Blogging assignment #2: Connecting Romeo & Juliet to the present day…with a modern pop song!
People nowadays seem to be following, or at least singing about, the type of ‘love’ shown in Romeo and Juliet rather than learning from their mistakes. It may sound a little far-fetched to say something like, “If you disobey your parents and run off with your love and do stuff you’re not supposed to do you’ll die.” I don’t think you’d actually ‘die’ if you do such a thing, but you would have to face the consequences. Which could probably make you feel like dying.
For some reason I was having trouble coming up with more examples of such love songs, but the first song that popped into my head was ‘Love Story’ by Taylor Swift. Hehe, I’m probably cheating. It’s not a pop song. And it’s about Romeo and Juliet. Nice move, Nicole.
Lyrics like, “Romeo, take me somewhere we can be alone, I’ll be waiting, all there’s left to do is run,” “And daddy said, ‘Stay away from Juliet,” and “Escape this town for a little while,” almost exactly mirrors the events in Romeo and Juliet. Montague and Capulet definitely would not allow Romeo and Juliet to marry, so the lovers decided to get married in secret and run away – which was an epic fail. I wonder if Romeo and Juliet vowed “Till death do us part” in their wedding.
Another example is ‘Runaway’ by The Vamps. It’s really catchy, but the lyrics suggest something similar to ‘Love Story’ – that common song storyline about running away with someone because you’re so in love without caring about anything or anyone else. Some of the lyrics are, “In the night I knew that it wasn’t right,” “I wanna do this before I die, so we can say we ran away,” and “We might get caught but we feel the same, we can say we ran away.”
(I also wrote the tab for this song on Ultimate Guitar if you want to play along: https://tabs.ultimate-guitar.com/t/the_vamps/runaway_crd.htm) 🙂
There are definitely more modern songs out there suggesting more inappropriate things, which I won’t mention here (good thing I can’t think of any right now). This simply shows that the lesson of Romeo and Juliet is yet to be learned 400 years later. The 21st century seems to be ‘the generation of people who never learn’. How tragic.
Lesson of the day: Before you get yourself into some ‘love affair’, ask for your parents’ consent. It makes you feel way better too, because you know you’re doing the right thing. And please, don’t run away. A wise man learns from the mistakes of others.
Righteo, till next time! 🙂