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Julia
The Beatles Lyrics


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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

Overall Meaning

The Beatles’ song “Julia” is a deeply personal and introspective piece, penned by John Lennon as an ode to his late mother Julia Lennon, who died in a tragic car accident when he was just a teenager. The song is a tribute to the profound impact his mother had on his life, and the sense of loss and longing he continued to feel for her many years after her passing.


The opening lines, “Half of what I say is meaningless, but I say it just to reach you, Julia”, reflect Lennon’s frustration with the limitations of language to express the depth of his emotions for his mother. He acknowledges that he may struggle to articulate his feelings, but still feels compelled to try, in order to connect with her on some level. The recurring refrain of “So I sing a song of love, Julia” serves as a kind of mantra, expressing Lennon’s desire to reach out to his mother through the power of music, which he felt was a universal language that transcended the barriers of time and space.


The visual imagery of the lyrics adds an ethereal quality to the song, underscoring the mystical connection Lennon felt with his mother. He describes her as an “ocean child” with “seashell eyes” and a “windy smile”, evoking a sense of her free-spirited nature and the joy she brought to his life. The use of natural motifs such as the “morning moon”, “floating sky”, and “silent cloud” further emphasizes the cyclical nature of life, and the idea that even after death, his mother was still present in the natural world around him.


Overall, “Julia” is a deeply moving tribute to the enduring bond between mother and son, and the ways in which love can transcend even the boundaries of life and death.


Line by Line Meaning

Half of what I say is meaningless
I speak of many things, but only half of it has a real meaning. However, I say them to reach you, Julia.


But I say it just to reach you, Julia
The things I say may not always have profound meanings, but I still express them because I hope they will reach you, Julia.


Julia, Julia
I am addressing you, Julia, twice to emphasize your importance and my connection to you.


Ocean child calls me
I feel a deep connection with the ocean like a child, and it calls me to be closer to nature.


So I sing a song of love
To express my love and emotions, I sing a song with a melody that connects me to the universe.


Julia
Repeating your name reminds me of our bond and connection.


Julia, seashell eyes
Your eyes remind me of the seashell, with their unique shape and colors binding me to nature.


Windy smile calls me
Your beautiful and gentle smile feels like a gentle breeze that calls me to love and admire you more.


Her hair of floating sky is shimmering
Your hair is like the sky above me, carefree and floating with its beautiful shimmering colors in the sun.


Glimmering in the sun
Your hair reflects the sunlight, and they together form a beautiful and magical sight.


Morning moon, touch me
The moon in the morning reminds me of you and touches my soul with its beauty and radiance.


When I cannot sing my heart
Sometimes, words may fall short in expressing what I truly feel in my heart.


I can only speak my mind, Julia
At times, the only way I can express my feelings to you is by speaking my thoughts, which may not be as powerful as my heart's true desires.


Julia, sleeping sand
You feel like the soft and warm sand on the beach, where I can rest and relax in your love.


Silent cloud, touch me
The cloud's silence reminded me of your subtle presence as though you are watching me, and it touches my soul.


Hmm-hmm-hmm
An interlude of humming, indicating my deep inexpressible emotions.


Calls me
I feel the urge to communicate with you, to express how much you mean to me.


So I sing a song of love
Once again, I sing a song of love to express my desires and connection with you, Julia.


For Julia
The song is dedicated to you, Julia, for whom I feel immense love and affection.


Julia, Julia
The song ends with the repetition of your name, which indicates my deep attachment to you, and I wish always to be connected to you.




Lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: John Lennon, Paul McCartney

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