Pink Floyd: Julia Dream Meaning
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Julia Dream Lyrics
Lighter than an eiderdown
Will she let the weeping willow
Wind his branches round
Julia dream, dreamboat queen, queen of all my dreams
Every night I turn the light out
Waiting for the velvet bride
Will the scaly...
anonymous Mar 22nd, 3:35pm report
This song is about the feelings of loss and desire that dreams can leave you with. It explores the way dreams can hold more hope and meaning than the waking hours, but also greater terrors.
The first verse is of waking and experiencing the loss of a great love evapourating along with your dream. Dreams can be very real, as can the feelings experienced within them.
Sunlight upon the pillow signifies morning. The singer is the "weeping willow"; grieving at the loss of waking from a dream of Julia, a great beauty ("dreamboat") whom he worships in his dream, and suffering the loss of realising the the love was a dream. He weeps, trying to get back to sleep, to see if he can return to Julia's embrace ("will you let the weeping willow wind his branches round").
From then on, every night he hopes to return to Julia in his dreams. She is his "velvet bride"; velvet often being a similie for both night and softness or gentleness. However, dreams are rarely coherent and the dreamer is as likely to be hunted by strangeness (the "scaly armadillo") as be visited by his perfect love.
The final verse runs with the unpredictable and often frightening nature of dreams. It also explores their captivating nature and prophetic potential. He is seeking within his dreams, seeking Julia, but this twists into seeking for meaning and answers to life in general. He feels there are answers to be had there, but the questions are as frightening as the potential answers; his dreams have become his master, his obsession, and he wonders if they will unhinge him ("will the misty master break me?"), or whether they will give him the answers he seeks ("will the key unlock my mind?"). The fear of mortality raises its head in the last two lines; the fear of being inexorably pursued by death and confronting that which we all confront eventually. Will he age and die before he finds love, in his dreams, or his waking hours?
anonymous Aug 8th, 2013 8:08am report
Michael Quercio leader of Three O' Clock once said that his group played music for "kids who don't have any friends". This song expresses the love of a young socially-isolated (because of his atypical sensitivity) boy for a beautiful girl from afar. I know this feeling well. Today I have been married for over 30 years, but I still dream of Pamela, a girl I was secretly in love with when I was 12 but never got to know.
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