Romeo and Juliet Project

By Coleman Wylie

"Running Bear" by Johnny Preston

Running Bear - Johnny Preston (Lyrics)

Short Answer

The song "Running Bear" alludes to the love between Romeo and Juliet. In the song, Running Bear and Little White Dove are very in love even though their tribes are fighting each other, much like the Capulets and Montagues. They eventually swim out into the river to be with each other, but they lose their lives to the river separating them. This alludes to the fact that Romeo and Juliet die as well. The song does not directly allude to the love between Romeo and Juliet, but it does possess many elements that were present within the play.

Original Song

Our love was forbidden by

Our families

So we had to

Sneak around


(Chorus)

Ours was a love

That could never be

Ours was a love

We would never see


Why would our parents

Quarrel and fight

Like oil and water they couldn't

Do what's right


(Chorus)

Ours was a love

That could never be

Ours was a love

We would never see


In the end they caught

Onto us

But they looked away when

We ran out


(Chorus)

Ours was a love

That could never be

Ours was a love

We would never see

Short Answer

My original song alludes to the relationship between Romeo and Juliet. In the song, the singer and their lover can't be together because of their families. There are allusions to Romeo and Juliet when the people in the song must sneak around because their families won't allow them to be together. The song alludes to Romeo and Juliet because Romeo and Juliet found themselves in a similar situation as the people in the song.