"Julie With..." as written by and Brian Eno....
I am on an open sea
Just drifting as the hours go slowly by
Julie with her open blouse
Is gazing up into the empty sky.

Now it seems to be so strange here
Now it's so blue
The still sea is darker than before...

No wind disturbs our coloured sail
The radio is silent, so are we
Julie's head is on her arm
Her fingers brush the surface of the sea.

Now i wonder if we'll be seen here
Or if time has left us all alone
The still sea is darker than before...

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"Julie with..." as written by Brian Eno

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    My InterpretationThis song continues the relaxed atmosphere of the previous song, moving us further in the direction of stillness with a reduced tempo, languid synths and guitar arpeggios, and no percussion whatsoever. Death seems constantly immanent in this song and the next (as well as the previous one, for the matter).

    Science gets pretty useless when you're dealing with death, I think. The protagonist of this song is floating idly in the sea with "Julie" of the title, with her "open blouse" flapping in the breeze. Did the protagonist kill Julie, causing the water to become "darker than before?" Or is that just the sunset of their approaching end, as both are seemingly stranded at sea ("now I wonder if we'll be seen here, or if time has left us all alone"). Personally I doubt that Julie is dead. Most likely she & Eno are simply adrift in the open ocean. Eno does not say why, leaving the question open.

    The overall mood is pensive. Despite impending death at sea, fear, loneliness, at a time of maximum desperation, the music simply records impressions of senses in the location, only once or twice tracking an abstract thought that may pass by. The music and words work together to create a stillness in the face of death, of calm acceptance even, and love. Why panic? Death is nothing to fear -- Eno's perspective undercuts basic mainstream assumptions in the West, yet become ever more urgent day by day (the wretched fuel for the rat race, I think...).

    The next song, another still, water-based number, continues these themes further.
    msmoxwilliamson October 07, 2014   Link
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    General CommentI read that the narrator of the song has killed/will kill Julie. I totally wouldn't have guessed that, but now I see it! I think the song's hauntingly beautiful. When I have a girl later in my life, I'm naming her after this.
    greenmilkon March 13, 2007   Link
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    My OpinionI've always thought that the two of them floating on the dark sea is about being lost at sea in a life boat and that the end is near. The clue for me is the hopelessness I hear in the music and the line "Now I wonder if we'll be seen here"
    trinitieson November 27, 2012   Link

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