What's Ever Become Of Julie?

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David writes: I wrote the first two verses of "Julie" about an incident of love at first sight that I had. I was living in Boston and had just started a job for an environmental task force that canvassed neighborhoods soliciting money to clean up Boston Harbor and Massachusetts Bay; I wasn't very good at it. It was Julie's first day too. I'm not going to bother to describe her, because my idea of beautiful may not be yours, and besides, love at first sight has more to do with a feeling that overcomes you when in someone's prescence than actual physical attractiveness. She told me that she was 20, had just moved to Boston from Pennsylvania and was studying at the Boston School of Fine Arts. We also discovered that we lived in the same strip of apartments. I lived at 1191 Boylston Street and she lived at, I think, 1186 or something. After work I was going to a party, but I was too shy to ask her along. Since she was going home, we had to go in opposite directions. We waited at the "T" station and talked and flirted. Her train came first. She walked to it, turned back, smiled and waved goodbye. I never saw her again. I often wonder what would have happened if I had asked her to the party. Since then, only one other woman has made me feel they way Julie made me feel. But that's another story, and another song.

Adam writes: As Dave mentioned, he wrote the first few verses then I brought it home. I just want to make it clear that, despite accusations to the contrary, this song does not have a happy ending. That's all I wanted to say about that.

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When she walked into a room
She turned it into Mars
She turned ice cream parlors into bars
Violins into guitars
How I wish I knew where you are
What's ever become of Julie?

When she went to the zoo
She turned lions into cats
Alligators into welcome mats
Flamingos into bats
How I wish I knew where you were at
What's ever become of Julie?

Julie - I never knew anyone quite like you
Julie - I never knew anyone
could do what you do
Julie - Could you turn me
into something, too?
Turn me into someone new.

When she walked out of my life
She turned it into tears
She turned days into years
and loving into fears
How I wish that you were here
What's ever become of Julie?

Julie - I never knew anyone quite like you
Julie - I never knew anyone
could do what you do
Julie - Could you turn me
into something, too?
Turn me into someone new.

Julie - I just went back to the zoo
Julie - I was hoping I'd run into you
There you were, a chameleon
Then, I became one, too
You've turned me into something new.

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from Elephino (1998), released February 2, 1998
music: Adam Rabin
lyrics: David Delaney and Adam Rabin

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Adam Rabin Burlington

Where Prog Rock meets Geek Rock. Adam Rabin is a Vermont songwriter/multi-instrumentalist who has also played with Elephants of Scotland, Mailbox, and musical improv troupe She Thicc. You can also hear Adam’s music on the podcasts: Improvised Weapons, Improv Overdrive, What The Hell Are You Watching, and Vermont Favorites. ... more

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