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"Romeo Had Juliette"
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album _New York_
(Lou Reed, 1989)

written by Lou Reed

* with false start
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        Caught between the twisted stars
        the plotted lines the faulty map
        that brought Columbus to New York
        Betwixt between the East and West
        he calls on her wearing a leather vest
        the earth squeals and shudders to a halt
        A diamond crucifix in his ear
        is used to help ward off the fear
        that he has left his soul in someone's rented car
        Inside his pants he hides a mop
        to clean the mess that he has dropped
        into the life of lithesome Juliette Bell

        And Romeo wanted Juliette
        and Juliette wanted Romeo
        And Romeo wanted Juliette
        and Juliette wanted Romeo

        Romeo Rodriguez squares
        his shoulders and curses
        Jesus runs a comb through his black pony-tail
        He's thinking of his lonely room
        the sink that by his bed gives off a stink
        then smells her perfume in his eyes
        And her voice was like a bell

        Outside the streets were steaming
        the crack dealers were dreaming
        of an Uzi someone had just scored
        I betcha I could hit that light
        with my one good arm behind my back
        says little Joey Diaz
        Brother, give me another tote
        those downtown hoods are no damn good
        those Italians need a lesson to be taught
        This cop who died in Harlem
        you think they'd get the warnin'
        I was dancing when I saw his brains run out on the street

        And Romeo had Juliette
        and Juliette had her Romeo
        And Romeo had Juliette
        and Juliette had her Romeo

        I'll take Manhattan in a garbage bag
        with Latin written on it that says
        "It's hard to give a shit these days"
        Manhattan's sinking like a rock
        into the filthy Hudson what a shock
        they wrote a book about it
        they said it was like Ancient Rome

        The perfume burned his eyes
        holding tightly to her thighs
        And something flickered for a minute
        and then it vanished and was gone



        {D}{D/           guitar (false start)

count   {x}
intro   {A}{E}{D}{D}
        {A}{E}{D}{D}

        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (Caught between the twisted stars ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (Betwixt between the East and West ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (A diamond crucifix in his ear is ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (Inside his pants he hides a mop ...)

chorus  {A}{E}{D}{D}     (- Romeo wanted Juliette and Juliette ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (- wanted Juliette and Juliette ...)

        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (Romeo Rodriguez squares his shoulders ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (He's thinking of his lonely room ...)

guitar  {A}{E}{D}{D}     (- voice was like a bell)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}

        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (Outside the streets were steaming ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (I betcha I could hit that light ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (Brother, give me another tote ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (This cop who died in Harlem ...)

chorus  {A}{E}{D}{D}     (- Romeo had Juliette and Juliette ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (- Romeo had Juliette and Juliette ...)

        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (I'll take Manhattan in a garbage bag ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (Manhattan's sinking like a rock ...)

        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (The perfume burned his eyes ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (- flickered for a minute ...)

        {A}{E}{D}{D}
        {A}{E}{D}{D}
        {A}{E}{D}{D}
        ... fade out




* intro (left channel: Lou)

    {A}               {E}
1e -----------------------------------
2B --------------------0---x-0-2-0-x--
3G --2---x-2-----2-x---1---x-1-1-1-x--
4D --2---x-2-2h4-2-x---2---x-2-2-2-x--
5A --0---x-0-0---0-x---2---x-2-2-2-x--
6E --------------------0---x-0-0-0-x--

 {D}              {D}
----------------------------------
--3---x-3-3---3-x--3--------------
--2---x-2-2---2-x--2--------------
--0---x-0-0h4-0-x--0--------------
----------------------------------
----------------------------------

 {A}             {E}
----------------------0-x-x-2-0-x--
----------------------0-x-x-0-0-x--
--2---x-2---2-x-------1-x-x-1-1-x--
--2---x-2-4-2-x---2---2-x-x-2-2-x--
--0---x-0-0-0-x---2----------------
------------------0----------------

 {D}               {D}
----------------------------------------
--3---x-3-3---3-----3---x-3-------------
--2---x-2-2---2-----2---x-2-2h4p2-------
--0---x-0-0h4-0-4-x-0---x-0-------4p-2--
----------------------------------------
----------------------------------------




* short solo (left channel: Lou)

   - voice was like a bell
     {A}              {E}
1e ------------------------------------------
2B --10--10--10\7-5-------------7------------
3G -----------------7--5v---------5v---------
4D -----------------------7-5h7------7-7-7---
5A ------------------------------------------
6E ------------------------------------------

 {D}               {D}
------------------------------------------
--------3---3--x-3-x-3---3------------3/--
--------2-4-2--x-2-x-2---2----------------
--7\4-x-0-0-0--x-0-x-0-4-0----------------
------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------


  {A}                   {E}
----------------------------------------------
--/10--10--10-10\7-5--------------------------
---------------------7--5h7-7-5--------7-5----
--------------------------------7--5h7-----7--
----------------------------------------------
----------------------------------------------

 {D}             {D}
------------------------------------------
-------3-x-3-x-x--3---3--3---3------------
-------2-x-2-x-x--2---2--2---2------------
--7\-x-0-x-0-x-x--0h4-0--0h4-0------------
------------------------------------------
------------------------------------------



*** please note ***

h - hammer on
p - pull off
b - bend string up
r - release bend
/ - slide up
\ - slide down
v - vibrato
^ - harmonics



* other notes Lou use:

chord A part

       0   1   2   3   4   5
1e -o-||---|-o-|---|---|---|- ...
2B -o-||---|-o-|---|---|---|- ...
3G ---||---|-o-|---|-o-|---|- ...
4D ---||---|-o-|---|-o-|---|- ...
5A -o-||---|---|---|-o-|---|- ...
6E ---||---|---|---|---|---|- ...


chord E part

       0   1   2   3   4   5
1e -o-||---|-o-|---|-o-|---|- ...
2B -o-||---|-o-|---|---|---|- ...
3G ---||-o-|---|---|-o-|---|- ...
4D ---||---|-o-|---|---|---|- ...
5A ---||---|-o-|---|---|---|- ...
6E -o-||---|---|---|---|---|- ...


chord D part

       0   1   2   3   4   5
1e ---||---|-o-|-o-|---|-o-|- ...
2B ---||---|---|-o-|---|---|- ...
3G ---||---|-o-|---|-o-|---|- ...
4D -o-||---|---|---|-o-|---|- ...
5A ---||---|---|---|---|---|- ...
6E ---||---|---|---|---|---|- ...







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"Romeo Had Juliette"
(7" version)
=================================
7" single
(Lou Reed, 1989)

album _Follow Our Trax Volume II_
(Various Artists, 1989)

* remixed by Bob Rosa
(false start was edited out)
=================================



        * lyrics: same as _New York_ version



count   {x}
intro   {A}{E}{D}{D}
        {A}{E}{D}{D}

        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (Caught between the twisted stars ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (Betwixt between the East and West ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (A diamond crucifix in his ear is ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (Inside his pants he hides a mop ...)

chorus  {A}{E}{D}{D}     (- Romeo wanted Juliette and Juliette ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (- wanted Juliette and Juliette ...)

        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (Romeo Rodriguez squares his shoulders ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (He's thinking of his lonely room ...)

guitar  {A}{E}{D}{D}     (- voice was like a bell)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}

        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (Outside the streets were steaming ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (I betcha I could hit that light ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (Brother, give me another tote ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (This cop who died in Harlem ...)

chorus  {A}{E}{D}{D}     (- Romeo had Juliette and Juliette ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (- Romeo had Juliette and Juliette ...)

        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (I'll take Manhattan in a garbage bag ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (Manhattan's sinking like a rock ...)

        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (The perfume burned his eyes ...)
        {A}{E}{D}{D}     (- flickered for a minute ...)

        {A}{E}{D}{D}
        {A}{E}{D}{D}
        {A}{E}{D}{D}
        ... fade out







===================================
"Romeo Had Juliette"
===================================
album _The United States Of Poetry_
(Various Artists, 1996)

* poetry reading by Lou Reed
===================================


        Caught between the twisted stars
        The plotted lines the faulty map
        That brought Columbus to New York

        Betwixt between the East and West
        he calls on her wearing a leather vest
        The earth squeals and shudders to a halt

        A diamond crucifix in his ear
        is used to help ward off the fear
        that he has left his soul in someone's
        Rented car

        Inside his pants he hides a mop
        To clean the mess that he has dropped into the life of
        Lithesome Juliette Bell

        Romeo had Juliette
        Juliette had her Romeo

        Romeo Rodriguez
        Squares his shoulders and curses Jesus runs his
        hands his black pony-tail
        He's thinking of his lonely room the sink that by his bed
        Gives off a stink
        Then smells her perfume in his eyes
        and her voice was like a bell

        Outside the streets were steaming
        Crack dealers were dreaming of an Uzi someone had scored
        I betcha I could hit that light with my
        one good arm behind my back says little Joey Diaz

        Brother, give me another tote
        Those downtown hoods are no damn good
        those Italians need a lesson to be taught

        This cop who died in Harlem
        You think they'd get the warnin'
        I was laughing when his brains run out on the street

        And Romeo had Juliette
        And Juliette had her Romeo

        He'll take Manhattan in a garbage bag
        with Latin written on it that says
        "It's hard to give a shit these days"

        Manhattan's sinking like a rock
        into the filthy Hudson what a shock
        they wrote a book about it
        They said it was like Ancient Rome

        Perfume burned his eyes
        Holding tightly
        to her thighs and something flickered for a minute
        And then it vanished and was gone



        {D...            lyric reading with
                         guitar and keyboard improvisation
                         key in D

        {A}{F#}{A}{F#}   (Romeo had Juliette)
        {A}{F#}{F}{C}    (Juliette had her Romeo)

        {A}{F#}{A}{F#}   (Romeo Rodriguez, Squares his ...)
        {A}{F#}{F}{C}    (He's thinking of his lonely room ...)

        {A}{F#}{A}{F#}   (- like a bell, Outside the streets ...)
        {A}{F#}{F}{C}    (- dealers were dreaming of an Uzi ...)

        {A}{F#}{A}{F#}   (Brother, give me another tote ...)
        {A}{F#}{F}{C}    (This cop who died in Harlem ...)

        {A}{F#}{A}{F#}   (And Romeo had Juliette, And Juliette ...)
        {A}{F#}{F}{C}    (He'll take Manhattan in a garbage bag ...)

        {A}{F#}{A}{F#}   (Manhattan's sinking like a rock ...)
        {A}{F#}{F}{C}    (Perfume burned his eyes ...)

        {A}{F#}{A}{F#}   (- flickered for a minute ...)
        {A}{F#}{F}{C}

        {A}{F#}{A}{F#}
        {A}{F#}{F}{C}
        ... fade out




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Here's some riffs from Lou Reed's distinguished career
that aren't yet on your cool web site. I hope you enjoy them.


ROMEO HAD JULIETTE

For most of the song he plays riffs
based on the open A, E and D chords.
I think these are mostly improvised,
but the following 2 patterns recur lots of times:

A           E         D         D
e------------------0----2------2--2-
B-2--------2--0------0--3---------3-
G-2--2--4-----1-1-------2--0h2----2-
D-2-----------2---------------------
A-----------------------------------
E-----------------------------------

A           E         D         D
e-------------------0---2------2--2-
B-2--2---2----0--0---0--3---------3-
G-2-2-2-4-2---1-1-1-----2--0h2--2-2-
D-2-----------2---------------------
A-----------------------------------
E-----------------------------------

Exactly how to play these riffs
depends on how much distortion you are using.
If playing clean, play the full E, A and D chords,
if using lots of distortion play only 3 strings as shown in the tab.
To sound like the record use some distortion, but not too much.

Several other riffs happen in the spaces between the lyrics.
I think this is like one of them:

e-5h7-7-7-7-7-5-----------------5-------5-
B---------------5-7-7-7-7-7-5---7-----7-7-
G-----------------------------5-7-5h7---7-
D-------------------------------7-------7-
A-------------------------------5-------5-
E-----------------------------------------


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transcribed by Shiroh KOUCHI (wildside@mx21.tiki.ne.jp)
http://ww21.tiki.ne.jp/~wildside/
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