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I think this is a very complete version of this song, especially with its fills and little riffs. I also think I explain the song well. Was this info helpful? Yes No
Romeo and Juliet By Dire Straits
Written by Mark Knopfler

To play this like Mr. Knopfler, we need to tune to open G and capo on the 3rd fret. Sometimes it is good to
tune a guitar with the capo on, which will yield a better tuning that if the strings are tuned without a capo
and then the capo is added after. If you do this, make sure you have the strings too low and then tune up. I
am adding the notes of the strings with the capo on, if you're using the latter method. The best way is to
tune the strings is the following: Tune without capo, making the strings slightly lower than they should be,
then add the capo and tune each string again slightly up until they are all correct.

I would like to give massive amounts of credit to the outstanding Justin Sandercoe from www.justinguitar.com.
I have never had guitar lessons, so watching his videos has allowed me to progress immensely in my playing.If
he sees this, thank you so much. You have made such a difference in my life.

I will have the song with all the riffs where I think they should be first. If all those riffs annoy you, I
have the whole song over again, with lyrics and chords, but no riffs (expect the intro) at the end.

Open Strings (without capo):             Open Strings (with Capo):
   d                                        f
   B                                        D
   G                                        Bb
   D                                        F
   G                                        Bb
   D                                        F


There are a couple main chord shapes we will be using

F:d---4---    C:d---2---   Bb:d---0---   Dm:d---0---|        Gm:d---2---|
  B---3---      B---2---      B---0---      B--(3)--|           B---0---|
  G---2---      G---2---      G---0---      G---4---|           G---0---|
  D---4---      D---2---      D---0---      D---4---|           D---2---|
  G---2---      G---2---      G---0---      G---4---|           G---x---|
  D---0---      D---x---      D--(0)--      D--(0)--|           D---2---|


Note 1:
Between the first verse and chorus, you'll see a riff. It is often used between in this song verses and the
chorus or between sections of verses. There are various riffs like this, such as the one that Bb and C, and
the one F to Bb, and C to F. I have placed them in their respective places for only the first verse and
chorus. These are all the places that Knopfler could play them. He doesn't always, so feel free to use your
creative liberties, and play them when they feel right to you.

Note 2:
Often in this song, when transitioning between F and Dm, there is a C chord. To spice it up, you can play a
percussive string hit, play the high three strings on a C chord, hit the bass C note, and strum the next
chord. I got that from watching Justin Sandercoe. When in doubt, always watch his videos.

__________________________________________________________________________________________________________  

[INTRO]  

 |  F Shape                           | C Shape      |  Bb Shape
d|-4------------4------------(4)--(4)-----2--------2-----0-------------0--------------(0)--(0)--|
B|----------3----------------(3)--(3)-----------2-------------------0-----------------(0)--(0)--|
G|--------2----------2-------(2)--(2)--------2-------------------0-----------0--------(0)--(0)--|
D|-----4---------------------(4)--(4)--------------------------0----------------------(0)--(0)--|
G|----------------------2----(2)--(2)-----2-------------(0)-----------------------0---(0)--(0)--|
D|-0----------------------------------------------------------------------------------(0)--(0)--|

 |F (with a quick C first) Shape                     | Bb Shape                               | C to F  |
d|-------0------4------------4------------------4p2-----0-------------0-------------(0)--(0)---------0--|
B|--2h3-(3)--------------3--------------------3----2--------------0-----------------(0)--(0)----2h3-(3)-|
G|-(2)--(2)------------2----------2---------2------------------0-----------0--------(0)--(0)---(2)--(2)-|
D|------(4)---------4---------------------4------------------0----------------------(0)--(0)--------(4)-|
G|-(2)--(2)-----------------------------2--------------(0)----------------------0---(0)--(0)---(2)--(2)-|
D|--------------0--------------------0----------------------------------------------(0)--(0)------------|

|  F Shape                           | C Shape      |  Bb Shape
d|-4------------4------------(4)--(4)-----2------(2)-----0-------------0--------------(0)--(0)--|
B|----------3----------------(3)--(3)-----------2-------------------0-----------------(0)--(0)--|
G|--------2----------2-------(2)--(2)--------2-------------------0-----------0--------(0)--(0)--|
D|-----4---------------------(4)--(4)--------------------------0----------------------(0)--(0)--|
G|----------------------2----(2)--(2)-----2-------------(0)-----------------------0---(0)--(0)--|
D|-0----------------------------------------------------------------------------------(0)--(0)--|

 |F Shape                                    | Bb Shape                               | C to F  |
d|--4-2-4------------4------------------4p2-----0-------------0-------------(0)--(0)---------0--|
B|---------------3--------------------3----2--------------0-----------------(0)--(0)----2h3-(3)-|
G|-------------2---------(2)--------2------------------0-----------0--------(0)--(0)----2---(2)-|  [Repeat]
D|----------4---------------------4------------------0----------------------(0)--(0)--------(4)-|
G|------------------------------2--------------(0)----------------------0---(0)--(0)----2---(2)-|
D|-----(0)--------------------0---------------------------------------------(0)--(0)------------|




[VERSE]

F                   (C) Dm                            C F
  A lovestruck Romeo    sings the streets a serenade
                    C Dm                 Bb 
Laying everybody low    with a love song that he made

Bb to C 
d|----------------|
B|---------3--(0)-|
G|----2/4---------|
D|----------------|
G|----------------|
D|----------------|


C                                Bb C                F 
  Finds a convenient street light, steps out of the shade, says something like

  F to Bb 
d|-------------|
B|---------0---|
G|-------2-----|
D|-----4-------|
G|----2---(0)--|
D|--0-----(0)--|

  Bb                       C  
  you and me babe, how about it? 

C to F
d|-(2)-------------(4)-----|
B|-(2)--2----------(3)-----|
G|-(2)----4--0-----(2)-----|
D|-(2)----------5---4------|
G|-(2)-------------(2)-----|
D|-------------------------|

F                           C Dm                                 C F
  Juliet says hey it's Romeo,   you nearly gave me a heart attack
                          C Dm               Bb
He's underneath the window,   singing hey la my boyfriend's back

Bb to C 
d|----------------|
B|---------3------|
G|----2/4---------|
D|----------------|
G|----------------|
D|----------------|

C                                Bb  C                      F 
  you shouldn't come around here singing up to people like that

  F to Bb 
d|-------------|
B|---------0---|
G|-------2-----|
D|-----4-------|
G|----2---(0)--|
D|--0-----(0)--|

Bb                           C
  Anyway, what you gonna do about it?


[CHORUS]

F      C             Dm            (C)  Bb  (C)
Juliet, the dice was loaded from the start
      F  C          Dm            (C)  Bb  (C)
And I bet, and you exploded in my heart.
  F         Dm                  Bb 
And I forget, I forget,  the movie song

Bb to C (This time Gm) 
d|----------------|
B|---------3--(0)-|
G|----2/4---------|
D|----------------|
G|----------------|
D|----------------|

 Gm                          Bb                Dm  (C)  Bb  C F
  When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong Juliet?



Modified Intro Riff (Start at F major arpeggio)

                  | Bb Shape                               | C to F  |
d|-------------4p2-----0-------------0-------------(0)--(0)---------0--|
B|-----------3----2--------------0-----------------(0)--(0)----2h3-(3)-|
G|---------2------------------0-----------0--------(0)--(0)---(2)--(2)-|
D|-------4------------------0----------------------(0)--(0)--------(4)-|
G|-----2--------------(0)----------------------0---(0)--(0)---(2)--(2)-|
D|--0----------------------------------------------(0)--(0)------------|

|  F Shape                            |"C Shape"|  Bb Shape
d|-4------------4------------(4)--(4)-----4---2---0------------0-----|
B|----------3----------------(3)--(3)----------------------0---------|
G|--------2---------(2)------(2)--(2)--------------------0-----------|
D|-----4---------------------(4)--(4)-----------------(0)------------|
G|--------------------(2)----(2)--(2)------------(0)-----------------|
D|-0-----------------------------------------------------------------|



[VERSE]

F                             C Dm                           C F
  Come up on different streets,    both the streets of shame
                    C Dm                   Bb 
Both dirty both mean,   yes and even the dream the same
C                               Bb C                 F  
  I dreamed your dream for you and now your dream is real.

d|-------------|
B|---------0---|
G|-------2-----|
D|-----4-------|
G|----2---(0)--|
D|--0-----(0)--|

Bb                                    C  
  How can you look at me as if I was just another part of your deals
             F                        C Dm                                 C F
Well you can fall for chains of silver,    you can fall for chains of gold.
                              C  Dm               Bb
You can fall for pretty strangers   and the promises they hold
C                          Bb  C                F 
  You promised me everything,  you promised me thick and thin yeah

d|-------------|
B|---------0---|
G|-------2-----|
D|-----4-------|
G|----2---(0)--|
D|-(0)----(0)--|

Bb                                   C             
  Now you just say oh Romeo yeah, I used to have a scene with him.


[CHORUS]

    F C             Dm               Bb
Juliet when we made love you used to cry
           F                 C                Dm              Bb
You said I love you like the stars above I'll love you till I die
          F         Dm  Bb 
There's a place for us,  you know the movie song

d|----------------|
B|---------3--(0)-|
G|----2/4---------|
D|----------------|
G|----------------|
D|----------------|

 Gm                          Bb                Dm  (C)  Bb  C F
  When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong Juliet?

 |  F Shape          | Bb Shape                               | C to F  |
d|-------------4p2-----0-------------0-------------(0)--(0)---------0--|
B|-----------3----2--------------0-----------------(0)--(0)----2h3-(3)-|
G|---------2------------------0-----------0--------(0)--(0)---(2)--(2)-|
D|-------4------------------0----------------------(0)--(0)--------(4)-|
G|-----2--------------(0)----------------------0---(0)--(0)---(2)--(2)-|
D|--0----------------------------------------------(0)--(0)------------|

|  F Shape                            |"C Shape"|  Bb Shape
d|-4------------4------------(4)--(4)-----4---2---0-----------0-----|
B|----------3----------------(3)--(3)----------------------0--------|
G|--------2---------(2)------(2)--(2)--------------------0----------|
D|-----4---------------------(4)--(4)-----------------(0)-----------|
G|--------------------(2)----(2)--(2)------------(0)----------------|
D|-0----------------------------------------------------------------|


[VERSE]

F                    C Dm                         C F
  I can't do the talk,   like they talk on the tv
                          C Dm                  Bb 
And I can't do a love song,   like the way it's meant to be.

d|----------------|
B|---------3--(1)-|
G|----2/4---------|
D|----------------|
G|----------------|
D|----------------|

C                    Bb         C               F
  I can't do anything, but I'd do anything for you.

d|-------------|
B|---------0---|
G|-------2-----|
D|-----4-------|
G|----2---(0)--|
D|-(0)----(0)--|

Bb                          C  
  I cant't do anything but be in love with you.

d|-(2)-------------(4)-----|
B|-(2)--2----------(3)-----|
G|-(2)----4--0-----(2)-----|
D|-(2)----------5---4------|
G|-(2)-------------(2)-----|
D|-------------------------|

F                         C Dm                         C F
  And all I do is miss you    and the way we used to be
                         C Dm        Bb
All I do is keep the beat    and bad company.
C                     Bb  C                    F 
  All I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme

d|-------------|
B|---------0---|
G|-------2-----|
D|-----4-------|
G|----2---(0)--|
D|-(0)----(0)--|

Bb                                 C 
  Juliet I'd do the stars with you  anytime.


[CHORUS]

    F C             Dm               Bb
Juliet when we made love you used to cry
           F                 C                Dm              Bb
you said I love you like the stars above I'll love you till I die
          F         Dm Bb 
There's a place for us,  you know the movie song
 Gm                          Bb                Dm  (C)  Bb  C F
  When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong Juliet?

                  | Bb Shape                               | C to F  |
d|-------------4p2-----0-------------0-------------(0)--(0)---------0--|
B|-----------3----2--------------0-----------------(0)--(0)----2h3-(3)-|
G|---------2------------------0-----------0--------(0)--(0)---(2)--(2)-|
D|-------4-----------------(0)---------------------(0)--(0)--------(4)-|
G|-----2--------------(0)----------------------0---(0)--(0)---(2)--(2)-|
D|--0----------------------------------------------(0)--(0)------------|

|  F Shape                            |"C Shape"|  Bb Shape          
d|-4------------4------------(4)--(4)-----4---2---0-----------0---(0)--|
B|----------3----------------(3)--(3)----------------------0------(0)--|
G|--------2---------(2)------(2)--(2)--------------------0--------(0)--|   Strum Bb to F, if you desire
D|----(4)--------------------(4)--(4)-----------------(0)---------(0)--|
G|--------------------(2)----(2)--(2)------------(0)--------------(0)--|
D|-0--------------------------------------------------------------(0)--|

 |  F Shape                           | C Shape      |  Bb Shape
d|-4------------4------------(4)--(4)-----2--------2-----0-------------0--------------(0)--(0)--|
B|----------3----------------(3)--(3)-----------2-------------------0-----------------(0)--(0)--|
G|--------2---------(2)------(2)--(2)--------2-------------------0-----------0--------(0)--(0)--|
D|----(4)--------------------(4)--(4)--------------------------0----------------------(0)--(0)--|
G|---------------------(2)---(2)--(2)-----2-------------(0)-----------------------0---(0)--(0)--|
D|-0----------------------------------------------------------------------------------(0)--(0)--|

 |F (with a quick C first) Shape               |                               
d|-------0------4------------4-------(4)--(4)---4--2--4----2--0----------|
B|--2h3-(3)--------------3-----------(3)--(3)--------------------0-------|
G|-(2)--(2)------------2--------(2)--(2)--(2)-----------------------2----|
D|------(4)---------4----------------(4)--(4)----------------------------|
G|-(2)--(2)--------------------------(2)--(2)----------------------------|
D|--------------0--------------------------------------------------------|

[VERSE]

F                   C Dm                            C F
  A lovestruck Romeo    sings the streets a serenade
                    C Dm                 Bb 
Laying everybody low    with a love song that he made
C                                Bb C                F 
  Finds a convenient street light, steps out of the shade
                   
Says something like

d|-------------|
B|---------0---|
G|-------2-----|
D|-----4-------|
G|----2---(0)--|
D|-(0)----(0)--|

 Bb                   C
  you and me babe, how about it? 


[OUTRO]

Bb         C

_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________
_____________________________________________________________________________________________________________

                                               SONG WITHOUT RIFFS

[INTRO]  

 |  F Shape                           | C Shape      |  Bb Shape
d|-4------------4------------(4)--(4)-----2--------2-----0-------------0--------------(0)--(0)--|
B|----------3----------------(3)--(3)-----------2-------------------0-----------------(0)--(0)--|
G|--------2----------2-------(2)--(2)--------2-------------------0-----------0--------(0)--(0)--|
D|-----4---------------------(4)--(4)--------------------------0----------------------(0)--(0)--|
G|----------------------2----(2)--(2)-----2-------------(0)-----------------------0---(0)--(0)--|
D|-0----------------------------------------------------------------------------------(0)--(0)--|

 |F (with a quick C first) Shape                     | Bb Shape                               | C to F  |
d|-------0------4------------4------------------4p2-----0-------------0-------------(0)--(0)---------0--|
B|--2h3-(3)--------------3--------------------3----2--------------0-----------------(0)--(0)----2h3-(3)-|
G|-(2)--(2)------------2----------2---------2------------------0-----------0--------(0)--(0)---(2)--(2)-|
D|------(4)---------4---------------------4------------------0----------------------(0)--(0)--------(4)-|
G|-(2)--(2)-----------------------------2--------------(0)----------------------0---(0)--(0)---(2)--(2)-|
D|--------------0--------------------0----------------------------------------------(0)--(0)------------|

|  F Shape                           | C Shape      |  Bb Shape
d|-4------------4------------(4)--(4)-----2------(2)-----0-------------0--------------(0)--(0)--|
B|----------3----------------(3)--(3)-----------2-------------------0-----------------(0)--(0)--|
G|--------2----------2-------(2)--(2)--------2-------------------0-----------0--------(0)--(0)--|
D|-----4---------------------(4)--(4)--------------------------0----------------------(0)--(0)--|
G|----------------------2----(2)--(2)-----2-------------(0)-----------------------0---(0)--(0)--|
D|-0----------------------------------------------------------------------------------(0)--(0)--|

 |F Shape                                    | Bb Shape                               | C to F  |
d|--4-2-4------------4------------------4p2-----0-------------0-------------(0)--(0)---------0--|
B|---------------3--------------------3----2--------------0-----------------(0)--(0)----2h3-(3)-|
G|-------------2---------(2)--------2------------------0-----------0--------(0)--(0)----2---(2)-|  [Repeat]
D|----------4---------------------4------------------0----------------------(0)--(0)--------(4)-|
G|------------------------------2--------------(0)----------------------0---(0)--(0)----2---(2)-|
D|-----(0)--------------------0---------------------------------------------(0)--(0)------------|




[VERSE]

F                   (C) Dm                            C F
  A lovestruck Romeo    sings the streets a serenade
                    C Dm                 Bb 
Laying everybody low    with a love song that he made
C                                Bb C                F 
  Finds a convenient street light, steps out of the shade, says something like
  Bb                       C  
  you and me babe, how about it? 
F                           C Dm                                 C F
  Juliet says hey it's Romeo,   you nearly gave me a heart attack
                          C Dm               Bb
He's underneath the window,   singing hey la my boyfriend's back
C                              Bb  C                       F 
  you shouldn't come around here singing up to people like that
Bb                           C
  Anyway, what you gonna do about it?


[CHORUS]

F      C             Dm            (C)  Bb  (C)
Juliet, the dice was loaded from the start
      F  C          Dm            (C)  Bb  (C)
And I bet, and you exploded in my heart.
  F         Dm                  Bb 
And I forget, I forget, the movie song
 Gm                          Bb                Dm  (C)  Bb  C F
  When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong Juliet?


Modified Intro Riff (Start at F major arpeggio)

[VERSE]

F                             C Dm                           C F
  Come up on different streets,    both the streets of shame
                    C Dm                   Bb 
Both dirty both mean,   yes and even the dream the same
C                                Bb C                 F  
  I dreamed your dream for you and now your dream is real.
Bb                                    C  
  How can you look at me as if I was just another part of your deals
             F                        C Dm                                 C F
Well you can fall for chains of silver,    you can fall for chains of gold.
                              C  Dm               Bb
You can fall for pretty strangers   and the promises they hold
C                          Bb  C                F 
  You promised me everything,  you promised me thick and thin yeah
Bb                                   C             
  Now you just say oh Romeo yeah, I used to have a scene with him.


[CHORUS]

    F C             Dm               Bb
Juliet when we made love you used to cry
           F                 C                Dm              Bb
You said I love you like the stars above I'll love you till I die
          F         Dm                        Bb 
There's a place for us,  you know the movie song
 Gm                          Bb                Dm  (C)  Bb  C F
  When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong Juliet?


Modified Intro Riff (Start at F major arpeggio)

[VERSE]

F                    C Dm                         C F
  I can't do the talk,   like they talk on the tv
                          C Dm                  Bb 
And I can't do a love song,   like the way it's meant to be.
C                    Bb         C               F
  I can't do anything, but I'd do anything for you.
Bb                          C  
  I cant't do anything but be in love with you.
F                         C Dm                         C F
  And all I do is miss you    and the way we used to be
                         C Dm        Bb
All I do is keep the beat    and bad company.
C                     Bb   C                   F 
  All I do is kiss you through the bars of a rhyme
Bb                                 C 
  Juliet I'd do the stars with you  anytime.


[CHORUS]

    F C             Dm               Bb
Juliet when we made love you used to cry
           F                 C                Dm              Bb
you said I love you like the stars above I'll love you till I die
          F         Dm                        Bb 
There's a place for us,  you know the movie song
 Gm                          Bb                Dm  (C)  Bb  C F
  When you gonna realize it was just that the time was wrong Juliet?


Longer Modified Intro Riff (Start at F major arpeggio)

[VERSE]

F                   C Dm                            C F
  A lovestruck Romeo    sings the streets a serenade
                    C Dm                 Bb 
Laying everybody low    with a love song that he made
C                                Bb C                F 
  Finds a convenient street light, steps out of the shade
                   
Says something like
 Bb                   C
  you and me babe, how about it? 


[OUTRO]

Bb         C



************************************

| x    Dead note
| (n)  Ghost note
| h    Hammer-on
| p    Pull-off
| /    Slide up, down

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imbatman1312 2,207 Aug 29, 2017 01:46 PM

This is definitely the most accurate version I've found yet.

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