    T_D_Phoenixon March 25, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commenti'm not sure what happened to inspire this song, but it seems as if he saw a girl who had headphones on while she was skating by, and from the sight, he sparked the story of the girl, who listened to music, and dreamed she was part of the story of the songs. he immortalizes her by actually putting her in a song, one actually about her and her own story.
    Rodan2000on October 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentA great song - love the lyrics and love the musical outtro - superb.
    chrisb1on April 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is my favorite Dire Straits song. :) Toro! Toro! taxi!
    Thia007on November 23, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe overall intention is really clear.

    A couple of interesting points:
    There are two references to her being like a bullfighter/toreador. This is a role where someone faces a physically superior force and overcomes it with agility and evasion.
    There is a reference to rollerball. That is a fictional sport from the 1975 movie of the same name, and in that, also, someone uses agility to dodge threats. That was fairly recent when this song was written.

    There are numerous other quick allusions to threats to her, and that she overcomes them… "no fear alone at night," "taxi drivers," "big truck."

    Overall, the tone is of cities being threatening environments but the roller girl, like the heroes of the bullring and Rollerball, rises above it, and therefore "has her whole world in the city." Knopfler audibly laughs with glee. She's a hero for her times.
    rikdadon July 23, 2018   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis is my favorite Dire Straits song, it's just so upbeat and carefree. it reminds me of being young and free with not a care or worry in the world.
    icexeon November 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis was the first Dire Straits video I ever saw, and it just enthralled me. The music, the visuals, the words, all about this young lady who "got her own world in the city yeah". A great song!
    storysongmanon December 27, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with Rodan. she's MAKING MOVIES out of the songs she hears and becomes part of the story.
    its interesting that its the title of the album: like all the songs are actually stories for making movies out of them. to quote the album's booklet: "each song is a scenario waiting to be filmed"
    nachozon January 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI always thought this song was about a car :/
    I am not a roboton June 09, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentMy favorite song, on my favorite DS album. I’ve seen Mark Knopfle three times but he never plays this one.
    oconnoron November 03, 2017   Link

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