"Romeo And Juliet" as written by and Mark Knopfler....
A lovestruck Romeo sang the streets of serenade
Laying everybody low with a love song 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 shouldn't come around here singing up at people like that
Anyway, what you gonna do about it?"

"Juliet, the dice was 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, 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 dreamed your dream for you and now your dream is real
How can you look at me as if I was just another one of your deals?

When 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, yeah
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, Juliet?"

I can't do the talk like they talk on the 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

And all I do is miss you and the way we used to be
All I do is keep the beat and bad company
All I do is kiss you through the bars of Orion
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, 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, Juliet?"

And a lovestruck Romeo, he sang the streets of serenade
Laying everybody low with a love song that he made
Finds a convenient streetlight, steps out of the shade
He says something like, "You and me, babe, how about it?
You and me, babe, how about it?"


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"Romeo and Juliet" as written by Mark Knopfler

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    General CommentThis song is a cynical look at the love story of Romeo and Juliet had they never died. Two young lovers and one leaves the other behind.

    Beyond that I think it is about the confusion one feels when going from being treated like a person's greatest love to being an annoyance and a stranger. For Romeo it feels like a betrayal, because in an intense love people can make promises to each other that they don't understand they can't keep. "You promised me everything, you promised me thick and thin" "You said I love you like the stars above, I'll love you till I die" Now that its over, and she's moved on, Romeo is contrasting what she said then to how she acts now.

    This is a great song because so many can relate to it, its sort of weird to be the center of someone's world and then discarded like garbage later on. At the same time its an interesting take on Shakespeare. Is Romeo and Juliet a tragedy because we wanted to see them together and they died, or was it a tragedy because two young lovers foolishly let their first love get the best of them? I mean, does the intensity of a relationship really determine its value? Anyone who can relate to this song could probably question the capacity of either Romeo or Juliet to really hold up the intense relationship they were developing in the story.
    Renneton February 28, 2011   Link

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