"Julia" as written by John Winston Lennon and Paul James Mccartney....
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 hum, calls me
So I sing a song of love, Julia, Julia, Julia

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"Julia" as written by John Winston Lennon John Lennon

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    General CommentThe 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 CommentI 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 CommentOops, 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 CommentI 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 CommentThis song was inspired by the poems written by Gibran Khalil Gibran. This autor, I think he is libanese, has wirtten a lot of books. One of his most famous books is called the profet. The poemary from wich the beatles were inspired is called "sand and foam" In this poemary we can find lines like " half of what I say is meaningless, but i say it so the other half may reach you". Its a really nice poem, and Girban is also a very well known author.
    danielaperuon January 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentLennon wrote: "Half of what I say is meaningless
    But I say it just to reach you", Kahlil Gibran wrote: "half of what i say is meaningless, but i say it so the other half may reach you." I think anyone who is a poet or a songwriter knows that you write a line to communicate what's on your mind, then you work on a somewhat appropriate line that will rhyme with it, that may not say what you'd really like for it to say, but it's the best that can be done. Sometimes the writer inverts the two lines and the meaningless line comes first in order to make a better song or poem, or to give the latter line more emphasis, but you use the meaningless line anyway in order to create a song or a poem in the hopes that this will make what you want to say important enough for others to pay attention to it, and perhaps even to outlast your own life, to continue to communicate with those who will come after you are gone. Perhaps this is what Lennon and Gibran meant...
    Dr. Whiplashon November 19, 2007   Link
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    General Commentthis 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 CommentActually there are 2 parts in the song where John references Khalil Gibran's Sand and Foam.

    There's the part that goes "Half of what I say is meaningless; but I say it so that the other half may reach you." as others have stated before.

    Then in Gibran's poem:
    "When Life does not find a singer to sing her heart she produces a philosopher to speak her mind."
    becomes "When I cannot sing my heart, I can only speak my mind" in Julia.

    Sand and Foam is an incredible piece of literature. I think John must have been fond of it, because as I was reading it, I really felt the influence it had on John. I somehow felt John's presence through the words of the poem.
    nachozon September 01, 2010   Link
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    General CommentI 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 Commentthis 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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