Julia (The Beatles song)

Julia (The Beatles song)

Song infobox
Name = Julia
Artist = The Beatles
Album =

Released = 22 November 1968
track_no = 17 of disc 1
Recorded = 13 October 1968
Genre = Acoustic pop
Length = 2:54
Writer = Lennon-McCartney
Label = Apple Records
Producer = George Martin
Tracks = Side one
#"Back in the U.S.S.R."
#"Dear Prudence"
#"Glass Onion"
#"Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da"
#"Wild Honey Pie"
#"The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill"
#"While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
#"Happiness Is a Warm Gun"Side two
  • "Martha My Dear"
    #"I'm So Tired"
    #"Rocky Raccoon"
    #"Don't Pass Me By"
    #"Why Don't We Do It in the Road?"
    #"I Will"
    #"Julia"Side three
    #"Yer Blues"
    #"Mother Nature's Son"
    #"Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey"
    #"Sexy Sadie"
    #"Helter Skelter"
    #"Long, Long, Long"Side four
  • "Revolution 1"
    #"Honey Pie"
    #"Savoy Truffle"
    #"Cry Baby Cry"
    #"Revolution 9"
    #"Good Night"
    Misc = Extra tracklisting
    Album = Love
    Type = compilation
    prev_track = "Glass Onion"
    prev_no = 3
    this_track = "Eleanor Rigby/Julia (transition)"
    track_no = 4
    next_track = "I Am the Walrus"
    next_no = 5

    "Julia" is a song by The Beatles. It is the final song on side two (and disc one, in the CD era) of the band's 1968 album, "The Beatles" (often called "The White Album").


    "Julia" was written by John Lennon, and features Lennon on vocals and acoustic guitar. It was written during the Beatles' 1968 visit to India, where they were studying under the Maharishi Mahesh Yogi. It was here Lennon learned the song's finger-picking guitar style (known as 'Travis-picking') from the Scottish musician Donovan. No other Beatle sings or plays on the recording. While Paul McCartney made several "solo" compositions attributed to the group, dating back to his famous song "Yesterday", this is the only time that Lennon played and sang unaccompanied on a Beatles track.

    "Julia" was written for John's mother Julia Lennon (1914-1958), who was knocked down and killed by a car driven by an off-duty police officer when John was 17 years old. It was also written for his future wife Yoko Ono, whose first name, which literally means "child of the sea" in Japanese, is echoed in lyrics such as "Oceanchild, calls me." An alternative theory suggests that the song was written for Julian Lennon, John's son.

    The first two lines of the song – "Half of what I say is meaningless/ But I say it just to reach you, Julia" – were adapted from the poem "Sand and Foam," by the Lebanese poet Kahlil Gibran. The original line is: "Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half may reach you." The line, "When I cannot sing my heart/I can only speak my mind" is taken from the line, "When life does not find a singer to sing her heart she produces a philosopher to speak her mind," from the same work.

    Other versions

    "Julia" has been covered by Ramsey Lewis, Bongwater, Chocolate Genius, Baptiste Trotignon, Medeski, Scofield, Martin & Wood, and John's and Yoko's son, Sean Lennon. Sean performed the song live on October 2, 2001 at the Radio City Music Hall in New York City, as part of the "" concert special.

    On the "Love" album, "Julia" is mixed with Eleanor Rigby, sounds of children playing from what sounds like the World Wildlife Foundation album version of "Across the Universe", the cello from "A Day In The Life", and the screaming ambulance from "Revolution 9", as well as the radio tuning from "I Am the Walrus."

    According to record producer Butch Vig, "Julia" was sometimes played by Kurt Cobain at Nirvana recording sessions in 1991 [http://www.garbage.suite.dk/archive.html] .


    *John Lennon – vocals, acoustic guitar

    External links

    * [http://www.icce.rug.nl/~soundscapes/DATABASES/AWP/j.shtml Alan W. Pollack's song notes]
    * [http://www.beatlesbible.com/songs/julia/ The Beatles Bible: Julia]

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