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Dire Straits — Romeo And Juliet
Album: Making Movies
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Released: 1980
Length: 5:39
Plays (last 30 days): 3
A lovestruck Romeo sings the streets a serenade
Laying everybody low with a love song that he made
Finds a street light, 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, then 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 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?

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 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 the 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'll do anything for you
I can't do anything 'cept 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, the bad company
And all I do is kiss you, through the bars of a rhyme
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'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 sings the streets a serenade
Laying everybody low, with a love song that he made
Find a convenient streetlight, steps out of the shade
And says something like, "You and me babe, how 'bout it?"

"You and me babe, how about it?"
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Is there an explanation anywhere on the 'Thunder Road' riff - pretty song, but I get 'Thunder Road' in my head sometimes after listening to this.
 johnnycache wrote:
Bumping to a 9 for sentimental reasons
 
Same here, but it's a 10 - and she was actually called Juliette too!
The PERFECT rock song!  Stands the test of time.  10+
 HectorPascal wrote:

Smack on SmackDaddy you eloquent ole' thing you.
 

Thanks. Now I had a new thought. This so could be Steve Forbet song. 
 johnnycache wrote:
Bumping to a 9 for sentimental reasons
 

Just a 9?

<3 <3 <3
 suesblues wrote:
nooooooooooooo, this foray into the early 80s is going just a little too far!  The Police's Message in a Bottle had some gumption, this is just plain bland, sorry.  It doesn't give any sense of passion, really, just too wet and sentimental. 
 
What a total "swing and miss".
funny - I just saw heard this on a show I was watching. If you haven't seen Goliath (on Prime), great series to binge! Great song, BTW.
Played at first concert I went to with my girlfriend in Edinburgh, 1980. Great memory!
 curious.engineer327 wrote:
Sorry, I cannot get Olivia Hussey's breasts out of my mind (we went  see this as a Sophomore HS field trip).
 
Freshman English class and yeah...i paid attention those two days for sure!!
I think the Indigo Gurlz version smokes this
 SmackDaddy wrote:
A thought while listening. This isn't a particularly extraordinary song. Nothing groundbreaking or exceptional regarding the craft of it or even the subject matter. However, like songs from the first Tom Petty album, Suzanne Vega's first hit, Tori Amos' first one, and even that Edie Brickill annoyance of a song, they were just different enough in tone and style at the time to make the stand out. Just a slight twist, turn of phrase, teak of tone, to make people stop and listen and grow to love and then over time given the label of "classic" (which I despise). Don't @ me, that slight tweak to make a song stand out is what the magic is all about.
 
Smack on SmackDaddy you eloquent ole' thing you.
Bumping to a 9 for sentimental reasons
Truly exceptional piece of work. Pulls at so many heartstrings. Tis better to have loved and lost rather than the alternative? This makes one wonder. In either case Tennyson was onto something.

You and me babe, how about it?
This ones hard for me.  My redhead highschool sweetheart...sigh.  
One of my all time faves from DS!!! Could listen to it 10,000 more times!!!
This song has great sentimental value to me.  Reminds me of my first romantic heartbreak.
Sorry, I cannot get Olivia Hussey's breasts out of my mind (we went  see this as a Sophomore HS field trip).
 SmackDaddy wrote:
A thought while listening. This isn't a particularly extraordinary song. Nothing groundbreaking or exceptional regarding the craft of it or even the subject matter. However, like songs from the first Tom Petty album, Suzanne Vega's first hit, Tori Amos' first one, and even that Edie Brickill annoyance of a song, they were just different enough in tone and style at the time to make the stand out. Just a slight twist, turn of phrase, teak of tone, to make people stop and listen and grow to love and then over time given the label of "classic" (which I despise). Don't @ me, that slight tweak to make a song stand out is what the magic is all about.
 
I'll @ you while agreeing, which is why I like this at the 9 level and maybe not the 10; Long Live RP and all the great DS/MK tracks here!!
Long Live                                                                                                                               Radio Paradise
To me this is                                                                                                                         9 -OUTSTANDING
If I was allowed to give a 10 to only 1 song, this would still be a 10
The music video for this song is just outrageously stupid... But the music! A rare 10 from me.
A thought while listening. This isn't a particularly extraordinary song. Nothing groundbreaking or exceptional regarding the craft of it or even the subject matter. However, like songs from the first Tom Petty album, Suzanne Vega's first hit, Tori Amos' first one, and even that Edie Brickill annoyance of a song, they were just different enough in tone and style at the time to make the stand out. Just a slight twist, turn of phrase, teak of tone, to make people stop and listen and grow to love and then over time given the label of "classic" (which I despise). Don't @ me, that slight tweak to make a song stand out is what the magic is all about.
8 to 9, Knopfler is just brilliant
Every TIME. My heart twists inside out.
Stunning - gets better with age (not sure whether I mean the songs age or mine!)
The first record that I brought.
A perfect masterpiece.
 DocStrangelove wrote:
Pulls every string in my heart.
{#Heartkiss}
 

Same to me!
I'm currently working late in Newcastle, UK, about 200 yards from an open-air Ed Sheeran concert at St. James' Park football stadium.

Thank you RP and Mr. Knopfler, for giving me some decent music with which I can drown him out.
 kimschoice wrote:
Bill, please play the live version.  Really adds another element to this song that has made it one of my "10"s.

 
Please?  This is such a great song.  It's got it all
Pulls every string in my heart.
{#Heartkiss}
I go right back to high school on this one. Her name was Kelly.
 freddyfender wrote:
My rule of thumb is if I get goose bumps when hearing a tune it gets a 9 or 10 (depending on goose bump height).  So I need an 11 for this song since it gives me goose bumps as well as misty eyes every time I hear it.  Thank you Mr. Knopfler!

 
I use the "goosebump index" as well, and share the "misty eyes" score with you on this one! Where's the goosebump emoji when you need it?

 

Thank you  Dire Straits
Romeo And Juliet
  is  9 - OUTSTANDING to me


Great album. I like the addition of Roy Bittan on piano.
This is stopping me in my tracks today. What a wonderful example of creative songwriting. I have heard this 500 times I bet, but today I am floored.
My rule of thumb is if I get goose bumps when hearing a tune it gets a 9 or 10 (depending on goose bump height).  So I need an 11 for this song since it gives me goose bumps as well as misty eyes every time I hear it.  Thank you Mr. Knopfler!
 stegokitty wrote:
As much as I still enjoy some of MK's solo stuff, I truly miss the Dire Straits sound.
The sad thing about so much of his modern stuff is that ... well ... it kind of all sounds the same — sort of like Irishy country folky thing.
Dire Straits band could create a new sound for each song, and I miss that.
This is just another fabulous composition from that wonderful band, and Mr Knopfler's lyrical and musical genius.

 
I think Pick Withers is what you are missing.  Or the combination of him and MK.  Withers is like Jim Keltner , subtle precision , devoid of flash.

His work on this song is killer.  Minimal snare.  perfect timing,  Almost all the rolls are a bit different just right on the money and totally driving the tempo while staying in context.

According to the Wiki, Withers quit the band stating "I fear of just becoming a rock drummer".
 
10 for the whole album
Timeless !!
 

DeemerDave wrote:
{#Guitarist}{#Good-vibes} Just beautiful

 


Mrs. Angry Old Man's Favorite. Thanks!
... steps out of the shadow of the street light, and says somethin' like, "you and me babe, how about it?"

 
One of the absolute greatest songs ever, I think. The guitar, the sentiments, the arrangement, wow. The Indigo Girls nailed it well, too~ 
PSD'd into this. Wonderful!
{#Guitarist}{#Good-vibes} Just beautiful
 kingart wrote:

Speaking of which, there is plenty of Knopfler here, and still not enough, imho. Industrial Disease, off Love Over Gold, is one of the stars of RP's lineup. Helluva of a brilliant, black comedy song with lyrics so sharp they just about cut my monitor screen. But fyi the album is not Telegraph Road but Love Over Gold. 

 
Oops.  Meant to say Telegraph Road was the song, and you're right, the album was Love Over Gold.  Whole album is fantastic.  But Industrial Disease is my least favorite song on the album.  It was the "pop" song they put on their to get radio play in the US, something they did on several albums.
As much as I still enjoy some of MK's solo stuff, I truly miss the Dire Straits sound.
The sad thing about so much of his modern stuff is that ... well ... it kind of all sounds the same — sort of like Irishy country folky thing.
Dire Straits band could create a new sound for each song, and I miss that.
This is just another fabulous composition from that wonderful band, and Mr Knopfler's lyrical and musical genius.
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Excellent song.
Apparently some dude (Shake Spear I think his name is) ripped off Knopfler's idea and wrote some cheesy romance novel of the same name.

 
Actually,  Kevin Bacon really wrote it!
 Imkirok wrote:

Telegraph Road was the album that changed how I listened to music.  It was the first time I could "see" what a song was about - MK's  storytelling is just that good.

 
Speaking of which, there is plenty of Knopfler here, and still not enough, imho. Industrial Disease, off Love Over Gold, is one of the stars of RP's lineup. Helluva of a brilliant, black comedy song with lyrics so sharp they just about cut my monitor screen. But fyi the album is not Telegraph Road but Love Over Gold. 
Just delightful.
I agree this song is very close to perfect. 10 anyway.
 Erie-T30 wrote:
Need to play the live version off of the Alchemy album it is so much better

 
Agreed.  Live version is in my top 10 —  it is THAT good
Excellent song.
Apparently some dude (Shake Spear I think his name is) ripped off Knopfler's idea and wrote some cheesy romance novel of the same name.
So, so, so much love for this song! 
Final parting riffs on the guitar. understated. perfect. MK making it look easy.
 S-curvy wrote:

Both are superb albums.  I have a super cherished Japanese pressing of "Brothers In Arms," but "Making Movies" took a mighty grip on my heart in 1980....

 
Telegraph Road was the album that changed how I listened to music.  It was the first time I could "see" what a song was about - MK's  storytelling is just that good.


Everybody in my alien space craft loves this song...

we also love this emotive cover...
 Shimmer wrote:

Only if you're reading this in 2020.

 
I once read it in 2020, meet me last Friday if you need to find out how.
How many year have I been listening to this song, and I only just got the reference to West Side Story in the lyrics? "There's a place for us..." Way too meta for me.
 nance wrote:

 
pixelpeda wrote:
This ist not only one of the best songs ever. This is also from one of the best vinyl albums ever. Starting from the great cover design going through deeply touching and genious lyrics and finally never ending in whatever this music does or has done with it's listener.

Thank you Mark Knopfler for beeing and thank you Bill for not forgetting! 

 
agree completely except my favorite album cover is brothers in arms.....

 
Both are superb albums.  I have a super cherished Japanese pressing of "Brothers In Arms," but "Making Movies" took a mighty grip on my heart in 1980....
Okay, okay.  I admit it.  I'm a romantic slob, and I continue to wish that I could sing and play this song for that special someone.  "Ma hars are still standin' on end!"
 scrubbrush wrote:
 

I know I've loved this song "fovever" but has it been 40 years already?

 
Only if you're reading this in 2020.
Need to play the live version off of the Alchemy album it is so much better
A true modern love song.Thanks the Knopfler bros for a masterpiece.{#Roflol}
"I can't do anything except be in love with you..."
one out of ten songs that I will have with me when I shipwreck in a maroon island.... 
 The_Walrus wrote:
"You can fall for pretty strangers and the promises they hold".  God, I wish I had a quid.................

 
Yep...but whatcha gonna do about it? *sigh*

Genius song. 
The night Amy Ray gave me a ride home to Agnes Scott and sang a duet with a certain someone on the way home ... Never forget ... It wasn't me ... I was in awe!
  Lacapella wrote:
Perfect.    This song has been making me cry for 40 years.....
  
Peter_Bradshaw wrote:

............ ditto
 

I know I've loved this song "fovever" but has it been 40 years already?
"You can fall for pretty strangers and the promises they hold".  God, I wish I had a quid.................
 Lacapella wrote:
Perfect.    This song has been making me cry for 40 years.....

 
............ ditto
 rmaule wrote:
The Indigo Girls version of this is so good. So good.
 
I concur...  both versions are splendiferous...  everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked all across the holy moly world like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners and B.F. Skinner...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
Perfect.    This song has been making me cry for 40 years.....

 
pixelpeda wrote:
This ist not only one of the best songs ever. This is also from one of the best vinyl albums ever. Starting from the great cover design going through deeply touching and genious lyrics and finally never ending in whatever this music does or has done with it's listener.

Thank you Mark Knopfler for beeing and thank you Bill for not forgetting! 

 
agree completely except my favorite album cover is brothers in arms.....
This is almost as good as the play.
This is just sublime.................thanks
 
 kimschoice wrote:
Bill, please play the live version.  Really adds another element to this song that has made it one of my "10"s.

 

The "On the Night" version is stellar.  But there's something quite nice about the studio version as well, especially if you're not used to hearing it.  It's kind of simple and sweet.  The live version really nails the tragedy aspect of it, though, and I guess that's what it's all about... : )
An outstanding song from an outstanding collection of music.
 LPCity wrote:
"you and me babe, how bout it"


The sound of love and my youth. 

 
nods..."yeah"
Beautiful love story as retold by Knopfler and his associates. {#Cheers}
"you and me babe, how bout it"


The sound of love and my youth. 
The Indigo Girls version of this is so good. So good.

This song is soooo good...  love it from my heart, and from every other organ in my body...
 
You exploded into my heart .....

{#Heartkiss} 
 kingart wrote:
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. This is a solid song on a solid album from a solid band and solid frontman who remains one of the great guitarists. Period. Message in a Bottle? With 58 repeats of "sending out an SOS"? There's nothing bland about this poetic rendering of failed but passionate love.
 
I'm with kingart on this one.
 suesblues wrote:
nooooooooooooo, this foray into the early 80s is going just a little too far!  The Police's Message in a Bottle had some gumption, this is just plain bland, sorry.  It doesn't give any sense of passion, really, just too wet and sentimental. 

 
NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO. This is a solid song on a solid album from a solid band and solid frontman who remains one of the great guitarists. Period. Message in a Bottle? With 58 repeats of "sending out an SOS"? There's nothing bland about this poetic rendering of failed but passionate love. 

Everybody in my church loves this song...

from the year 1594:

Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet
Act 2, Scene 2:

JULIET:
'Tis but thy name that is my enemy;
Thou art thyself, though not a Montague.
What's Montague? it is nor hand, nor foot,
Nor arm, nor face, nor any other part
Belonging to a man. O, be some other name!
What's in a name? that which we call a rose
By any other name would smell as sweet;
So Romeo would, were he not Romeo call'd,
Retain that dear perfection which he owes
Without that title. Romeo, doff thy name,
And for that name which is no part of thee
Take all myself.

 
 dputlak wrote:
Mark Knopfler has always been one of my favorite guitarists.  It may sound strange, but to me, the notes that he doesn't play are almost as good as the notes that he does play.  He keeps me wanting more.
 
Very well said...
nooooooooooooo, this foray into the early 80s is going just a little too far!  The Police's Message in a Bottle had some gumption, this is just plain bland, sorry.  It doesn't give any sense of passion, really, just too wet and sentimental. 

This song makes me feel all warm inside...  love it...
 
Mark Knopfler has always been one of my favorite guitarists.  It may sound strange, but to me, the notes that he doesn't play are almost as good as the notes that he does play.  He keeps me wanting more.
....a 7 for the music + 1 for the memories = 8 from the german jury.......well done,bill....thx...forgotten HOW good this song is....
This has alway been one of my favorite songs, understated guitar, just perfect. If you like this song, you be be pleasantly surprised at the Steve MIller Band song, "Circle of Love". There is a similar tone on Steve's 2 1/2 minute guitar solo duing the fade and I think you will enjoy it. You Tube it. I am not saying that it is better than this song, few songs are.... 
  so beautiful, still.   
This ist not only one of the best songs ever. This is also from one of the best vinyl albums ever. Starting from the great cover design going through deeply touching and genious lyrics and finally never ending in whatever this music does or has done with it's listener.

Thank you Mark Knopfler for beeing and thank you Bill for not forgetting! 
Indigo Girls' version: it's overly dramatic (is that a sexist thing to say?), but it's great.
 

avatar71 wrote:
I have to vote for the Indigo Girls version too...
 


Bill, please play the live version.  Really adds another element to this song that has made it one of my "10"s.
Poignant
Damn, does this song just hit you!? God I it is an awesome song on alcohol fumed saturday evening. Love it! Thanks paradise.
I have a new found respect for Mark Knopfler in Dire Straits, but even more so as a solo artist. This is a great tune. Never at a lost for good lyrics and expertise in the 'guitar department'. What more can one ask for...? Hey...Bob Dylan...this is how to speak/sing, dude.
 LongGoneDaddy wrote:
romeo, romeo, where for art thou romeo?
 

I'm right here!  Hope you are having a marvelous time right this minute!  Love this song...  we be dancing...




I have to vote for the Indigo Girls version too...
homeo, homeo, where for art thou homeo?
Yep, godlike
 Bosami wrote:


I thought it was:

And all I do is kiss you through the bars of Orion

No?
 
Yes...both sound beautiful
This song will ALWAYS remind me of my brother and his first and only love... they loved this song until his very last day!{#Cheers}
 bluecshells wrote:
And all I do is miss you and the way we used to be
All do is keep the beat and bad company
All I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme
Julie I'd do the stars with you any time
 
 

I thought it was:

And all I do is kiss you through the bars of Orion

No?
One of my firts LPs...I love it !!!
This is one of the most achingly beautiful songs of love and loss that I have even heard.  When I first heard this song it was about 11 or 12 years after it came out and I was in the Navy getting ready to lose my wife due to the strains of the military. It touched me very profoundly then and in fact in late 1992 I saw a concert via satellite of DS performing this song somewhere in Europe.  This song made me weep.  It was as much for the performance as the song itself.  I'll always love this song.
And all I do is miss you and the way we used to be
All do is keep the beat and bad company
All I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme
Julie I'd do the stars with you any time
 

Ahhhh....thanks RP! 
 Bobert_ParkCity wrote:

art least you make them pay!
 
I'm good for the money...

thank you Radio Paradise for playing such a wonderful song!

 
Damn, I love this song! {#Cheers}
 romeotuma wrote:


Love this song...  it is the story of my lives... sigh...

 
 
art least you make them pay!




Love this song...  it is the story of my lives... sigh...

 
my first vinyl... :)
Who doesn't love this song? An all-time fav.
love it.
ah, the memories, the pain, the joy, the music :)
Great lyrics, great music, one of the great albums. Making Movies, Brothers in Arms, and Love Over Gold — albums don't come much better than these.