Welcome to Music Monday – Romeo and Juliet! Sometimes it’s nice to be able to combine my passions, and literature and music are certainly among the greatest. A while ago, I started thinking about how so many songs that I hear seem to fit well into the classic stories, particularly into Shakespeare. Since then I’ve been putting my shiny new spotify subscription to use and compiling playlists to accompany the Shakespeare plays that I teach, as part of my tutoring business.
The most popular, by far, is Romeo and Juliet. It’s a classic isn’t it, boy meets girl and all the angst that follows. Romeo and Juliet remains popular with teachers, schools and syllabi, so this is where I’ve decided to start.
As these playlists are compiled, I’ll post them here along with a quote from the play for each song.
|Saturday Night’s Alright For Fighting – Elton John||Theme for the Montagues and Capulets
“Two Households both alike in dignity
In fair Verona, where we lay our scene,
From ancient grudge break to new mutiny
Where civil blood makes civil hands unclean.”
|Somebody that I used to know – Gotye and Kimbra||“She hath forsworn to love, and in that vow
Do I live dead that live to tell it now” – Romeo
|Rude – MAGIC!||“Let two more summers wither in their pride
Ere we may think her ripe to be a bride.” – Lord Capulet
“Younger than she are happy mothers made…” – Paris
“And too soon marred are those so early made” – Lord Capulet
|I’m Gonna Make You Love Me – The Jayhawks||“But woo her, gentle Paris. Get her heart.
My will, to her consent, is but a part.” – Lord Capulet
|Can’t Take My Eyes Off You – Frankie Valli||“Did my heart love ’til now? Forswear it sight!
For I never saw true beauty ’til this night.” – Romeo
|Break Stuff – Limp Bizkit||“Now by the stock and honour of my kin
To strike him dead I hold it not a sin.””I will withdraw. But this intrusion shall
Now seeming sweet, convert to bitterest gall.” – Tybalt
|Shut Up And Dance – Walk The Moon||“The measure done, I’ll watch her place of stand
And, touching hers, make blessed my rude hand” – Romeo
|Can’t Help Falling in Love – Elvis Presley||“I take thee at thy word.
Call me love, and I’ll be new baptised.
Henceforth I never will be Romeo.” – Romeo
|Please Don’t Say You Love Me – Gabrielle Aplin||“Well, do not swear. Although I joy in thee,
I have no joy in this contract tonight.
It is too rash, too unadvised, too sudden;” – Juliet
|More Than Words – Extreme||“Oh, wilt thou leave me so unsatisfied?” – Romeo|
|Imagine – John Lennon||“In one respect I’ll thy assistant be.
For this alliance may so happy prove
To turn your household’s rancour to pure love” – Friar Laurence
|A View To A Kill – Duran Duran||“The day is hot, the Capels are abroad
And if we meet, we shall not ‘scape a brawl
For now, these hot days, is the mad blood stirring.” – Benvolio
|Hammer to Fall – Queen||“Romeo, the love I bear thee can afford
No better term than this: Thou art a villain” – Tybalt”Tybalt, the reason that I have to love thee
Doth much excuse the appertaining rage
To such a greeting. Villain am I none.
Therefore farewell. I see thou knowest me not.” – Romeo
|Another One Bites The Dust – Queen||O calm, dishonourable, vile submission!
Tybalt, you ratcatcher, will you walk?” – Mercutio”I am hurt.
A plague o’ both your houses! I am sped.” – Mercution”O Romeo, Romeo, brave Mercutio is dead” – Benvolio
|Too Much Love Will Kill You – Queen||“O I am fortune’s fool!” – Romeo|
|Full Of Grace – Sarah McLachlan||“Shall I speak ill of him that is my husband?” – Juliet|
|See The Sun – Dido||“I think it best you married with the County.
I think you are happy in this second match
|Father Figure – George Michael||“Happily met, my lady and my wife.” – Paris|
|Honestly OK – Dido||“Be not long to speak. I long to die
If what thou speakest speak not of remedy.” – Juliet
|Total Eclipse Of The Heart – Bonnie Tyler||“Farewell. God knows when we shall meet again.
I have a faint cold fear thrills through my veins
That almost freezes up the heat of life.
Romeo, Romeo, Romeo.
Here’s drink, I drink to thee.” – Juliet
|With Or Without You – U2||“Well, Juliet, I will lie with thee tonight.
Let’s see for means. O mischief, thou art swift
To enter in the thoughts of desperate men.” – Romeo
|Both Sides Now – Joni Mitchell||“Go, get thee hence, for I will not away.” – Juliet|
|Everybody Hurts – REM||“See what a scourge is laid upon your hate
That heaven finds means to kill your joys with love.” – Prince