For Julia

Written in the 1990s (I’ve got to find the original lyrics), For Julia was mostly an exercise in writing a song with irregular verses, building from one to four lines in length, then decreasing back to one, punctuated by a bridge after the three-line verses. It’s also an ode to irrational, self-denying love.

 

I might change my mind for Julia, for Julia

 

I might be on time

No more than one time for Julia, for Julia

 

I might make amends

With her foolish friends

I’ll see if I can for Julia, for Julia

 

She’s the one who’ll call me darling, she’s the one that I’ll call dear

 

I might hold her hand

Go along with her plan

Buy an acre of land

Become a tired old man for Julia, for Julia

 

I might soon be found

Crawling on the ground

Turning my music down for Julia, for Julia

 

She’s the one who’ll call me darling, she’s the one that I’ll call dear

 

I might know all her needs

I might be digging weeds for Julia, for Julia

 

I might lose my mind for Julia, for Julia

For Julia, for Julia

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