Romance? Or death obsession?

Romance? Or death obsession?

 

Shakespeare has a lot to answer for. Even all these years later. Teens in coffins doesn’t sound romantic to me. Yet his story is one of the great romances of all time. Would it be tolerated today? Does it come with an idiot waiver? “Kids. don’t do this at home. Seek help and realize love is meant for the living”?

… ROMEO

Thou detestable maw, thou womb of death,
Gorged with the dearest morsel of the earth,
Thus I enforce thy rotten jaws to open,
And, in despite, I’ll cram thee with more food!

Zeffirilli’s movie Romeo and Juliet – theme song

What is a youth?
Impetuous fire
What is a maid?
Ice and desire
The world wags on

A rose will bloom
It then will fade
So does a youth
So does the fairest maid

Comes a time when one sweet smile
Has its season for awhile
Then Love’s in love with me

Some may think only to marry
Others will tease and tarry
Mine is the very best parry
Cupid he rules us all

Caper the caper; sing me the song
Death will come soon to hush us along
Sweeter than honey and bitter as gall
Love is a past time that never will pall
Sweeter than honey and bitter as gall
Cupid he rules us all

(20-second flute interlude)

A rose will bloom, it then will fade
So does a youth
So does the fairest maid

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Forty thousand men and women everyday
Like Romeo and Juliet
Forty thousand men and women everyday
Redefine happiness
Another Forty thousand coming everyday
We can be like they are

Romeo and Juliet
Are together in eternity

H.I.M (Don’t Fear) The Reaper

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Why you die for love?
You can’t imagine what you don’t know
So here I am,
How’d I get so much in love
Led by my heart
And addicted to the thrill – oh
You come around say
You lost your love light
I’m breaking down,
Paying for my past life
Found out by all the pain that I feel

Hall & Oates – Romeo Is Bleeding

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