well if I spell it out if i get it out will you hear me when I tell you about what I have to say before it gets to late its not as easy as they said it would be but there's something right about u and me something right about u and me

well you're the color of a burning book you're the color of a sideways look from an undercover cop in a comic book you're the color of a storm in june you're the color of the moon you're the color of the night that's right the color of a fight you move me you're the color of the colored part of the wizard of oz movie

were like romeo and Juliet were like 40 dogs cigarettes we're like good times that haven't happened yet but will i can tell you where were gonna be when the whole world falls into the sea we'll be livin' ever after and happily

all the boys taking you for granted tell you what they want with their eyes all slanted. I don't like the way they look at you . I don't like the way they talk too. I don't like the way they talk to you. I wouldn't let them talk to you like that.

put'um up high reach for the ceiling tell them I don't walk damnit im reelin' it aint no crime its just dreams we're stealing anything to get more of this feeling

you take the high and ill take the low well get their before you know we aint got no time to waste we got too much life to taste

were like romeo and Juliet 40 dogs and cigarettes we're like good times that haven't happened yet but will i can tell you where were gonna be when the whole world falls into the sea we'll be livin' ever after happily

sometimes you remind me of a moonbeam on the ghost of a moonbeam out on the beach down by the coast slip into the nil like the most beautiful thing ive ever seen

come out tonight come out with me baby well throw the careful into the crazy turn the sky black into a sky blue turn a closed shade into a woo hoo what I say is true make a fire i've gotta burn a few, make a fire i've gotta burn a few we can do what we want to do

were like romeo and Juliet were like 40 dogs cigarettes we're like good times that haven't happened yet but will i can tell you where we're gonna be when the whole world falls into the sea we'll be livin' ever after happily


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40 Dogs (Like Romeo & Juliet) song meanings
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    General CommentWell this is a great little pop tune that sticks in your head the first few times you here it but at the risk of sounding err stupid what’s behind “were like 40 dogs cigarettes”
    ray_killeenon October 27, 2009   Link
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    General CommentThis is song is so upbeat and sweet. I want someone to sing in to me.

    He's obviously telling her he it's not easy to spell out how he feels about her but he's going to try simply because "there's something right about you and me"

    My favorite line is, "we're like good times that haven't happened yet but will". It's like that feeling of infatuation you have in a new relationship when you can envision your relationship down the road.

    I like that he sings the lyrics a little fast and I love when I catch onto certain phrases in the songs like, "you're the color of the colored part of the wizard of oz movie", "we have too much life to taste", and "we'll throw the careful into the crazy".

    When the wizard of oz came out the color in the movie was so fascinating. aw.

    I also like the line "we're stealing anything to get more of this feeling" Their feelings are like a drug addiction.

    I am obsessed with this song right now.
    chelseahon January 23, 2010   Link
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    General Commentyeah 40 dogs are a 40 ounce beer...

    and the lyrics "make a flag ought to burn a few make a flag ought to burn a few"

    should be:

    "make a fire i've gotta burn a few, make a fire i gotta burn a few."
    jingy23on March 05, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI first heard this song about 2 and a half years ago, at a Bob show in San Francisco. I still have the live recording, and he sings 4 verses, not 3. I can't make out all the lyrics, though. Part of it goes: "...but we'll be ok, we'll be all right; like a blind man in the night; like a flower in the sun; like a dog when the day is done..."

    Has anyone else heard this extra verse? If so, what are the words?

    MartinLon April 08, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI love this song so much! I agree w/you Jingy...I think he says fire and not flag, too.

    Thanks for the explanation of the 40 Dogs Cigarettes.
    Hayley33on May 10, 2010   Link
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    General Commentyeah he sings a bunch of different versions of this song changing the lyrics quite often....crae22 is correct in the extra verse...when i got these lyrics i only had two live versions to go off of...they've changed a bit since then...
    jingy23on August 10, 2010   Link
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    General Commentwell you're the color of a burning book you're the color of a sideways look from an undercover cop in a comic book you're the color of a storm in june you're the color of the moon you're the color of the night that's right the color of a fight you move me you're the color of the colored part of the wizard of oz movie



    ...how the fuck does someone even come up with something this good. amazing to me. couldn't have described her better. "you're the color of a sideways look from an undercover cop".....so risky and exhilarating. But then shes also the color of a storm in june and the color of the moon....so beautiful. Especially the storm in June...destructively beautiful. love this song sooooo much.
    kegelevenon January 03, 2011   Link
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    General Commentwell, a couple of things I have differently..

    put'um up high reach for the ceiling tell them I don't walk damnit im reelin' it ..
    put'um up high reach for the ceiling tumbled down a wall and damnit im reelin' ..

    turn the sky black into a sky blue turn a closed shade into a woo hoo
    turn the sky black into a sky blue turn a close shave into a woo hoo (like we almost got hurt, but pulled it off at the last second)

    make a fire i've gotta burn a few
    make a fire, gotta burn it for you

    And the extra verse.. I don't have it completely, but here's my best shot.

    Clouds hang up in the sky, lives wallow in the light (or lies/liars wallow in the lie, I like that too)
    We'll be ok, we'll be alright. Like a blind man in the night.
    Like a flower in the sun, like a dog when the day is done.
    Like a bear in the forest in a rainy night, got my beehive wet, but feelin no pain.
    Take the money and I'll take the jewels. You cracked the pot, but I got the tools.
    Don't worry bout the cops, got a getaway plan, just tell her that your with the band.
    And I'll be your friendly neighborhood spiderman.

    Ain't no junkie? just hang with the monkey

    --------------------- wooooooo, bob is so freakin awesome.

    That's the best I got it. Sure it's not perfect.

    arachniddudeon May 16, 2011   Link
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    General CommentOh, and the original poster's question.. what’s behind “were like 40 dogs cigarettes”

    I think Bob's talkin about how the best relationships are far from perfect, but always spontaneous, and exciting. Where two people are super-attracted to one another for the right reasons.. you know that feeling you get in your gut, where that person just makes all the woes in your life seem insignificant and weak, and gives you almost a feeling of superiority, like being together is a magical thing like we see in the movies.. You feed off each other, and generate great memories. Life conquered through true love. And, in true bob fashion, he's babbling about a lot of silliness, and planting visions in your head to get this point across. Ok, that's probably over-analytical, but I know my wife of 16 years and I feel younger, sexier, and emboldened when we listen to bob. Like it was for us back in the day, before the kids and boring jobs.. This used to be us.. crazy and footloose, perfect for each other, in a dangerous way.

    Sooooo... to me..

    Romeo and Juliet - true undying love
    40 Dogs - utter chaos and excitement, accompanying the true undying love (or maybe just 40 oz of beer, who knows)
    Cigarettes - Addicted to one another, possibly even to a fault.







    arachniddudeon May 16, 2011   Link
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    General Comment40 dogs = a 40oz beer
    cigarettes = cigarettes.. he's saying they go together. listen to explanations of songs on his website.
    dtbudz14on July 25, 2011   Link

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