A lovestruck romeo sings the streets a serenade
Laying everybody low with a lovesong that he made
Finds a streetlight steps out of the shade
Says something like you and me babe how about it?

Juliet says hey it's romeo you nearly gave me a heart attack
He's underneath the window she's singing hey la my boyfriend's back
You shoudn't come around here singing up at people like that
Anyway what you gonna do about it?

Juliet the dice were loaded from the start
And I bet and you exploded in my heart
And I forget I forget the movie song
When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong juliet?

Come up on different streets they both were streets of shame
Both dirty both mean yes and the dream was just the same
And I dream your dream for you and now your dream is real
How can you look at me as I was just another one of your deals?

Well you can fall for chains of silver you can fall for chains of gold
You can fall for pretty strangers and the promises they hold
You promised me everything you promised me thick and thin
Now you just say oh romeo yeah you know I used to have a scene with him

Juliet when we made love you used to cry
You said I love you like the stars above I'll love you till I die
There's a place for us you know the movie song
When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong?

And all I do is miss you and the way we used to be
All I do is keep the beat the bad company
All I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme
Julie I'd do the stars with you any time

Juliet when we made love you used to cry
You said I love you like the stars above Ill love you till I die
There's a place for us you know the movie song
When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong?

A lovestruck romeo sings the streets a serenade
Laying everybody low with a lovesong that he made
Finds a convenient streetlight steps out of the shade
Says something like you and me babe how about it?


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Romeo and Juliet (Dire Straits cover) song meanings
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  • +3
    General CommentA verse is missing after the six stanza:

    I can’t do the talk like they talk on TV
    And I can’t do a love song like the way it’s meant to be
    I can’t do everything but I’d do anything for you
    I can’t do anything except be in love with you

    ihnrdzon September 19, 2007   Link
  • +2
    My InterpretationI seriously created an account because I wanted to share my interpretation of this specific song. I see a movie in my head when I listen to it. Enjoy seeing it my way. :)

    "A lovestruck romeo sings the streets a serenade, laying everybody low with a lovesong that he made. Finds a streetlight steps out of the shade,says something like you and me babe how about it?"

    A man is in love with a woman from his home. He's been away but has returned for her. He's been low key until he sees her but once he sees her, he excitedly shouts declarations of his love for her through their hometown streets.

    "Juliet says, 'Hey it's Romeo. You nearly gave me a heart attack!' He's underneath the window, she's singing 'Hey la, my boyfriend's back. You shoudn't come around here singing up at people like that.
    Anyway what you gonna do about it?"

    She pretends to be startled but unimpressed by his public declarations of love for her which indicates that when he left, they were secret lovers and he left against her wishes. She felt jilted and like he was ashamed to let anyone know he had been with her because he just disappeared without ever declaring his love for her before so asks him what he intends to do this time, as if to say, "Are you just gonna leave me again?"

    "Juliet the dice were loaded from the start and I bet and you exploded in my heart, and I forget, I forget the movie song. When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong, Juliet?"

    He tells her that the odds were against them becoming a couple to begin with, which indicates they are from different class systems. Maybe he's a poor boy and she's a rich girl that he unexpectedly fell in love with but he knew it was fate. He felt such deep love for her while they were together that he wanted to be worthy of her so he left and the feelings only grew stronger while they were apart. They shared special memories and though he can't remember exact details anymore, he hopes she will forgive him and understand that he had to go away in order to grow into this man and he's proud of the love they shared.

    "Come up on different streets, they both were streets of shame, both dirty, both mean yes and the dream was just the same 'And I dream your dream for you and now your dream is real. How can you look at me as I was just another one of your deals?'"

    He reminds her that they came from different worlds and both of them were ashamed of where they came from because their lifestyles were "dirty" and "mean" in their own way but they shared the same dream to rise above their backgrounds so he went away to become the man he wanted to be, someone he is proud of and someone who is worthy of her so she could be proud of their love. He's hurt that she acts like he's no one special.

    "Well you can fall for chains of silver, you can fall for chains of gold, you can fall for pretty strangers and the promises they hold. You promised me everything, you promised me thick and thin, now you just say "Oh Romeo? Yeah, you know I used to have a scene with him."

    He tells her that she can pretend she is in love with men who are clearly not worthy of her yet denies him her love when he has earned it. He reminds her that she promised him she would always be in love with him. He's shocked she acts like he's no one special.

    "Juliet when we made love you used to cry, you said I love you like the stars above, I'll love you 'til I die. There's a place for us, you know the movie song. When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong?"

    He reminds her that they used to be intensely in love and, again, that she promised she would always love him. He tells her he knows she remembers being intensely in love with him but is angry and hurt that he left. He pleads with her to please understand and forgive him.

    "And all I do is miss you and the way we used to be, all I do is keep the beat and the bad company, all I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme. Juliet I'd do the stars with you any time."

    He tells her that he misses her and wants to be in love with her again, that all he does is try to keep going despite the bad company he's had. He tells her he's been motivated and inspired by his love for her, his actions prove it and that he'd spend forever with her if she'll let him.

    "Juliet when we made love you used to cry; you said I love you like the stars above, I'll love you 'til I die. There's a place for us, you know the movie song. When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong?"

    He reminds her again that they were intensely in love, promises he'll always love her until he dies (alluding he wants to marry her) and pleads for her to understand and forgive him again.

    "A lovestruck romeo sings the streets a serenade, laying everybody low with a lovesong that he made.
    Finds a convenient streetlight, steps out of the shade, says something like "You and me babe, how about it?"

    Humbled by her resistance, he tries again, softly declares his love and asks her if they be together again.

    The song ends leaving the listener to wonder if she took him back or not.

    Hope you enjoyed my thoughts. Thanks for reading. :)
    cgpierce09on November 20, 2011   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI want Sawdust soo badly. my friend got it for me for christmas, but it got lost XD... This song is awesome
    Stolensoulon January 15, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI saw this on Live From Abbey Road---It was AMAZING...can't begin to explain how much I loved it! One of my favourite songs of all time...but the line is All I do is kiss you through the bar of a rhyme...meaning he can only express his feelings for Juliet through his love song. Check out the song meanings in the Dire Straits section...legendary band...Brandon did so well though. x
    jessdenon February 12, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnyone know where I can download this?
    Motherwar_xxon February 20, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyou cant download onto ipod cos they didnt actually record it but go on youtube to find the video or search it on the NME website
    jessdenon February 27, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCourse they recorded it! They were in Abbey Road!!!

    Anyway, theres no commercial sales being made of it, so you can download it for free and legally from the Killers download site -

    jooksboots.proboards54.com/…

    You need to sign up, but if youre a fan - its a haven!
    killersdaveon March 09, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentyer i meant they didnt record it for commercial sales. thanks for the site, been trying to find somewhere you can download it from for ages!
    jessdenon March 22, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General Commentim confused
    Gemini616on April 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI LOVE this song. Free download ----> superblive.blogspot.com/2007/02/…
    DeFoxon May 07, 2007   Link

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