Day 124: “Romeo and Juliet” – The Killers

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Today I want suggest you a cover. On one hand because I really love the band that has desided to produce his version of this great Dire Straits’ song, in other hand because I think they did a great work, and the songs seems to be better than the orginal.

Romeo and Juliet was composed by the rock musician Mark Knopfler, Dire Straits’ voice, and is obvious it concerns the homonymous tragedy by William Shakespeare. Main theme therefore is the lost love, and the song begins with a famous guitar arpeggio with a resonator guitar, which will catch you already at the first notes.

For Killers’ song version, you can find it in Sawdust, released in 2007, which collects many b-sides, raritie, covers and remixes, incuding Shadowplay by Joy Division, and the only really new song in this album, Tranquilize, made with Lou Reed’s collaboration. A great work this cover of the band from Las Vegas, that after a work break, during which the singer Bradon Flowers and the drummer Ronnie Vannucci Jr has started their solist career, will start recording a new Killers’ album from October.

Romeo and Juliet – The Killers

NARRATOR:
A love-struck 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 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 to people like that…
Anyway, what you gonna do about it?”

ROMEO:
Juliet, the dice was loaded from the start
And I bet when 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’re both the streets of shame.
Both dirty, both mean, yes, in the dream it 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 ’til 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 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… and bad company.
Now all I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme,
Juliet, 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 ’til 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?

NARRATOR:
And a love-struck Romeo sings a street-suss serenade
Laying everybody low with a lovesong that he made
Finds a convenient streetlight, steps out of the shade
He says something like, “You and me babe, how about it?”

ROMEO:
“You and me babe, how about it?”

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