September 7th, 2010

Music Machine

Julie Don't Live Here

I bought my copy of ELO's album Time long ago, before the re-release in 2001.  The version I purchased was identical to the original LP release in 1981; the 2001 version included as bonus tracks 3 songs that were cut from the original album.  I hunted these songs down on YouTube just to see what I was missing.  I didn't care much for "The Bouncer" (and I couldn't see where that would fit into the album) or "When Time Stood Still", but I really loved "Julie Don't Live Here".  It's a shame the song was cut from the original album, as it would have added considerably to the story.

The album Time, of course, is about time travel.  A man is brought from 1981 to the year 2095.  "Julie Don't Live Here" would have been roughly midway through the album, probably right after "The Way Life's Meant To Be".  It's about the protagonist trying to find his old girlfriend and coming to the realization that everything from his past is gone.  This is really a major turning point in the narrative and I can't understand why it was ever dropped.

I wander through the town
A town I knew so well but it seems so strange
The wind blows cold
I remember when I thought your street was paved with gold
I walked along the street
A street I walked along many times before
The things have changed
Everything I ever knew was gone or rearranged

Julie don't live here anymore
(Julie don't live here anymore)
She moved away many years before
(Julie don't live here anymore)
How can it be, this I can't believe
Julie don't live here anymore

I walked up to your door
Last night I saw your face in the window
But it was different now
The lonely light where we used to be quite gone

I thought about your smile
Your laughing eyes and the things you said to me
I felt so sorry for you
For all the nights we spent hanging around with nothing else to do



Julie don't live here anymore
Julie don't live here anymore
Julie don't live here anymore
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