explain this lyric to me and get a cookie.

In “romeo & juliet” by dire straits one of the uhh stanzas goes:

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

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




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. :stuck_out_tongue:

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.

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.

I have no idea, but can I have a cookie anyway?

yes. yes I do.

interesting theories. hmm. oh the possibilities…

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

::glares at smilie:

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.

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::


Spiritus like cookies.

I wonder which came first…

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?


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.

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 pats self on head:::

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.


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”

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”

Spiritus nailed it. Give him a cookie.