Beatles, The - Julia Lyrics

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

Julia, Julia, oceanchild, 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 hum... calls me
So I sing a song of love for Julia, Julia, Julia

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  1. Oi, Jesus


  2. Andres Scialpi

    Eternas Gracias John Lennon, amigo de la humanidad, por este himno!

  3. delil Binen

    Hiç Türk yok mu?

  4. Vinthony 24 Hour Cinema

    The harmonies you hear, and there are several, are all John on this.

  5. Oop an I

    This song is so short but it feels like it could go on forever

  6. Sophia Mitchell

    everybody is posting sad comments but all i want to say is croissant in a bowl of ranch

    John P

    The most hilarious thing about that comment is that you edited it

  7. His Overlord Upon High

    We named our daughter Julia. After this beautiful song. She is 20 years old.

  8. David Kerbane

    My name is Julia too

  9. golfdude2007

    John....Genius from another Planet

  10. patrick grondines

    beautiful song

  11. Thicc Ostricc

    Me: Listens to this beautiful song cuz I'm in love with a girl named Julia and I wanna sing this song to her

    Realizes this song is about John Lennon's mother..


  12. YuRi0 _

    from a comment on a site that interprets the song's meaning:

    "I think this song is about John explaining his love of Yoko to his dead mother "Half of what I say is meaningless," insinuates he is talking to a dead person and "Ocean child calls me," states that I have found my love
    He's essentially introducing Yoko to his mom."

    edit: Ocean child is the rough translation of the name Yoko

  13. VRIGNON Jeremy

    if you're interrested in 60's folk music, here's a playlist .. ♫

  14. Julia Benson

    My mom named me after this song... YAY

    Jose Lefian

    Julia Benson Lovely name.

    John P

    I named my daughter after this song.

  15. kingos_ potter

    ×0,25 extra terrestre

  16. Felipe

    I love the girl I like music taste!!

  17. Rémy Macca

    I think the Beatles were so great because they understood that a great melody and sometimes simplicity are all you need to have wonderful songs. Not saying they didn't make more complex music but man...their melodies on 2 minutes songs!

  18. Andre Richard

    Kalil G. anyone?

  19. Julia Vig.

    My dad used to be a deep Beatles lover, he named me Julia after this song. He also was a musician and he used to play and sing it to me.
    He passed away few months ago and now this song gives me so much love and so much pain as well.

    John Linnon

    I'm sorry. There's nothing anyone can say that hasn't been said, but I think John would say that death is just an opening to the next step, and is anything but dying, as people thing of death. Good luck.

    Julia Vig.

    @John Linnon thank you, I just hope father will be proud of me. I keep on doing music on my channel: especially the Beatles he used to love so much.

  20. Julia Gregory

    I didn't know this song even existed until I was told about it in dream. Thank you Father for all the Julias out there!

  21. Hayden Marshall

    John wanted to bone his mom

    El Idolo


    John Linnon

    That's a real mature comment. Does it make you feel superior, somehow?

    Hayden Marshall

    @John Linnon I'm not kidding.

  22. julia Brullo

    My name is Julia

  23. Steph

    Think of all the life John could have had, all the music he could have made, all the moments he could have found peace and happiness and one man took that all away from him.

    RIP John, I love you forever.

  24. Robert Dilano

    Man if you can sing and play this song on guitar, you can literally make any girl wet.

  25. Robert63675

    Таинственный гений Джон

  26. John Clark

    Brings Tears To My Eyes, Knowing That He Is With His Mother, Now, ( I Only Hope!)😢

  27. Robby Ramone

    Had to cry while listening to this beauty.

  28. Buzza Wuzza

    Loved this song forever, can hear it in my head

  29. julia nicholas

    thank you

  30. Ryan

    This was the first fingerpicking song I fully learned. Love John's work.

  31. Jayden V

    My girlfriends name is Julia aight time to learn this song

  32. Jason Van Buskirk

    If one really knows the story behind John and his mom, this song is so Beautiful and Sad at the same time. This and John's "Mother" are just haunting; so Tragic!!!

  33. theatre nerd -_-

    Lol, I have a crush. Her name is Julia. I’m a simple person

  34. Julia Benson

    My mom would sing this song to me

  35. Williamplaysguitar

    English: OcEaN cHiLd
    Yoko: ehhhhohhhh ihh ohh

  36. Meng Lu

    this song is for my best friend whose name is Juuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuulia

  37. Kelly Egan

    When I can not sing my heart, I can only speak my mind is one of the most beautiful lines in music

  38. David B

    If we ever get a Time Tunnel, I want to meet Julia. What a great thing she did for the world. A working class, struggling, young woman.

  39. David B

    You can still sing your heart, Johnny. His mother. So poignant.

  40. Julia Alyssandra

    my name's Julia =) all the Julias and those who like this name, like 👇🏻

  41. The new AidanWBA !!

    A great song!!!!!!

  42. Tate Miller

    The sound of the blossoming of a spring flower

  43. Mark Barlow

    I know a girl that works in Cordova mall...and I want to know her more 😘

    Mark Barlow

    @David B OK? And if I do is that how I get laid? Or do I play coy?

    David B

    @Mark Barlow It's not all about your organs or your testosterone, either. Play like a grown-up and a mature man. Run the same questions past your mother, if you had one.

    Mark Barlow

    @David B ok. Lol

    John Linnon

    All he said was he wants to get to know this girl. Big deal. I don't sense any ego. Go for it, Mark- we need more romance in a dying world.

    David B

    @John Linnon Romance, yes. Vulgar and crude juvenile testosterone, no. Look at his posts. He went immediately to "how I get laid" (just as I sussed him out, accurately).
    NO! Your grandmothers would never have put up with such a cretin.

  44. Juh Resende

    This is my music my name is julia

  45. eugene brodeur

    A sweet beautiful song about his mother that he didn't know too well. That's genius.

  46. Crim 5009

    Rest In Peace John and Julia Lennon.

    Only Beatles song that make me cry, this is beautiful.

  47. Michael McCurry

    I love my wife and my mother.

    David B

    What else is new?
    The price of tea in China?

  48. Caio Alves

    julia era a mae de john lennon

    David B

    We are all speaking English on this listing, except you, apparently.

  49. John Yohann

    This sounds like maybe early Floyd.

  50. Daniel Cook

    Is it just me or does the start sound similar to dear prudence?

    David B

    It's just you. Like a total dumb-a.

    El Idolo

    @David B
    Mate, why be a dick about it?

    John P

    Yes, you are right. Donovan taught John Lennon some finger picking patterns on guitar in India and John used them to write a few songs. Another one is "Look at Me" which which ended up on the Plastic Ono Band album.

  51. SpagelSmegal

    Everytime I play this I think of falling in love with someone as well my mum who passed away a few years ago. it’s weird because everytime the the person I fall in love with would be motherly like my mom. maybe this is how John Lennon felt

  52. geneland

    Who could give this song a thumbs down?

    David B

    Sociopaths. Psychopaths. Plus, millions of other Deltas, Losers, and just plain musically illiterate, marginally-educated, and disgusting sub-humans.


    @David B Agreed

  53. tomes2

    This was john’s memorial for his mother

  54. Bianca Santos

    I wish my name was Julia :(

  55. FrenchFriesBoy

    Rest in peace John.

  56. Thisis Theway

    Hurts more today than any other day..
    39 years already..

  57. Jaeyeon Kim

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

  58. mark styles

    I loved the lyrics of John's songs.. They could be so personal, get real heavy, then he'd throw in nonsense words.. brilliant how he put words together.

  59. stevieray56

    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.

    troy rudy

    beautifully written and explained. thank you

  60. Salnsd

    great album GREAT

  61. Sorulay

    My father dedicated this song to me for my graduations <3 love you, dad.

  62. Vitor Girotto

    Julia is someone who doesn't get out of my mind, she's so close but so distance, the world play with us

  63. Julia Schroter

    Ugh I never knew they made a song for me I'm flattered 🙃

  64. Mariel Wheeler

    "half of what i say is meaningless, but i say it just to reach you" is maybe my favorite line of any song. so real.

    John P

    Mine too, another one I love is "When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind"

  65. julia Brullo

    My name is Julia 😍😍

  66. Joe Case

    his death anniversary is coming again soon.. one of the saddest days of my life..

  67. Colin McMahon

    ("Tele-Met Tree")

    Nice going, Michael's. Saintly.

  68. Colin McMahon

    Constantly, with just The One day away.

    Smack* Stella around d a bit until I get there.

    ...If that not that What it looked and felt like, and WAS, I carried the next queue of victims out of. All at once.

  69. Judy Ledbetter

    ❤ This Song. Totally Beautiful.
    God Bless.

  70. Suvajit Saha

    I miss my grandmom. Hope she's fine wherever she's. ♥️

  71. Julia Nowell

    My song forever

  72. kim krause

    Most gorgeous song and expression of love❤️

  73. Julia Gardner

    ( ˘ ³˘)♥

  74. Rømane Deaky

    My little sister's name is Julia, and my brother is named Paul.

  75. matspurs

    im 2 years older than John, when he was murdered

  76. just some playlists

    Sems than John is crying in some parts of this song

  77. Ingrid Fong-Daley

    i was adopted when i was 12 and my parents made me change my name: i wanted to change it to Julia, but they wouldn't let me. So in 2000, i named my daughter Julia, and she's glorious... :)

  78. Osvaldo Menezes


  79. Kevin McArdle

    To his mother hit and killed by a car when John was young.

  80. mr nobody

    I love this song 💞💞

  81. Julia Lazzara

    I love my name 💕

  82. John gatti


  83. teddibearsworld

    Started out being about his mom... ended up being about Yoko .


    teddibearsworld possibly as how he felt with the pain of loss they became one in the same

  84. Adalberto Buitrago

    The beatles in my humble opinion is or was the most creative group in history. They change the vision of music. I know that the americans felt ofended somehow because they have the king of rock. Elvis. And he was exelent. But as times goes bye new things and new forms of espresing rock came along. I remember the british invation. They have theyr way to play. Not only rock and roll but classic music. For example in mi opinion i love ccr the way they play that rock is unmistakable. Any way. I was in cuba and for been a hippy. Not only went to prison. But the comunist regime. Trow me out

  85. Nicholas Gonzalez

    I love how this transitions beautifully from I Will to this.

  86. LP D'A

    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 for Julia, Julia, Julia

  87. Julia Kohler

    This song make me so happy

  88. Julia Kohler

    Hi guys

  89. Julia Kohler

    My name is.... julia

  90. Julia Moseley

    My name is Julia so I think I’m pretty lucky!

  91. JoJo MeVi

    See You Space Cowboy

  92. brian is baby

    My grandmother’s name is Julia, she passed away a year before i was born, I dedicate this song to you. My beautiful grandma..

  93. Dylan Merten

    Whenever the line "when I cannot sing my heart" comes, it hits emotionally for me. Most likely because of his pause til the next line

  94. Ron Roumanis

    Such a poignant song. The progression in the chorus is brilliant. It's scary how moving this is.

  95. S u n f l o w e r

    1:00 Cuando escuchas esta parte te das cuenta de la magia de la canción

  96. Princess Zelda

    Just broke up with my girlfriend Julia....