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Julia
The Beatles Lyrics


Half of what I say is meaningless
But I say it just to reach you, Julia

Julia, Julia, ocean child, calls me
So I sing a song of love, Julia
Julia, seashell eyes, windy smile, calls me
So I sing a song of love, Julia

Her hair of floating sky is shimmering, glimmering
In the sun

Julia, Julia, morning moon, touch me
So I sing a song of love, Julia

When I cannot sing my heart
I can only speak my mind, Julia

Julia, sleeping sand, silent cloud, touch me
So I sing a song of love, Julia

Hmm, hmm, hmm, calls me
So I sing a song of love for Julia
Julia, Julia

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Written by: John Lennon, Paul McCartney

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jose angel

Half of what I say is meaningless
But I say it just to reach you, Julia
Julia, Julia, ocean child, calls me
So I sing a song of love, Julia
Julia, seashell eyes, windy smile, calls me
So I sing a song of love, Julia
Her hair of floating sky is shimmering, glimmering
In the sun
Julia, Julia, morning moon, touch me
So I sing a song of love, Julia
When I cannot sing my heart
I can only speak my mind, Julia
Julia, sleeping sand, silent cloud, touch me
So I sing a song of love, Julia
Hum, hum, hum, calls me
So I sing a song of love, Julia, Julia, Julia



Steve Cabral

For those who don’t know the backstory, Lennon’s mother was only a sporadic part of his life once his father left the family when John was an infant. The two got closer in Lennon’s teenage years, but that ended abruptly in 1958 when Julia, while crossing a street, was hit by a car and killed.


The Beatles rarely referenced their personal lives, at least directly, in song in their early years. But by the time The White Album rolled around in 1968, all subjects were game, as Lennon and Paul McCartney wrote oodles of material (with George Harrison and, on one song, Ringo Starr also contributing), so much so that a double-album was deemed necessary to contain it all. In his 1980 interview with Playboy magazine, Lennon explained that the trip to India provided ample opportunity for songwriting, and “Julia” was a byproduct of that.


“’Julia’ was my my mother,” he said. “But it was sort of a combination of Yoko and my mother blended into one. That was written in India. And all the stuff on the White Album was written in India while we were supposedly giving money to Maharishi, which we never did. We got our mantra, we sat in the mountains eating lousy vegetarian food and writing all those songs. We wrote tons of songs in India.”


Lennon is the only Beatle to perform on the track, solo efforts having become commonplace within the Fab 4 around this time. Using a finger-picking style he learned from Donovan while in India, Lennon plays delicate arpeggios around his fragile yet somehow soothing vocal melody. There is an undeniable loneliness evident in his voice, even amidst the double-tracking that Lennon preferred.
He borrowed some of the lines from the poem “Sand And Foam” by Kahlil Gibran, including the opening couplet: “Half of what I say is meaningless/ But I say it just to reach you.” It must have been strange for fans to hear the leader of the biggest band in the world co-opting a line that evokes ineffectuality, but Lennon was always about upending expectations. The bulk of the lyric consists of poetic imagery that speaks of beauty and distance: “Silent cloud”; “Morning moon”; “Her hair of floating sky.”


Lennon’s contention that he intermingled the memories of his mother with his then-current emotions for his wife Yoko is hard to hear in the finished product. What you do hear is the combination of mantra-like calm and profound yearning he conjures each time he sings his mother’s name. About two years later, with The Beatles in his rear view mirror, he recorded “Mother”, a harrowing excavation of his deep-seated feelings of abandonment concerning his parents. But “Julia” is a “song of love”, and, regardless of where that love was directed precisely, nobody did those kinds of songs better than this man and this group.



JUAN MANUEL HERNANDEZ MARTINEZ

Half of what I say is meaningless
But I say it just to reach you, Julia
Julia, Julia, ocean child, calls me
So I sing a song of love, Julia
Julia, seashell eyes, windy smile, calls me
So I sing a song of love, Julia
Her hair of floating sky is shimmering, glimmering
In the sun
Julia, Julia, morning moon, touch me
So I sing a song of love, Julia
When I cannot sing my heart
I can only speak my mind, Julia
Julia, sleeping sand, silent cloud, touch me
So I sing a song of love, Julia
Hum, hum, hum, calls me
So I sing a song of love, Julia, Julia, Julia



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Weapons Education

This is the only Beatles song that John was 100% of all the music. No other Beatle helped or played an instrument. It is about his mother he lost twice, once at age 4( divorce) and then when she died at her age of 44 in a car crash.

Miguel Raeder

Helloo!! I covered this song in my channel and I really hope you like it!! See you! 😊

The Real Deal

Beautiful tribute to his mum.

Michael South

@Karen A. Trujillo Yeah I think we understood that

Alicea Fletcher

“Ocean child” is Yoko. It was for both of them

Tim Colivet

@ale14zoppi I actually think this song is far better than Yesterday and agree it's John's answer to it.

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Paul Escamilla

I dedicate this beautiful song to my beautiful mother, who passed last night.

Miguel Raeder

Helloo!! I covered this song in my channel and I really hope you like it!! See you! 😊

Mike Hill

I pray
Christ 🙏 comfort you and your family
Love
Michael

go suck an egg

i know i’m a year late, but i’m so sorry for your loss. may your mother rest in peace 😔

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