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, Julia, Julia, Julia.



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"Julia" as written by John Winston Lennon, Paul James Mccartney

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    General Comment:The phrase "ocean child" is a reference to Yoko Ono; it is the literal meaning of the Japanese name Yoko.
    butterfingersbeckon July 08, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:I think this song is about John ..somewhat explaining his love of Yoko to his dead mother..
    Half of what I say is meaningless... he is talking to a dead person
    Ocean child calls me... I have found my love
    Kindof like introducing Yoko to his mom.
    MickeyMousEarson December 24, 2004   Link
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    General Comment:I think that this is one of the most beautifull songs that i´ve ever heard. It´s no doubt, it´s about the mos wonderfull love that exist in the world, that one that never let you down and ever is with you when you need it; the mother´s love, of the losted mother. Memories from his childhood come to john´s mind like a dream of a child; sunny days of games and caresses, of human heat, of sweet smiles. It is a way to meet up whith the lost mother, to touch its face, to caress her and to let himself caress by her, to feel her. All it with the inevitable presence of Yoko-oceanchild-, being this the one who fill the empty affective place left by his mother, after her tragic death. Simply wonderful!
    unplacebaxon December 06, 2005   Link
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    General Comment:this is a truely great song; I can only think of two things to say about this song. John Lennon sees his mother in everything because she is always at the forefront of his mind and or he believes that when she died she became part of everything, one with God.
    stpittsson October 08, 2009   Link
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    General Comment:I think this song is about John longing to be able to see and talk to his mother again, but maybe it's just the name Julia that makes me think that. Lines 1 and 2 lead me to believe that it may be, though.
    0coolon January 06, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:this song is obviously about his mother and in my opinion is the best Beatle song ever. it is a very emotional song. i am naming my first daughter after this song.
    song4juliaon January 17, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:John's mother Julia died when he was 16. She was hit by a car and died almost suddenly. I believe this song is about his longing to see his mother again, and how he regrets not being able to know her. John grew up with his Aunt Mimi, who was Julia's sister.
    This song is on "The Beatles" or "The White Album" which is what most people refer to it as. Anyway, that's about all I have to say. Oh yeah, this song rocks...and John Lennon is the greatest singer/songwriter who has ever lived.
    The Beatles Forever
    Tuesdayz_goneon February 10, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Oops, didn't mean when Julia was 16, she died when John was 16. Sorry folks!
    Tuesdayz_goneon February 10, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:i think its the greatest song about a girl ever. it always kinda bugged me that it was about his mom, but it is kinda about Yoko also, liek wit the "ocean child" line. This song can never get old. Aside from being one of the best song writers of all time, after listening 2 this song and hearing the melody and the way he sings it i'm sure John's the bets composer of music ever. JUST LISTEN 2 THIS SONG!!! the music i AMAZING!!
    Bickleon August 15, 2002   Link
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    General Comment:...the first line always bothered me...as for the yoko reference, what i get from it is he wants to take his love for his mother and give it all to yoko...that he sees his mother in yoko and giving up would be like losing his mother again...only from misery could such beauty unfold...wdc
    venusinfurson September 02, 2002   Link

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