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AndYrAStar
06-09-2001, 09:40 PM
In "romeo & juliet" by dire straits one of the uhh stanzas goes:

[i]and all I do is miss you and the way we used to be
all I do is keep the beat the bad company
all I do is kiss you through the bars of Orion
julie I'd do the stars with you any time[i]

the bars of orion? doing stars? eh? i haven't read the play so it might be something from it that I dn't know about.

the rest of the lyrics are at: http://www.davemcnally.com/lyrics/DireStraits/RomeoandJuliet.asp

thankee

AndYrAStar
06-09-2001, 09:41 PM
I LOVE ITALICS

WOOO

Lsura
06-09-2001, 09:59 PM
all I do is kiss you through the bars of Orion


I have to admit that I always heard that line as all I do is kiss you through the bars of this rhyme which makes about as much sense as Orion, I suppose.


I don't know what it means, though, either way. :p

Mockingbird
06-09-2001, 10:21 PM
Well, as Orion is a constellation, perhaps that means they kiss secretly at night.

The keep the beat line could mean going through the motions.

Bad company could refer to the family he belongs to, which is considered the enemy of her family.

GingerOfTheNorth
06-09-2001, 10:30 PM
AndYrAStar, do you have to understand it to enjoy it?

I don't really get this part, but the keep the beat the bad company part could refer to "Bad Company", the band.

The bars of Orion - they were star-crossed lovers.
Do the stars - I'd do anything for you, any time.

Kat
06-10-2001, 12:29 AM
I have no idea, but can I have a cookie anyway?

AndYrAStar
06-10-2001, 01:32 AM
AndYrAStar, do you have to understand it to enjoy it?yes. yes I do.

interesting theories. hmm. oh the possibilities..

::offers Kat a cookie from the cookie jar::

AndYrAStar
06-10-2001, 01:33 AM
::glares at smilie:

Spiritus Mundi
06-10-2001, 02:14 AM
First things first. http://www.lyricsfree.com

Accept no substitutes.

and all i do is miss you and the way we used to be
all i do is keep the beat and bad company
all i do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme
julie i'd do the stars with you any time

I miss you and the love we had together.
My life is reduced to music and bad company.
{I love this metaphor} I can only express my love through this song, which is both my hope to reach you and a symbol of all that keeps us apart.
Julie, I'd build a dream/seek romance/look for hope/etc. with you anytime.

AndYrAStar
06-10-2001, 02:24 AM
yay! ::gives spiritus a hug and the rest of the cookies::

Oh, um, ::gives Lsura a few crumbs for knowing the ringht words but being off by one::

:D

Spiritus Mundi
06-10-2001, 03:02 AM
Spiritus like cookies.

curwin
06-10-2001, 04:16 AM
I wonder which came first....


http://www.art-alpha.co.uk/1p/15kBB104.htm

LabRat
06-10-2001, 05:56 AM
I always assumed that the bars in that line referred to a musical staff. Kind of an eloquent way of saying "this song". BTW isn't Making Movies one of the best albums you've ever heard?

-LabRat

Rilchiam
06-10-2001, 02:59 PM
There was some Shakespeare play, can't remember what, but it wasn't R&J, that had the line, "O, kiss me through the hole in this vile wall." Troilus and Cressida, maybe? Forgive me if that isn't even Shakespeare.

Lucki Chaarms
06-10-2001, 03:05 PM
Rilch, I know that's in A Midsummer Night's Dream, in the little play where he mocks himself. I think that may also be in something else though, and he is parodying his own work.

The little interior play in AMND is clearly a parody Romeo and Juliet though. Pretty funny, too.

Lucky Charms

Rilchiam
06-10-2001, 03:48 PM
:::Rilchiam pats self on head:::

LabRat
06-10-2001, 09:27 PM
Sorry to be the voice of dissent on this one, but the play in Midsummer was Pyramis and Thisbe. It was written by Ovid almost two thousand years ago. If he was mocking R&J, he was way the hell ahead of his time.

-LabRat

garyhesson
10-30-2012, 12:36 PM
All I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme...
Bars are the segmants music is divided into...add a rhyme and you have a song

Also for anyone concerned...Sings the streets a serenade.....These words are contained in the liner notes on the original LP..."Money for Nothing"

garyhesson
10-30-2012, 12:41 PM
All I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme...you know bars=music...rhyme =lyrics..bars of a rhyme =a song

by the way...sings the streets a serenade.....Original liner notes "Money for Nothing"

Crotalus
10-30-2012, 12:45 PM
First things first. http://www.lyricsfree.com

Accept no substitutes.

I miss you and the love we had together.
My life is reduced to music and bad company.
{I love this metaphor} I can only express my love through this song, which is both my hope to reach you and a symbol of all that keeps us apart.
Julie, I'd build a dream/seek romance/look for hope/etc. with you anytime.

Spiritus nailed it. Give him a cookie.

IvoryTowerDenizen
10-30-2012, 12:48 PM
11 years old. Whoa.

Enginerd
10-30-2012, 12:49 PM
After 11 years, it's probably a little stale.

Crotalus
10-30-2012, 01:02 PM
After 11 years, it's probably a little stale.This song never gets stale.

leftfield6
10-30-2012, 01:11 PM
Knopfler is underrated as a lyricist by many. Not by me.

These mist covered mountains
Are a home now for me
But my home is the lowlands
And always will be
Some day you'll return to
Your valleys and your farms
And you'll no longer burn
To be brothers in arms

Magic, that.

Enginerd
10-30-2012, 01:11 PM
This song never gets stale.

Can't argue with that. I think I'll put it on right now.

twickster
10-30-2012, 01:25 PM
Welcome to the SDMB, garyhesson. This thread has been inactive since 2001, which will explain some of the comments people have just made.

In 2001, we did not have a separate forum for discussions on the arts; now we do, so I shall move this thither.

twickster, MPSIMS moderator

[moved MPSIMS --> Cafe Society]

panamajack
10-30-2012, 04:57 PM
Also for anyone concerned...Sings the streets a serenade.....These words are contained in the liner notes on the original LP..."Money for Nothing"

I don't know what you mean by this. The opening line is written as "a lovestruck romeo sings a streetsuss seranade" in the 1980 album Making Movies.