"Romeo and Juliet" as written by and Mark Knopfler....
A love struck romeo
Sings the streets a serenade
Now he's laying everybody low
He's got a love song that he made
He finds a streetlight
And he steps out of the shade
And says something like
"you and me, babe, how about it?"

Juliet says "hey, it's romeo!"
"you nearly give me a heart attack!"
Yeah well, he's underneath the window
Now she's singing "hey-la, my boyfriend's back"
"you shouldn't come around here
Singing up at people like that
Ah anyway, whatcha gonna do about it?"

Juliet
The dice were loaded from the start
And I bet and you exploded into my heart
And I forget, I forget the movie song
When you gonna realize
It was just that the time was wrong
Julie

We both come up on different streets
And they both were streets of shame
You know they're both dirty both mean
Yes and the dreams were the same
And I dreamed your dream for you
And now your dream is real
So tell me honey
Now how can you look at me
As if I was just another one of your deals

Now you can fall for chains of silver
And you can fall for chains of gold
You know you fall for pretty strangers
And the promises they hold
Well you promised me everything
And then you promised me thick and thin
Now you just turn away and say
"romeo, I think I used to have a scene with him."

Ah juliet
When we made love you used to cry
You said "I love you like the stars above
Gonna love you till I die"
There's a place for us
I you know this song
Now when you gonna realize
It was just that the time was wrong
Julie

But I can't do the talks like they talk on my tv screen
I can't do a love song not the way you song them to me
I can't do everything but I would do anything for you
Oh no I can't do anything except be in love with you

Yeah now and all I do is miss you
And the way it used to be you know
And all I do is keep the beat
I keep bad, bad company
And all I do is kiss you
Through the bars of a rhyme
When julie I'd do the stars with you
Anytime

Ah juliet
When we made love you used to cry
You said "I love you like the stars above
I'm gonna love you till I die"
There's a place for us
I know you know the movie song
One day we're gonna realize
It was just that the time was wrong
Julie
Julie
Julie

Now this love struck romeo
He sings the streets a serenade
Now he's laying everybody low
He's got a love song he made
He finds a convenient streetlight
And he'll step out of the shade
And he'll say something like
"you and me, babe, how 'bout it?


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"Romeo and Juliet" as written by Mark Knopfler

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  • +2
    General CommentThis is actually a cover of a Dire Straits song, and as good and Mark Knopfler is Amy Ray blows him out of the water. This is one of the most passionate recordings I have ever heard
    EZEebson February 14, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song is amazing. The Dire Straights version is awesome, but nobody does it like The Indigo Girls. Fo serious.
    LoveMeMoreThanToaston April 23, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThey are both near perfect versions of the same song. The original Dire Straits song is understated, with Mark Knopfler playing the wounded lover. Amy Ray takes it in a different direction, while still playing wounded, she adds in more anger. Take your pick- both versions are perfect in their own ways. But if you have never heard the Dire Straits original of this song, do yourself a favor and go see why the Indigo Girls loved it enough to cover it.
    gkaiseron July 24, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI haven't heard the original by Dire Straits yet, but I can't wait to see how it compares. I think the Indigo Girls version sets the standard pretty high.
    tenigeeon April 16, 2008   Link
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    Song MeaningI heard Knopfler wrote the song after a former girlfriend of his, Holly Vincent, was dismissive about their relationship ("used to have a scene with him") in an interview. So there's an element of that in the song, using Romeo and Juliet (and West Side Story, which is loosely based on the play - the "movie song" in question, "Somewhere", includes the line "there's a place for us") as a frame ("come up on different streets", "underneath the window") for the story.

    "My Boyfriend's Back" is a song by The Angels, and if memory serves me right goes something along the lines of "stop pestering me or he'll clobber ya" which makes perfect sense in the context of the song.

    So, ah, Romeo (I'll say "he" for simplicity) and Juliet are going out together, she doesn't think he's good enough - he "can't do the talk" and she's distracted by those "pretty strangers" anyway (although it's not clear if they're pre- or post- breakup); they break up. Now he still loves her, and if he can't sing it "the way it's meant to be", well, he can certainly sing it good.

    I find the "whatcha gonna do about it" line very ambiguous. She could be asking him up or she could be telling him to get lost, it's hard to tell (and no clearer in either of the D.S. versions I've heard).

    It's a great song.
    John Johnstonon February 06, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI love the Indigo Girls and I love this song, but I do not like their version. I heard the original Dire Straits version first and there is such heart ache and pain in this song. In the Indigo Girls cover , there is too much anger.
    baa04on March 04, 2013   Link

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