behind the music: julie's 16th birthday
Thanks (I think) to reader Brian, we have discovered the real meaning behind the song Julie's Sixteenth Birthday.
While the lyrics are quite umm..meaningful (see, Sap that Sells), I still don't see how they explain the cover art.
tissues puke bag ready.
JULIE'S SIXTEENTH BIRTHDAY
What's your hurry Jim? One more drink won't hurt nothin'
Well okay I said buth then I got to be runnin'
you see my little Julie just turned sixteen today
and tonight she is going out on her very first date
Lord knows I never been much of a father
Probably spent more time right here than I have at home with
So tonight I'm making up for a lotta lost time
a lot of hurt feelings and a lot of broken promises
For once in my life I'm gonna do something right
I'm gonna be home for my Julie tonight
Its her sixteenth birthday (spoken) and you know its her first
This is one promise that I'm not gonna break
Aw come on, have one more Jim...you got plenty of time
But that one led to many and I lost track of the time
When I looked at my watch it was a quarter till eight
So I left in a hurry since I was already late
As I got closer to home I started to think
Won't do me no harm to have one more drink
So I reached for the bottle I kept under the seat
When I looked up, my whole life passed right in front of me
Next thing I remembered I was just comin' to
In a hospital bed and right then I knew
That I'd caused something awful to happen last night
On my way home to Julie to set myself right
At the foot of the bed stood my best friend Lou
He walked to my side and asked what he could do
I said, "Lou, I know I won't make it but don't let me die
Not knowin' the truth 'bout what happened last night
He said, "Jim, you lost control, crossed the yellow line
Hit a car head on and Lord I wish I was lyin'
Cause a young man was injured and a lovely girl died
And I thought about that last drink and tears filled my eyes
Ed note: You know what's going to happen next, don't you?
I said Lou, should I pass on before she comes in
Be sure and tell Julie how sorry I am for spoilin' her birthday
He said, "Jim, you can save your breath
Cause when you meet her in heaven, you can tell her yourself
Raise your hand if you were blindsided by that revelation.
Didn't think so.
Anyhow, I still think the Julie in the picture is a runaway teenage prostitute.