Romeo and Juliet" was written by Mark Knopfler of Dire Straits, and appears on that band's 1980 album, "Making Movies." Amy Ray has performed it fairly regularly since at least 1987. It's always been one of my favorite DS songs, and I was pretty floored when I first heard Amy do it, so I once asked her about it. She claimed that she was inspired to cover it after she saw Dire Straits on their "Brothers in Arms" tour. She felt that the arrangement that they were using for the tour really lacked the edge of the "Making Movies" version, and she wanted to try to bring back that edge. Which she does, because her stripped-down version is PURE edge. (Personally, though, I LOVED the DS arrangement from the "Brothers in Arms" tour - I like it better than the original, in fact.) Anyway... Amy tends to improvise with this one a bit, so I just transcribed the lyrics off of "Making Movies." Romeo and Juliet. A lovestruck Romeo sings the streets a 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 give 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, whatcha 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? We 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 talks like they talk on the TV And I can't do a love song like the way its meant to be I can't do everything but I'll 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 to Bad Company All I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme Julie, I'd do the stars with you, anytime 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 Finds a convenient streetlight, steps out of the shade And says something like "You and me, babe, how 'bout it? You and me, babe, how 'bout it