Saturday, July 16, 2011

How about it?

I don’t understand poetry much, but I still love the popular ones like “How do I love thee let me count the ways”, or that one by Yeats that goes “ I have spread my dreams under your feet, tread softly because you tread on my dreams”, or any of Pablo Neruda’s bittersweet poems (Because of you, in gardens of blossoming flowers I ache from the perfumes of spring. I have forgotten your face, I no longer remember your hands; how did your lips feel on mine?)

But, I am a big fan of love songs. HUGE fan. Maybe that was one reason why I was so keen on songbooks and writing down song lyrics (and eventually losing the songbook). It could be any song, any love song, sung by anyone, The Eagles or Taylor Swift or John Mayer or Zirsangzela or Maroon 5. If it has beautiful lyrics that makes you want to grab a pen and write down the lyrics, it is good enough for me.

And once in a while you come across lyrics that just blow you away. Completely. Off the seat of your pants. And sometimes the lyrics are not even that sweet or sad or melancholic. Some geniuses have a way of putting together words that just feels so right, so perfect, that you want to write that song down on a chart paper and stick it on the wall beside your bed (Actually I have done this, and I think it was a poem, don’t remember which one, it was millenia ago).

So who is this week’s lucky winner? It is an old song, well, that really depends on when you were born. Do you know that the songs we listened while growing up are now played in the Retro channel? Makes one feel ancient and old fashioned and not-with-the-times, but anyone who knows me knows I'm not really bothered about being hip and wearing the latest clothes and listening to the latest songs.

Romeo and Juliet. Dire Straits. 1980. I will not bore you with the facts like who wrote it and why and who covered it and all that stuff. Google it.

The song is soo soo sad, and, to use a word for the second time in a blogpost, bittersweet. Lost loves and people meeting at a wrong time in their lives. And the Romeo and Juliet title makes it even sadder because we all know that R&J were the personification of true love. In the song Juliet is portrayed as a fickle girl who throws away Romeo’s love. Uses him and leaves him once she tastes success and fame. And poor old Romeo roams the streets singing about the old times and serenading girls who do not want to be serenaded, much less from under a balcony.

The lyrics, oh the lyrics!

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!

And a love-struck Romeo sings a street 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?"

You and me babe, how about it?


  1. A lyric rawn dah chu a thu a thain a nalh hle tak mai a. Ka'n download dawn chhin. Thawkkhat lai chu kei pawh hlathu copy hi ka hrat khawp a, a buin ka siam tawp a. Tunah chuan internet-ah duh duhin a en theih tawh a, a awlsam ta khawp mai. Hmangaihnaah i luangliam, hmangaihna thu-ah i luangliam, hmangaihna hla-ah i luangliam.

  2. Poetry appreciation isn't an inborn skill. Like most everything else, you need to work at it. Took me literally years and years to pick it up too. Yeah, writing down song lyrics in notebooks, didn't we all do that once an Internet-less world ago? :) My all-time fave song lyrics, the one that I'd hammer onto my wall on chart paper any day, would be The Sound of Silence.

  3. I appreciate your exceptional taste in music! :) (Eagles, Zirsangzela) Eagles especially, one song lyrics that totally blew me away was their 'You're not drinking enough' That song I can swear was written by my astral projection that briefly took over Henley's body. And even though I thought I was quiet familiar with this R & J song, I'd never really listened to the lyrics. And I'm reading it now, and it breaks my heart :(

  4. I remmember being confused when I first heard Dire Straits on the radio, cos he sounded like Bob Dylan but the music was different. Then later Mark Knopfler played on Dylan's album Slowtrain Coming. They must shre the same passion for music with meaningful lyrics.Brings back good memories, thanks.

  5. Mi hi chu i va han ngaisang tak em. Ka hla duh kher kher i rawn ziah chhuah a...?? :-P Always love Dire Straits

  6. This and "Brothers in arms".. bestest Dire Strait ballads!

  7. Kan thlahin kan ngaithla ngai lo reng reng...hahaha

  8. love the mix of whimsy and melancholy in this song, and the lines "Now all I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme" has got to be (one of)the bestest lines ever written

  9. ka comment nawn leh aduh! Engemaw site ah a diklo in "bars of a rhyme" an tia, keima case ah a dik riauu a, hence etc. Lungleng eee, zin ang u!