Romeo and Juliet (6:00)

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“Romeo and Juliet” is a song by the British rock band Dire Straits, recorded in 1980. It first appeared on the album Making Movies and then on the live albums Alchemy and On the Night. It was released as a single in 1981.
The song was written by Dire Straits singer and lead guitarist Mark Knopfler.
The song opens on an arpeggiated resonator guitar part played by Knopfler, who also sings the lead vocal. The instrumentation remains simple during the verses and moves to a full-on rock arrangement in the chorus sections.

There is a good 10:05 live version here too : live version
The lyrics of the song comprise a description of a conversation between the two lovers of the title.
In addition to the obvious reference to William Shakespeare’s play of the same title, the song makes playful allusion to other works involving young love, including the songs “My Boyfriend’s Back” and “Somewhere” from West Side Story (which is itself based on the Shakespeare play).
This song was inspired by Mark Knopfler’s broken romance with Holly Vincent, leader of the band Holly and the Italians.

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A lovestruck Romeo, sings the streetside 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?

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  • abunono

    I remember I had "Making Movies" on 8 track and would play it in the car, playing this, Skateaway and Tunnel of Love at full blast .. sometimes with a doobie burning in the ashtray ... [2]

    5 May 7:23am Reply
  • Ivartist

    When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong? [2] God that line...

    7 Apr 10:23pm Reply
  • Floydies

    Juliet says hey it's Romeo you nearly gimme me a heart attack He's underneath the window she's singing hey la my boyfriend's back

    10 Mar 11:18am Reply
  • hollyheer

    Love...

    6 Jan 4:06pm Reply
  • marjo47

    Good 80s sound.

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • HayleighRayment

    Wuthering heights new vocal ears hearing what is that what ethyl mutt it just stay away from the peoples voice dancing to the beach resort to

    20 Dec 2014 Reply
  • leblayais33

    ca roule

    5 Nov 2014 Reply
  • Ivartist

    Oh god.

    18 Oct 2014 Reply
  • filmfan54

    phantastisch

    27 Sep 2014 Reply
  • ahorticulture

    ♫ You said, "I love you like the stars above, I’ll love you till I die." ♥

    12 Aug 2014 Reply
  • ledzeppelinu2

    one of the great bands of the eighties.

    30 Jun 2014 Reply
  • testinarotonda

    Dire Straits: meravigliosi, capaci di musica contagiosa!

    29 Apr 2014 Reply
  • benmalmesbury

    Never seen the video before. It's hilarious! I've stopped watching it so as not to taint the song, which is still smashing...

    17 Apr 2014 Reply
  • xtekinhax

    When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong?

    25 Mar 2014 Reply
  • Brugelida

    I want to marry this song

    15 Mar 2014 Reply
  • crash_sublime

    I remember I had "Making Movies" on 8 track and would play it in the car, playing this, Skateaway and Tunnel of Love at full blast .. sometimes with a doobie burning in the ashtray ...

    19 Feb 2014 Reply
  • bicknor

    R and J were, of course, very young. But then, we all were at one time.

    17 Feb 2014 Reply
  • sowingseeds

    fucking love this song

    6 Jan 2014 Reply
  • southstarmusic

    ♫♥♫

    2 Jan 2014 Reply
  • tomrud73

    Bob Dylan in the vocals.

    22 Nov 2013 Reply
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