Romeo Is Bleeding

Album: Blue Valentine (1978)

Songfacts®:

  • Waits liked to snatch stories from the street. Like the time he and this then-girlfriend, Rickie Lee Jones, were flagged down by a group of Mexican gang members. "Because of how Tom looked at the time - the tattoos, the hat - I guess these guys felt safe to talk to him," recalled Jones to the July 2011 edition of Mojo magazine. "One of them asked him where the hospital was. He glanced into the back seat, and there was a kid back there bleeding. A lot of blood. He wrote 'Romeo Is Bleeding' soon after."
  • This is the song that provided the title for the Gary Oldman movie about a crooked cop.
  • The album cover features Waits' then girlfriend Rickie Lee Jones. >>
    Suggestion credit:
    John - Los Angeles, CA, for above 2

Comments: 2

  • Kittie from Boston, MaTom Waits and Gary Oldman both starred in Bram Stoker's Dracula.
  • Sharyn from Bathurst, AustraliaJust wondered if the first line of Bon Jovi's 'Always' was inspired by this song... "This romeo is bleeding..." Possible, I guess.
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