Romeo Had Juliette

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Lou Reed

Lewis Allan "Lou" Reed (born March 2, 1942) is an American rock musician, songwriter, and photographer. He is best known as guitarist, vocalist, and principal songwriter of The Velvet Underground, and for his solo career, which has spanned several decades. Though the Velvet Underground were a comme… more »

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  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 his brains ran out on the street 
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

Written by: LOU REED


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