"Julien" as written by Steve Forrest, William Lloyd, Brian Molko and Stefan Olsdal....
The playback is here
Take a look, is all around you
You though you'd never shed a tear
So this must astound you, and must confound you
Buy a ticket for the train
Hide in a suitcase if you have to
This ain't no singing in the rain
This is a twister that will destroy you

You can run but you can't hide
Because no one here gets out alive
Find a friend in whom you can confide
Julien, you're a slow motion suicide

Fallen angles in the night
And everyone is barred from Heaven
Just one more hit to make it right
But everyone turns into seven
Now hat it's snowing in your brain
Another ten will not placate you
This ain't no killer for the pain
This avalanche will suffocate you

You can run but you can't hide
Because no one here gets out alive
Find a friend in whom you can rely
Julien, you're being taken for a ride

You can run but you can't hide
Because no one here gets out alive
Find a friend in whom you can confide
Julien, you're a slow motion suicide

Slow-motion suicide [x9]

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"Julien" as written by William Lloyd Steve Forrest

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    Song Meaning'Julien' most likely refers to the character Julian Kay in Bret Easton Ellis's novel 'Less Than Zero', who was a heroin addict and male prostitute. This makes sense in the context of the "slow motion suicide" idea. Brian Molko name-checked the character of Julian Kay in the intro to their live version of the song "Special K" played at the Myspace Live Streaming Wednesday, on August 22nd 2007, so it's not some left-field guess.

    The line "you're being taken for a ride" could be a reference to the movie version of Less Than Zero, where Julian (played by Robert Downey Jr) dies of an overdose during a car ride at the end of the movie.

    The song where they mention the character: youtube.com/…
    Trailer for the movie: youtube.com/…
    Zefrem23on June 04, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI understand the numbers to refer to drug addiction. You take "one more hit" to make you feel good, to forget about your problems "to make it right". But you can't stop there, it feels so good you have to do it again, so every time you have just one more hit, it ends up being more like seven "but every one turns into seven". "Now that it's snowing in your brain" is describing what it feels like after taking so much of whatever drug. "Even ten will not placate you" - not even ten hits will make you feel better, you can't forget your problems/pain

    That being said, I think "slow motion suicide" refers to how, by doing large amounts of drugs, you're just slowly killing yourself. I get a picture of a guy sitting in a dirty room doing heroin ~ slowly killing himself
    Senzaion June 12, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Even ten will not placate you"

    I think it's interesting that Placebo is latin for "I will please/ I will placate"

    As if the drugs will never fully please him. Makes me feel like the music itself is a "placebo" or a way to please someone who is looking for something else.
    And I adore the concept of "slow motion suicide"
    like he's slowly killing himself but, it's not quick and painless. It's a drawn out torture.
    fhqwhgadson November 19, 2009   Link
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    My InterpretationTo my mind, I think this song refers to the protagonist of Stehndhal's novel, 'The Red And The Black'. Yeah, it's about religion and the position in has in Julien's life. It's a hell of a great song, nontheless.
    LeniVeraon July 31, 2010   Link
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    General Commentthis is my favourite songs from the new album by now.
    like the lyrics very much,a lot stronger that these in Meds album
    The song is obviously about revenge imo.
    freckle93on May 19, 2009   Link
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    General Comment"Fallen angels in the night
    And everyone is far from heaven"
    ..should be: "...And everyone is barred from heaven"

    LOVE this song!!
    i love how Brian's opening "The payback is here" and his catchy "slow motion suicide".. I imagine an attempt at suicide to be quick with as little pain as possible, but a "slow motion suicide" implies a prolonged suffering or a slow death that someone is bringing onto themself. I feel this other individual had a caustic nature about them, and now, like freckle93 said, Brian's getting his revenge.

    Can someone please explain his use of numbers in this song! like:
    "Just one more hit to make it right, But every one turns into seven" and "Now that's it's snowing in your brain, Even ten will not placate you"
    I really don't get these parts :(.. Thank you in advance!!
    vC8H10N4O2on May 29, 2009   Link
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    General CommentHere's a shot - since a lot of Placebo's lyrics contain Christian symbolism, these particular numbers could be viewed in the context of Biblical numbers as follows: one = unity of God and God is the creator of all; seven = completeness/ spiritual perfection or sanctification; ten = divine order through judgment of law (i.e. 10 Commandments).

    With this in mind, even though the lyric states that the angels have fallen (from grace?) and are "barred from heaven", the mere pursuit of this ideal of unity God and the continued attempt to live by God's law ("just one more hit will make it right") is enough and "every one turns into seven". As such, everyone can still achieve spiritual completness and perfection by believing in the unity of God even if they are flawed and commit sins. Obviously, poor Julien, who may be using religion as a crutch to get through life and is pacified by false hopes of a better afterlife, is not going to reach heaven and achieve unity and spiritual perfection anyway. Suicide, albeit a slow one, is against spiritual law and therefore divine judment will be harsh and not rule in his favor ("even ten will not placate you"). The lyrics advise that he seek someone or something else other than God or religion for comfort and placation because his actions undermine any chance of comfort and salvation ("...you're being taken for a ride"). Yet, after writing all of this, I am thinking that this could just be another warning against the perils of substance abuse and how drugs/alchol can offer a false sense of control and power over one's destiny and why people must seek out more positive outlets and support systems during tough times.
    carbonkid70on May 29, 2009   Link
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    General Commenthis voice in this is so sinister, i love it! the sound for the first part reminds me of their cover of 'the ballad for melody nelson', that's probably just me
    gimmefateon May 30, 2009   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReminds me a bit of 'Infra-Red...
    Astarte27on June 02, 2009   Link
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    General CommentI think it is "This ain't no killing for the pain", not "cure". It sounds more like that, anyway...
    teenagewifeon June 06, 2009   Link

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