Valotte

Album: Valotte (1984)
Charted: 55 9
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  • Sitting on the doorstep of the house I can't afford
    I can feel you there
    Thinking of a reason, well, it's really not very hard
    to love you even though you nearly lost my heart
    How can I explain the meaning of our love
    It fits so tight, closer than a glove

    [ Chorus ]

    Sitting on a pebble by the river playing guitar
    Wonderin' if we're really ever gonna get that far
    Do you know there's something wrong
    'Cause I've felt it all along

    I can see you face in the mirrors of my mind
    Will you still be there
    We're really not so clever as we seem to think we are
    We've always got our troubles
    So we'll solve them at the bar
    The days go by, we seem to drift apart
    If I could only find a way to keep hold of your heart

    [ Repeat chorus ]

    Sitting in the valley as I watch the sun go down
    I can see you there
    Thinking of a reason, well, it's really not very hard
    to love you though you nearly lost my heart
    When will we know when the change is gonna come
    I've got a good feeling and it's coming from the sun

    Sitting on a pebble by the river playing guitar
    Wonderin' if we're really ever gonna get that far
    Do you know there's something wrong
    We'll stick together 'cause we're strong Writer/s: CARLTON MORALES, JULIAN LENNON, JUSTIN CLAYTON
    Publisher: Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 14

  • Rob T from AzI always thought the line was “sitting on a TABLE by the river…”, like a picnic table. Is pebble slang for something in British English? Does he mean he’s sitting on a pebble beach? Sitting on a single pebble, causing discomfort? Usually when I find out the correct lyrics to a song, it’s an “aha!” moment, but in this case they make even less sense than what I misheard.
  • Celeste from UnknownJulian was rejected and neglected by John so I think he had a lot of unresolved feelings to write about. Let's face it John wasn't a great parent because his own parents weren't great to him.
  • Jen W from OhioI love Julian Lennon's song, Valotte. It has a good rhythm to it, such a beautiful song! Julian sounds just like his father! I loved The Beatles music also. Such talented men!!! Julian is so musically talented, just like his father. Thank you Julian Lennon and The Beatles for such awesome, uplifting, and beautiful music.
  • Heidi Dietrich from MassachusettsNah, Mitch. People already expect him to be like his dad and he has spent time trying to have his own identity. On his Facebook page, he says that his page is NOT a Beatles page or something to that effect.
  • Mitch45 from New YorkJulian looked and sounded so much like John, it would have been nice if he could have recorded a few songs with the three other Beatles still alive in the ‘80s.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn January 5th, 1985, Julian Lennon performed "Valotte" on the ABC-TV program 'American Bandstand'...
    Three months earlier on October 14th, 1984 it entered Billboard's Hot Top 100 chart; and on January 6th, 1985 it peaked at #9 (for 1 week)...
    It made two other Billboard charts; #2 on the Mainstream Rock chart and #4 on the Adult Contemporary Tracks chart...
    On the same 'Bandstand' show he also performed his Top 100 #5 hit, "Too Late For Goodbyes" (and on March 16th, 1985 it reached #1 (for 2 weeks) on Billboard's Adult Contemporary Tracks chart)...
    Mr. Lennon, born John Charles Julian Lennon, will celebrate his 51st birthday in three months on April 8th.
  • John from Grand Island, NyPeople, his other hit is called "Too Late For Goodbyes"...let's at least get the title right...this is songfacts after all. His last real hit was "Stick Around" from 1986 "The Secret Value of Daydreaming" LP. He would never again reach the level of success as with his first 2 albums. Sad as he definitely had talent.
  • Bob from Port Leyden, NyNot sure what the meaning of this song is.
    Rated 5 for music only.
  • Erik from Bloomfield Hills, MiThis is a tragically underrated tune, a true classic.
  • Ruth from Indianapolis, InPoor Julian. This song was good in its own right, but everyone kept comparing him to his dad when it was released.
  • John from Buffalo, NyThe video was shot at Beartracks studio's in Suffern NY as was most of the album...
  • Kevin from Reading , PaThis is a good song, but it could have used a better title. I realize it was the name of the studio where it was recorded, but I don't believe it gets mentioned in the words of the song. If it does, it comes and goes pretty quick. Julian's other hit off this album was "Say You're Wrong," a good '80s rock tune that sounds dated now because of the somewhat silly sounding (at least by today's standards) synthesizer breaks. I think it was his last hit.
  • Madison from Norway, MeI love this song so much but for some reason it doesn't get a lot of airplay (not even on satellite). You usually hear "Its Much Too Late For Goodbye"
  • Ken from Louisville, KyPhil Ramone produced this album, but didn't have a lot of time to spend on it, so several "guest" arraigers did the arriagments on the individual songs.

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