Juliana Hatfield

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I've been sleeping through my life
Now I'm waking up
And I want to stand in the sunshine
A heart that hurts, is a heart, a heart that works.

Juliana Hatfield (born 27 July 1967) is an American musician and singer-songwriter from the Boston area, formerly of the indie rock bands Blake Babies, The Juliana Hatfield Three, Some Girls, and The Lemonheads.


  • I never really cared about achieving commercial success. As soon as I was signed to a record company, I felt like I made it because I was able to quit my day job. To me, success was just not having to have a boss and not having a day job. So I’ve been living my own version of success since the early ’90s when I first got signed and I haven’t had a job since then. I’m pretty happy about that. When I did have a little bit of commercial success, it really didn’t suit my temperament at all. I’m a terrible public person. I’m happier where I am now.
  • A lot of so-called Christian souls are not fine. People need to look inside themselves and look at the lives they’re leading and fix themselves before they try to fix other people.
    • Interview by Matt Ryan for MAGNET magazine
  • The most rabidly religious people are the most rabidly evil.
    • Interview by Matt Ryan for MAGNET magazine

Become What You Are (1993)[edit]

  • I am only human, I am weak.
    I want his power inside of me.
    And I'm not talking about a piece of meat.
    I'm saying something really deep.
    • "President Garfield"
  • I'm a goddess in your eyes, and I will never die.
    I was born of people's needs, and what they don't wanna believe.
    But I am a liar, that's the truth, go home and think it through.
    That's the harm in mystery, all you know is what you see.

    I got no idols.

    • "I Got No Idols"

Only Everything (1995)[edit]

  • Beauty can be sad. You're proof of that.
    When the damage is done, you're damaged goods.
    That's not to say it's not okay.
    I wouldn't have it any other way.

    A heart, a heart that hurts, is a heart, a heart that works.

    • "Universal Heart-Beat"
  • Reach inside carefully.
    Feel my psyche.
    Make it last.
    Put this moment under glass.
    • "Bottles and Flowers"
  • Love is everywhere I'm not allowed.
    I feel he's been to hell, but he's near to heaven now.
    I need to see it. I can't not have it, so inscrutable, so beautiful.
    • "Hang Down From Heaven"

Bed (1998)[edit]

  • This can't be real
    I've never seen so much
    This must be a joke.

    I don't know how to feel
    I haven't earned it yet
    Everything fades so fast.

    • "Let's Blow It All"

Juliana's Pony: Total System Failure (2000)[edit]

  • Okay I gotta go
    Maybe I don't want to know
    There's too much truth in this room.
    • "Total System Failure"
  • How do you get up in the morning?
    Another wasted life it's so boring
    The system never failed you
    You failed yourself and all of your friends
    Now your heart is failing too
    A total system failure they pronounce you
    • "Total System Failure"
  • I showed you how to touch a star
    I helped you forget who you are
    Baby, you can drive my car
    Over to the right side of the tracks

    You pushed your greatest chance away
    But still I really want to say

    I forgive you.

    • "Noblesse Oblige"

Beautiful Creature (2000)[edit]

  • I never needed this
    I never needed anyone
    I meant every word that I said
    It's true
    I wasn't talking to you

    And I'm sorry that I must go so soon
    Please forgive me for finding something real and pure and true

    Somebody is waiting for me

    • "Somebody Is Waiting For Me"

In Exile Deo (2004)[edit]

  • I've been sleeping through my life
    Now I'm waking up
    And I want to stand in the sunshine

    I have never been ecstatic
    Had a flower but it never bloomed
    In the darkness of my wasted youth
    It was hiding in the shadows
    Learning to become invisible
    Uncover me
    • Sunshine
  • Impossible to love
    Is all that I know how to be

    But in my heart
    I keep repeating
    You didn't mean to hate me

    I still love my enemy.

    • "My Enemy"

Made in China (2005)[edit]

There's a hole in the sky
I stood and stared
I feel it inside what isn't there…
  • Can you take it when I break it give it back to the posers who fake it
    Suck the milk out of the lilacs we were so innocent you can't go back
    What the fuck it's a miracle I’m even here
    You're over me but I’m alive so what do i care
    Standing in the cement
    • "What Do I Care"
  • There's a hole in the sky
    I stood and stared
    I feel it inside what isn't there

    The children are lost we can't find them anywhere

    Hole in the sky
    I'm crying still crying for you.

    • "Hole in the Sky"
  • Hole in the sky
    I'm coming I’m coming with you.
    • "Hole in the Sky"

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