Julianne (song)

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Song by Ben Folds Five
from the album Ben Folds Five
Released August 8, 1995 (1995-08-08)
Studio Wave Castle, Chapel Hill, North Carolina
Genre Alternative rock
Length 2:31
Label Passenger/Caroline
Songwriter(s) Benjamin Scott Folds
Producer(s) Caleb Southern
Ben Folds Five track listing
"Where's Summer B.?"

"Julianne" is a song from Ben Folds Five's 1995 self-titled first album.[1] It was written by Ben Folds.[2] It is best known for its opening line: "I met this girl, she looked like Axl Rose...."[3]


The song is about a man in denial about the effect the end of a relationship with the title character has had on him. Sparked by waking up the morning after a one-night stand, the man engages in behavior he knows his ex would look down upon to prove that the break-up has had little impact on him. This painfully transparent front reveals the man is trying to get back at his ex as a means of coping. The song implies that the man still deeply misses Julianne.

In its use of sound effects, the song recalls the early career of Billy Joel, to whom Folds has often been compared.

Additional versions[edit]

A live version of the song, recorded November 26, 1996, at the former LA2 nightclub in London, appears on the 1998 compilation and rarities album Naked Baby Photos.[4]