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Romeo & Juliet Soundtrack Project

The perfect songs for the perfect moments of the tragic production of Romeo and Juliet. Modern songs today go great with the scenes of this play, making young readers realize the true messages Shakespeare disguises for them to decode.
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Farzana Hoque

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Romeo & Juliet Soundtrack
4.) "Marry You"-Bruno Mars
"Marry You" by Bruno Mars is an excellent song that relates to Act 2 Scene 2 of the play "Romeo and Juliet", written by William Shakespeare. In this scene, the two lovers, Romeo and Juliet, meet each other in secret right after the party Lord Capulet had held previously. They converse with each other about how much they have fallen in love and then Juliet brings up the thought of getting married. The lyrics from the song:
"It's a beautiful night
We're looking for something dumb to do
He baby, I think I wanna marry you"
correspond with what Juliet says to Romeo. She tells him right before they have to go:
"Three words, dear Romeo, and good night indeed.
If that thy bent of love be honorable,
Thy purpose marriage, send me word tomorrow
By one that I’ll procure to come to thee
Where and what time thou wilt perform the rite..."
To that Romeo replies:
"So thrive my soul—"
meaning that he gladly accepts the proposal of marriage. Both Romeo and Juliet fall instantly in love and almost a couple hours later they talk about getting married the next day. Talk about love at first sight.

5.) "Fight Song"-Rachel Platten
It almost cannot be expressed to how relevant "Fight Song" by Rachel Platten is to Act 3 Scene 1 in "Romeo and Juliet", written by Wiliam Shakespeare. This is a scene where Benvolio and Mercutio strolls along the streets in hot weather. Benvolio warns Mercutio to call it a day because the Capulets might come along any time and provoke them to fight. Without further ado, Tybalt comes along and challenges Mercutio to a quarrel. Romeo arrives at the scene and while trying to break up the fight between Tybalt and Mercutio, Tybalt slays Mercutio and he falls dead. This sudden crime causes Romeo to no longer be nice to his fellow 'cousin' Tybalt, only related to him by marriage and then fights him. The lyrics from the song:
"My power's turned on
Starting right now I'll be strong
I'll play my fight song
And I don't really care if nobody else believes
Cause I've still got a lot of fight left in me"
perfectly describe the actions of Romeo at that moment. These lyrics can relate to when Romeo admits how Juliet's love had weakened Romeo to not be able to fight but since his best friend is now dead, Romeo is back again with a lot of fight left in him. He says:
"O sweet Juliet,
Thy beauty hath made me effeminate
And in my temper softened valor’s steel!"
But now since Tybalt has killed his best friend Mercutio, Romeo could not bear it any longer so he jumps into the fight. He says:
"Alive in triumph—and Mercutio slain!
Away to heaven, respective lenity,
And fire-eyed fury be my conduct now.
Now, Tybalt, take the “villain” back again"
directly to Tybalt when he comes back. They resume fighting and Tybalt is killed by Romeo. This is the beginning of the terrible fate Romeo has to endure at the end of the story.
7.) "We Belong Together"-Mariah Carey
"We Belong Together" by Mariah Carey is yet another song that relates to Act 3 Scene 2 in the famous play "Romeo and Juliet" written by William Shakespeare. It's the scene where Juliet aches for night to come so she could have her wedding night with Romeo. She knows that Romeo and her belong together, tonight. So the lyrics of the song:
"Come back baby, please
We belong together"
correspond with when Juliet wills for the night to come and for Romeo to leap into her arms so they would be together:
"Come, night. Come, Romeo. Come, thou day in night,
For thou wilt lie upon the wings of night
Whiter than new snow upon a raven’s back."
Further into the song, the lyrics:
"I can't sleep at night when you're on my mind"
match Juliet's thoughts and actions almost perfectly. After the first night when they met, Juliet could not help but think of Romeo for the nights to come until they actually got married. But here Julet is still thinking of Romeo during the day and that's why this song would definately be great to describe the scene because it shows that Juliet and Romeo belong together.
6.) "Wait For You"-Elliott Yamin
"Wait For You" by Elliott Yamin is another song that can relate to Act 3 Scene 2 of "Romeo and Juliet" by William Shakespeare. This is a scene where after Romeo and Juliet get married, Juliet waits for night to come so Romeo will also be able to and they'd have their wedding night. Juliet is aching for night to come as she waits for Romeo. She says:
"Gallop apace, you fiery-footed steeds,
Toward Phoebus' lodging. Such a wagoner
As Phaeton would whip you to the west
And bring in cloudy night immediately.
Spread thy close curtain, love-performing night,
That runaways' eyes may wink, and Romeo
Leap to these arms, untalked of and unseen."
which relates to the lyrics from the song:
"I never felt nothing in the world like this before
Now I'm missing you and I'm wishing you would come back through my door
...
So baby I will wait for you
Cause I don't know what else I can do"
It is true that Juliet really has nothing else to do in awating the long hours of day to end. She keeps repeating herself by saying that she can't wait for Romeo to come to her and calling the night to come faster:
"Come, gentle night, come, loving, black-browed night,
Give me my Romeo."
This way, Juliet's aching desire for Romeo and the night to come forth relate to "Wait For You" by Elliott Yamin because it's all about waiting for your lover to come to you and so it would be a perfect soundtrack to go along with Juliet's thoughts.
8.) "Suicide"-Rihanna
"Suicide" by Rihanna perfectly describes Act 4 Scene 1 of "Romeo and Juliet", a play written by William Shakepeare. This scene is when Juliet disobeys her father and refuses to marry Count Paris. So she goes to Frair Lawrence and seeks for advice/solution to the problem because she was already married to Romeo and he is the only one she loves. Therefore she is willing to commit suicide instead of marry Paris against her will. The lyrics:
"Everywhere is still
Everything is restless in my heart
I hate the way this feels
...
The days are dark when you're not around
The air is getting hard to breathe
I wish that you would just put me down
I wish that I could just go to sleep
Loving you is suicide"
relate to the way Juliet feels about marrying Paris and not having her husband, Romeo, to stand by her side even though he's the only one she loves. She doesn't know what to do about the situation so when she goes to Friar Lawrence's cell, he composes a plan where Juliet has to drink a potion to make her fall into a deep sleep. She says:
"If in thy wisdom thou canst give no help,
Do thou but call my resolution wise,
And with this knife I’ll help it presently.
(shows him a knife)
God joined my heart and Romeo’s, thou our hands.
And ere this hand, by thee to Romeo sealed,
Shall be the label to another deed,
Or my true heart with treacherous revolt
Turn to another, this shall slay them both."
which shows that she is willing to commit suicide for Romeo. Yet after hearing the plan she is suddenly determined to fight for her love which can relate to the lyrics:
"And I'm way past every moment
But I'm still determined to fight
And I know it's taking all my strength
To keep the emotions alive"
This makes perfect sense because when she drinks the potion, her blood runs cold and her pulse will stop, making it hard to believe that Juliet is still alive but she is. In a way, loving Romeo is suicide for Juliet.
9.) "Bad News"-Kanye West
"Bad News" by Kanye West is a perfect song to relate to Act 5 Scene 1 of "Romeo and Juliet", a play written by the famous playwright William Shakespeare. This is the scene where Romeo first has a dream that something good will happen to him. He says to himself the thoughts of how wonderful it would be to have the woman he loves but he doesn't know that his dream might never come true. It can relate to the lyrics:
"Didn't you know I was waiting on you
Waiting on a dream that will never come true"
Then Romeo receives the bad news of the death of Juliet from his messenger Balthasar. He says:
"Then she is well, and nothing can be ill.
Her body sleeps in Capels' monument,
And her immortal part with angels lives.
I saw her laid low in her kindred’s vault
And presently took post to tell it you.
O, pardon me for bringing these ill news,
Since you did leave it for my office, sir."
This can perfectly relate to the lyrics of the song:
"Didn't you know I was waiting on you
My face turned to stone when I heard the news
When you decide to break the rules
Cause I just heard some real bad news"
Romeo is stunned and yet angry of this incident and decides to immediately return to Verona and kill himself in her grave. The dramatic irony is that she isn't really dead but Romeo thinks she is which causes him to kill himself and for Juliet to do the same afterwards. What a tragedy.
10.) "I'll See You Again"-Westlife
"I'll See You Again" by Westlife is a song to go with the ending of "Romeo and Juliet" written by William Shakespeare. In Act 5 Scene 3, Romeo and Juliet are both dead bcause they had committed suicide thinking the other one was dead. It was a tragic situation if you ask me and yet stupid. This song will go well with the ending because Romeo and Juliet will see each other, in heaven since they're both dead and that they died thinking that they'd be together in the afterlife. The lyrics:
"You're gone now but not forgotten
...
I'll see you again
You never really left"
resemble the thoughts of Romeo and Juliet when they think each other is dead. Romeo says:
"For fear of that, I still will stay with thee,
And never from this palace of dim night
Depart again. Here, here will I remain
With worms that are thy chamber maids."
After Romeo drinks his poison, he falls dead in the grave. Not long afterwards, Juliet wakes and she meets Friar Lawrence who advises her to escape with him and fast but she refuses because she sees that Romeo is dead and so she says:
"Go, get thee hence, for I will not away.—
What’s here? A cup, closed in my true love’s hand?
Poison, I see, hath been his timeless end.—
...
Yea, noise? Then I’ll be brief. O happy dagger,
This is thy sheath. There rust and let me die.
(stabs herself with ROMEO’s dagger and dies)"
Thus ending the romantic tragedy of "Romeo and Juliet" written by William Shakespeare.
3.) "Thinking Of You"-ATC
"Thinking of You" by ATC is yet another song that represents Act 2 Scene 2 in "Romeo and Juliet", which was written by William Shakespeare. This is the famous balcony scene where Juliet stands outside on her balcony after the party and talks about Romeo to herself until she realizes that Romeo is present. They start talking to each other about how much they're in love and they want to get married right away. "Thinking of You" by ATC relates to when Juliet thinks about Romeo alone on her balcony after the party. The lyrics:
"Thinking of you
Thinking of you
All I can do
Is just think about you"
go perfectly to they way Juliet acts during this scene before she realizes that Romeo lurks under her balcony and they start talking. Some of Juliet's thoughts that reveal her actions are:
"O Romeo, Romeo! Wherefore art thou Romeo?
Deny thy father and refuse thy name.
Or, if thou wilt not, be but sworn my love,
And I’ll no longer be a Capulet."
The lyrics of the song also go with what Romeo does in this scene as well. As he lurks below her balcony, he see her and immediately also has thoughts, some of which are:
"But soft! What light through yonder window breaks?
It is the east, and Juliet is the sun...
Her eye in heaven
Would through the airy region stream so bright
That birds would sing and think it were not night.
See how she leans her cheek upon her hand.
Oh, that I were a glove upon that hand
That I might touch that cheek!"
Therfore this song relates well to what both these lovers do. They're always thinking of each other.
2.) "We Found Love"-Rihanna
"We Found Love" by Rihanna is another song that creatively relates to Act 1 Scene 5 also. Except this song is about finding love in a hopeless place as did Romeo and Juliet. They fell in love with each other at first sight being a Montague and a Capulet. As the story goes in the famous play "Romeo and Juliet" written by William Shakespeare, Capulets and Montagues are not very fond of each other and so Romeo and Juliet's sudden love is hopeless since their families are enemies. The lyrics:
"We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopeless place
We found love in a hopless place"
perfectly relate to this situation. Another set of this song's lyrics describe the surroundings of when two lovers had first met. These lyrics:
"Yello diamonds in the light
And we're standing side by side
As your shadow crosses mine
What it takes to come alive"
almost perfectly describes the scene when Romeo first takes sight of Juliet in the well, party-decorated room of Lord Capulet's house and he walks towards her for their first kiss. Some of Romeo's thoughts about Juliet that can relate to these lyrics are:
"Oh, she doth teach the torches to burn bright!
...
The measure done, I’ll watch her place of stand,
And, touching hers, make blessèd my rude hand."
This is the light twinkling moment of when Romeo successfully spots Juliet from across the room. Falling in love in a hopeless place indeed for a fellow Montague and a Capulet.

Romeo & Juliet Song List
1.)
"You Had Me At Hello"
-Olivia Holt
(Act 1 Scene 5)
2.)
"We Found Love"
-Rihanna
(Act 1 Scene 5)
3.)
"Thinking of You"
-ATC
(Act 2 Scene 2)
4.)
"Marry You"
-Bruno Mars
(Act 2 Scene 2)
5.)
"Fight Song"
-Rachel Platten
(Act 3 Scene 1)
6.)
"Wait For You"
-Elliott Yamin
(Act 3 Scene 2)
7.)
"We Belong Together"
-Mariah Carey
(Act 3 Scene 2)
8.)
"Suicide"
-Rihanna

(Act 4 Scene 1)
9.)
"Bad News"
-Kanye West
(Act 5 Scene 1)
10.)
"I'll See You Again"
-Westlife
(Act 5 Scene 3)
Producer Farzana Hoque
English 9 H Period 1
The puzzling words of William Shakespeare caused me to get confused frequently when reading one of his famous works called "Romeo and Juliet". I wouldn't be able to understand a thing until I was assigned this project. During the adventurous search for the perfect songs, I realized that it wasn't difficult to understand Shakespeare and his messages if you really took the time and pulled every little piece apart. I felt that the songs I had picked for the certain Acts and the scenes for each Act went very well together. To say the least, I felt very confident about my understanding of William Shakespeare and no longer am I hesitant to try out some of his other famous works.

For this reason, I dedicate this soundtrack project to my wonderful english teacher, Mrs. Magee. I am delighted to have her because she was there to help me with understanding William Shakespeare better, who knew he could be so dirty.
1.) "You Had Me At Hello"-Olivia Holt
"You Had Me At Hello" by Olivia Holt is a great song representing Act 1 Scene 5 in the famous play "Romeo and Juliet" written by William Shakespeare. This is the scene where Romeo, disguised as a Masker, finds Juliet and at first sight they fall in love. The lyrics:
"You don't have to try too hard
You already have my heart
You don't got a thing to prove
I'm alread into you"
relate to Juliet's thoughts after Romeo actually comes up to her and starts a conversation. Juliet is instantly in love with him as well so it basically summarizes what she feels for him when she says:
"Good pilgrim, you do wrong your hand too much,
Which mannerly devotion shows in this,
For saints have hands that pilgrims' hands do touch,
And palm to palm is holy palmers' kiss."
Juliet had just ecouraged Romeo to make the first move and kiss her. This proves that she's already into Romeo. As for Romeo the lyrics:
"Hold, hold, hold, hold me tight now
Cause I'm so, so good to go
Don't say don't say good night you know
You had me at hello"
relate perfectly to when they first see each other and Romeo has thoughts about Juliet being the most beautiful girl in the world so technically they kind of fell in love with each other at "hello". "You Had Me At Hello" by Olivia Holt, the perfect song for the perfect moment.
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