Romeo and Juliet...Dire Straits, 1983.
Angsty 80's songs, from the soundtrack of my life, is my theme for the A-Z challenge this year.
The question here is not only where to start, but also where to end...you know before the tears start.
When we made love you used to cry
(I think that was a good thing.)
Believe it or not, there was actually a day when the lyrics of this song just sort of ran together in the background of whatever important teenage things I was doing. I think the use of the names Romeo and Juliet probably gave me the natural reflex action of trying to tune out, like I would for anything else Shakespearean.
Eventually I came to realized that the dice were loaded from the start, but the time was wrong. Uh-oh! Parallels started being drawn. I was once again letting myself be drawn into a drama. How could she look at him like he was just another one of her deals? And what about my own story of falling in love right as high school graduation rolled around? The timing was wrong.
We ignored that possibility, and persevered! We fought the good fight for three years. I was beyond devastated to say the least when our relationship ended, and couldn't really listen to many songs without feeling them far too much.
You promised me everything
You promised me thick and thin yeah
Now you just say oh Romeo you know
I used to have a scene with him...
...You said I love you like the stars above
I'll love you 'til I die...
Months later someone stepped out of the shade and said something like "you and me babe, how 'bout it"? Suddenly the song was being sung to me with more emphasis on the happy parts, as if things never went wrong for them.
I can't do everything but I'd do anything for you
I can't do anything except be in love with you
Do I need to tell you how this one ended? Here's a hint...
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