The Beatles -- ‘Julia’

Julia (2.54)

John Lennon: Double-tracked lead vocal, double-tracked acoustic guitar;

If you don’t know your Beatles history then you might mistake this for a love song, but it’s actually about John’s dead mother. The lyric is complicated however by passing references to his future wife – “Ocean child” means Yoko in Japanese.

The line “Half of what I say is meaningless” seems to have been lifted from Kahlil Gibran’s ‘The Prophet’, which goes on to say “When life does not find a singer to sing her heart she produces a philosopher to speak her mind.”

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Take 2 Julia (1.57)

John Lennon: Lead vocal, acoustic guitar;

This delicate take begins with John almost whispering the lyrics into the mike, before dropping the vocals totally to concentrate on his guitar. Unfortunately he screws up halfway through and the take breaks down.

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