She's got houseplants
To keep her company
I bought her a goldfish
She named it after me
We look at old photographs
Of lovers come and gone
Ask her if it makes her sad
She says "son you've got so much to learn."

Juliette
The love of life that you have kept
Juliette
Smiling on her dying bed
Juliette
Got a grace about you yet
Juliette
Smoking her last cigarette

Three is tea time
She puts on Patsy Cline
Cuts the crusts off sandwiches
Mentions how she don't mind dyin'

Tells stories about Pearl and Earl
Best friends that she once had
We do the dishes
Then she says it's time for bed

Juliette
The love of life that you have kept
Juliette
Smiling on her dying bed
Juliette
Got a grace about you yet
Juliette
Smoking her last cigarette

We ate ice cream
Last night before she slept
No plans for breakfast
Except to read the note she left
Gray and white skies
That day was a blur for me
She made me promise not to cry
So here is a drink I drink to thee

Juliette
The love of life that you have kept
Juliette
Smiling on her dying bed
Juliette
Got a grace about you yet
Juliette
Smoking her last cigarette

Juliette
Juliette


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    My InterpretationI'm fairly certain it's about an old lady (possibly his mother or grandmother, but more likely his friend / someone he takes care of, because he keeps referring to her first name instead of 'mom' or similar family terms) who has come to terms with dying and doesn't mind the idea of her life coming to an end. She had a lot of life experience ( "son, you have so much to learn"), they look at old photographs, she mentions friends with rather dated names; it's rather unlikely she isn't old. What interests me is if it is a true story dedicated to someone, or just a song
    dylan1547on August 19, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTaken from Hollerado's website
    juinloveon May 23, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti think this song is about a memory. probably about a family figure i think it is his grandmother.
    rory177on August 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    Song MeaningIt's about this guy's girl (friend or girlfriend most likely) commiting suicide. Before she did, he would often notice how comfortable she was with the idea of death. So comfortable she could passively talk about it while cutting the crust off of bread.

    I love how he gives the little Romeo and Juliette refference with 'I drink to thee' after seeing she was gone. Very classy stuff.

    Pearl and earl: riches and friends
    Going to sleep: dying

    Definitely one of my favorite songs that I found in Blalock's playlist :)
    spudruckmanon September 16, 2010   Link
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    General CommentAbout either his mom or grand-ma being terminally ill. How somebody who knows they're about to die cam be so accepting of it.
    hereistheclueon April 26, 2011   Link
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    General CommentI agree with Dylan. I think it's likely that the eponymous Juliette is actually some familial relation, he's simply gotten to know her more on a friend-to-friend level than mother-to-child or what have you. He goes to visit her for the last time, and they both know it. I think that's what's the most sad about the song - the loss of a loved one, even if they've come to peace with it, can sometimes be hard to bear.
    RamuneDrinkon June 29, 2014   Link
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    My InterpretationI think that the story arc is, if taken literally, a person who frequently visits an elderly friend or possibly family member. The use of the first name suggests that it isn't family, although it could just be because it sounds better than 'grandma' or 'aunt Juliette'. In any case, they talk and share stories and enjoy each other's company but she has some sort of terminal illness or is simply ready to pass on and she eventually commits suicide, hence the note. The fact she fell 'asleep' suggests she poisoned herself in some way.
    FallenUpon January 19, 2015   Link

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