“Romeo and Juliet” is a rock song by the British rock band Dire Straits, written by frontman Mark Knopfler. It first appeared on the 1980 album Making Movies and was released as a single in 1981.
The lyrics of the song talk about the story of the difficult relationship of two lovers, making an ironic reinterpretation of Shakespeare’s classic, in which Romeo is presented as an almost ridiculous character and manipulated by Juliet, who sees him as one more in her family. list of love relationships. It is inspired by Mark Knopfler’s frustrated relationship with singer Holly Vincent.
“Romeo And Juliet” is one of Dire Straits’ best-known songs and is part of all of the band’s compilation albums. It is one of Mark Knopfler’s favorite songs and, said by himself, one of the ones that best represents what the sound of Dire Straits should have been in its beginnings.
– Mark Knopfler: Vocals and guitars.
– Roy Bittan: Keyboards.
– John Illsley: Bass and backing vocals.
– Pick Withers: Drums.