Cleopatra Music Video

July 6, 2016

We’ve just released the music video for “Cleopatra.” Watch it here. A note from Wesley on the video:

“Cleopatra made me cry in the studio and I had to stop the take. It’s inspired by a true story about a female taxi driver who, when she was younger, was proposed to. But her father had just passed away, so she didn’t give her boyfriend an answer. So he left the village broken-hearted and rejected and never returned again. He was her great love and she wouldn’t wash the footprints off the floor after he had left.

I knew immediately that I wanted to write a song about the story because it was so haunting and poetic. And I got to meet the lady herself eventually and she was very honest and humble. She really affected me because of the sadness in her story. In today’s world, we are just inundated with images of grandness and how great everyone’s life is. And it’s not true. In fact, it’s depressing. This was a real and honest story.”

-Wesley Schultz

162 Responses to Cleopatra Music Video

  1. Stefan

    What a beautiful song. Thank you for sharing her experience.

  2. Jen

    It is rare that I listen to a song the first time through and instantly fall in love with it. “Cleopatra” is such a song. I get chills listening to it and can see it being a great classic, along with the rest of the album, thirty to forty years from now. An amazing contribution in a sea of great music coming out these days- it stands out above all the rest. Thank you for this auditory feast!

  3. Amanda

    Thank you for sharing the story! I’ve listened to “Cleopatra” so many times and wondered where this song came from because it is such a great song. Like Jen commented above I get chills when I listen to it. Love the video, love the whole album and and loved, loved your concert in Milwaukee.

  4. Gina

    I taught English for 13 years, and had the song “Cleopatra” been released then, we would have studied it as poetry. Loved your turn of a phrase and slant rhyme. The message is beautiful and haunting. I loved from the first time I heard it by accident on WYEP in Pittsburgh. Can’t thank you enough.

  5. Frank

    Great music video! The second riders whom the taxi cab driver picked up were a mother and her daughter; was this the same mother/daughter couple from the music video “Stubborn Love?” Thank you for creating this wonderful song and video to go with it!

  6. Angelina

    “Cleopatra” is a wonderful song along with the many other great songs the Lumineers have created. It’s so amazing to have talented musicians such as the Lumineers that sing songs that have true meaning.One truly great and influential band

  7. Arden

    Love the song

  8. Tony Maloney

    You must tell us the name of the wonderful actress who’s behind the wheel of this taxi. Terrific song with an equally wonderful video – and backstory.

    • Jeff

      Was it Neyla in makeup?

    • Vanessa Zambak

      Gwynn Lewis

    • don

      Who is the lady taxi driver in Cleopatra video

  9. Tom

    This video really hit me at the end, I started crying right there in my cubicle at work.

  10. Lisa

    When can you get te world tour 2016 posters online?!

  11. This video made me cry and it touched me in so many ways. Life is not perfect, Life is sad most of the time, Life happens, but you must go forward. I purchased your CD today because of this video. Thanks for sharing as I am sure it was a difficult video to create, but so inspiring and touching, just like your music.

  12. I love, love, LOVE ‘Cleopatra’ and love it even more knowing the backstory! Will listen to it now with a new outlook.

    • a cala a boca seu retardado n deve entender nada de carro nunca um gol o mais preparado que esteja vai pegar este carro irmão ele ta com 540 cv pela 320 km o gol quando chega a esta vedoicdale desmonta!

    • I really liked the video, its very good.

  13. Bettina Heyer

    My husband and I just returned from an epic USA road trip and listened to this cd on repeat through Wyomming, Colorado and Utah. I re-created Cleopatra’s story in my head many times before seeing this video and it did not dissapoint. We saw you on a Vancouver, B.C. rainy night and can’t wait to see you again. Thank you.

  14. Charlie

    Awesome fuckin’ piece of work…

  15. Gaby

    Thank you for sharing such an incredible piece of work with the world. The beautiful sadness of this song, so expertly paired with the video, has left me in tears and yet i feel uplifted…

  16. jason nixon

    Fantastic song well done gus see you in Manchester


  17. jason nixon

    I meant well done Guys

    • Please keep thirwong these posts up they help tons.

    • Eine Sache noch: mir is schon bei samdroid turbo und jetzt bei diesem mod aufgefallen das die Performance nach den ersten tagen fühlbar abnimmt. Ist das ein allgemeines normales problem oder lässt sich das iwie verhindern?Mfg Felix

    • It is always great to here from loved ones you have not heard from in a long time Ally. I hope you have a great time catching up with your brother my friend.

  18. frank williams

    I loved this song when I first heard it, and then when I heard what inspired it I was absolutely floored! I was floored because I used to live in the Republic of Georgia. I lived there for 3 years, in fact, as an English teacher in the public school system. I am very well acquainted with the Georgian view of life and loss. I’m also kinda floored because I never, ever encountered a female taxi driver in that country. Was this in Tbilisi? I’m interested to know what Wesley was doing in Georgia, too. It’s not a place where many Americans go. It’s a unique culture, to say the least.

  19. Alessio

    I’m an italian fan. I really love this song ,like i love the sweet lady playing the role of Cleopatra.
    Is it possible to know her name ?
    A big hug to all members of The lumineers ! :)

    • Vanessa Zambak

      Gwynn Lewis

  20. Bobster

    Hi y’all,

    That song and that video really made me reflect on my own journey through life. Thank you for that, Not every day you’re forced to reflect when hearing a song.

    BTW, when can we expect you to turn up in the Far East? We yearned for great music.. we’ve suffered enough K-Pop!

  21. Mike

    What an amazing song and video. I can’t remember the last time a song came along that hit such an emotional nerve. It’s 85 degrees in my apartment and I got goosebumps listening to it. Thank you.

  22. Dana

    Great song! Video brought tears to my eyes.

  23. Stephen Dolan

    A wonderful sad and noble song. The video almost broke my heart. The woman in it is astounding in the nuance she exhibits. I think I have seen her before, but I don’t know where. Can you tell me who she is? Thank you for the song and video and her name (if you can give it to me).


    • Vanessa Zambak

      Gwynn Lewis

  24. Maddie

    I have to do a rhetorical analysis on a music video and write a paper on it, and I chose to do it on the Cleopatra music video because it is such a thoughtful and thought-provoking work. I have watched it multiple times and continue to find new details to take notes on each time. I realized (and I may be picking up on something that isn’t there) but do a majority of the women have the same scar on their left cheek? If so, what is the meaning behind this?
    Can’t wait to see yall in concert soon!!

  25. Francis Whitford

    Who was the actor that played the taxi driver? She looked a lot like Colleen Dewhurst>

    • Vanessa Zambak

      Gwynn Lewis

  26. Bethany Dean

    Such a beautiful song. I cried but didn’t know why, but now I know why… who’s the son in the video? I’m gonna marry him.

    • Cheryl Barr

      Sorry Bethany, my niece is going to marry him. They will be a perfect couple. :).

      • That’s a smart answer to a difufcilt question.

      • oiii rodrigo faro eu me chamo mylena eu tenho 12 anos e a minha amiga alessandra tem 11 anos nos duas queremos participa do seu programa nos duas gostamos muito de vc nos duas ver todos os sabados o deu progra nos duas cantamos bem nos duas queremos ir ai canta para vc !!!!! espero que vc goste rodrigo beijossss te amamos te la aquadamos o seu convite !!!!!

    • Sarka D.

      John Bubniak

  27. Roberto

    I love the video!! I’ve watched it so many times

    Who’s the actress playing the taxi driver?

    • Tomas Foster

      I am pretty sure that the actress is Gwynn Lewis…. love this tune and I’m in love with the driver.

  28. Chris Wilson

    Thanks for sharing this story Wes. Hope all is well with you, the family, and the band.

  29. Andy

    This song is truly poetry for the soul,

    Made for the modern reality,

    Set to the backdrop of an emotional melody.

  30. You’ve got it in one. Colndu’t have put it better.

  31. Thanks for Sharing.

  32. Roger Wallace

    Poignancy anywhere is rare enough, but in pop music it stands out like a sore thumb…this song is a very sore thumb! Plus, Gwynn Lewis simply owns the story in this song…magnifico!

  33. My congratulations, an excellent article. Thank you for sharing with us!

    Good article! Very nice!

  34. I like your music. A delight to hear <3 Watching the videos now

  35. 27/02/2017Congratulations on presenting this very valuable content? I got the doubts about this.
    A hug…

  36. Thanks For Share !

  37. Top ! muito bom mesmo, obrigado por compartilhar

  38. I wanted to thank you for everything, but I do not know how, you did so much for me, you helped me when I needed you. You are a very good person, cheerful, companion, I really like you, very much, if you need anything talk to me, a favor, anything, I will always be by your side, that can be sure, you taught me things that Will help me a lot in the future, I am very grateful for this!

  39. If you give a rose and someone gives you thanks with a bough of thorns, do not worry, it’s part of life to know how to live with all kinds of ignorance.

  40. Congratulations on your post, keep up the good work!

  41. Great article, it helped me a lot

  42. Your article helped me a lot, thank you.

  43. tank you

  44. tank you very

  45. very cool

  46. Congratulations on your post

  47. Congratulations on your post, tanks

  48. Congratulations

  49. tanks very good!!!

  50. Descubra as melhores ideias de negocio online, lucrativas e com baixo investimento. Ganhe dinheiro trabalhando em casa.

  51. Nice article congratulations

  52. Congratulations on the text mentioned here.

  53. Good site, plus one for my list

  54. I am no longer sure the place you’re getting your info,
    however great topic. I needs to spend some time finding out more
    or figuring out more. Thank you for great information I was on the lookout for this info for
    my mission.
    Thank you very much I was able to synchronize my events and tasks with these tips!
    We will even seee individual drops off up to 21%.
    Everything I am studying, states they really are a waste of money.
    Zero discernible diffference in s your custom theme or do you download it from somewhere? Really enjoyed!

    • I loved this song, she’s too beautiful, I’ll share it with my friends, very good.

  55. Much appreciation for this page, you are doing a great job

  56. Very good, I liked the video.

  57. Very good the video I liked it, fantastic website

  58. Fantastic site

  59. Fantastic site, very good

  60. Fantastic website, I really liked the video

  61. Fantastic website, I really liked the video

  62. I really liked the video

  63. I really liked the video

  64. I really liked the video, its very good.

  65. I really liked the video, its very good.

  66. Gret blog. congratulations!

  67. great site!

  68. Great site. Congratulations!

  69. Good blog. 1 love it!

  70. Je suis un expert en philosophie et d’aider les étudiants dans les travaux de conclusion du cours ici au Brésil …
    Mais je suis leur travail très … Ici, je pense que les Etats-Unis est un travail intelligent, cherchant toujours à tirer parti des meilleures publications du gouvernement fédéral sur un large éventail de sujets, passés et présents.
    Y at-il des raisons pour lesquelles les publications GPO ne sont pas vendus dans les librairies ordinaires? Une interdiction par la loi ou regs?

  71. Very well written your articles, thank you

  72. Congratulations on the blog, I liked it, note 10

  73. One more blog that I will put on my list of favorites, thank you very much for your dedication and attention that you have with your readers

  74. Interesting your method of writing, very professional and active the mind of your reader, continue as it is success always!

  75. I loved your website very well congratulations for the creativity.

    • Congratulations! I liked the music.

  76. I loved your website very well congratulations for the creativity.

  77. Excellent website congratulations

  78. Saptarshi Chakraborty

    It just flows like a river all the songs 1.sleep on the floor 2.angela 3 . Cleopatra 4.ophelia all of them when played serially created the sweetest and the most heart warming story ever created with musical videos :) thanks for giving us the opportunity to watch suh nice piece od art.
    Congratulation for the song and good luck for creating more songs like them :)
    good luck from India

  79. Very good your article, I loved, continue like this my friend

  80. Thanks for your attention, it will help me a lot this your tip ok, success!

  81. It’s too cool this blog, and your article is great and very well written, a hug!

  82. This article will help me a lot. More a blog that I will add to my favorites, gratitude for you

  83. Look, this blog has been show, congratulations and continue like this my friend. Thank you

    • Site muito legal, parabéns aos organizadores.

  84. Very good this site congratulations!

  85. Congratulations on your content and your site is beautiful, thank you and success!

    thanks you!

  86. Your tips will be very valuable to me, well I wish you success for you. Keep writing fine, okay?


  87. Great content and will add a great value to my projects, so continue my friend.

    thank you men

  88. Congratulations on your article, I found it very interesting. A hug and success!

    Very Good!

  89. Very much work! much work! Thanks


  90. Ryan

    I really love “The Ballad of Cleopatra” work. Those songs go so beautifully together. I do have a question, though. Why does Cleopatra have a scar on her left cheek? It looked fairly fresh on the 25 year old Cleopatra, but I did not see an explanation given in the videos or hear one in the song, either. Just wondering.

  91. very good.thank you

  92. I see you don’t monetize your page, don’t waste your traffic, you can earn additional bucks
    every month because you’ve got hi quality content. If you want to know how to make extra bucks,
    search for: Mrdalekjd methods for $$$

  93. Congratulations on the blog, very well written.


  94. It took all my doubts. Beautiful blog and article!

    Keep it up

  95. One more site that I will save in my favorites. Thank you and Good Luck in your projects!

    Very Good!

  96. Success on your journey, I’ll always be around. See you!


    • This site is great, I liked it too much, I have wonderful information, I loved it.

    • This site about music is very cool like sites so good that I found this, I will visit more often.

  97. Nice music! Loved this audiojus.

  98. very good, I liked it

  99. great content i liked it

  100. great information. tks for sharing.

  101. tks for shared that information.

  102. Its very interesting this arcticle. tks

  103. Great information. tks a lot.

  104. you really could set more information. tks a lot for sharing


  106. I think that Cleopatra is a wonderful song.

  107. great content, thanks for sharing these tips

  108. great content

  109. natalia

    very good

  110. very good your article

  111. great content, very good

  112. It’s too cool this blog, very good

  113. Muito legal, parabéns.

  114. Muito legal mesmo! Adorei o vídeo.

  115. very good Congratulations

  116. excellent site

  117. Beautiful website! Very good.

  118. Best video ever!!!

  119. Great.


  120. Great post

  121. very good Congratulations

  122. very good your article

  123. Jess

    A little reflection I would like to share and a thank you for creating “Sleep on the Floor”, “Cleopatra” and “Angela” music and music videos.

    Just over a year ago I discovered this sad yet inspiring story which helped change my life completely.
    Last year I ended a 7 year long relationship with a man I met at the age of 19. He is a good man but as our age gap was large I didn’t realise that it was making me age before my time. This made me feel very unhappy for a long time (alongside other unhealthy factors) as I felt that I was missing out on life.
    Although I was comfortable in the daily routine I felt emotionally stuck. This got to a point where I was questioning my life choices on a daily basis. I struggled greatly to come to terms that I had to end the relationship but I never had the emotional strength to tell him.
    Listening to and watching this inspiring story made me realise that I didn’t want to wake up one day and regret the things I didn’t do. I eventually found the courage to end what felt like a toxic relationship and unexpectedly met a man shortly after who became the best thing in my life. My confidence has grown as I receive compliments rather than criticism and mockery for the first time in a long time. He has made me realise that I should be excited about life and all the adventures to come.
    Whenever I need inspiration to get me through some challenging times in my life and face my fears I look to the music videos to help me find my courage.

    Thank you for the inspiration.

  124. muito bom

  125. Ben Warner

    I go back and back to this song and video. Never lose your insight and humble approach.

  126. 4Move Cities: Many cities are already served by the application, briefly all major cities in Brazil will have the differentiated service offered by 4Move.

  127. The great news of 4Move are the Earned Earnings at each Km run with the Application. Yes, that’s right, whenever you use the Urban Mobility App 4Move conquers Points these points turn into Prizes!

  128. 4Move is a 100% national Urban Mobility Application that offers many benefits to its users, both 4Move Passengers and 4Move Drivers.

  129. Nice article congratulations

  130. This is so Good , Thank so Much !!!

  131. Ameii seu conteudo parabensss

  132. i love

Leave a Reply to chinelos personalizados para casamento Cancel reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *