The Beatles Song Of The Day:”Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.” “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” is the third song on side 1 of The Beatles most famous iconic [but not greatest album] Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. The song was written by John Lennon. It is one of The Beatles most famous and controversial songs. May took the initials of the song and thought of it as a drug song LSD. John would always deny this. The song was inspired by his son  Julian. Julian came home from nursery school with a painting. John asked him what it was and Julian said it was “Lucy in the sky with diamonds.” John would also claim that the hallucinatory images in the song were inspired by Lewis Carroll and his book ” Through The Looking Glass.”  Growing up Lewis Carroll was a favourite author of John’s. John would say “Surrealism to me is reality. Psychedelic vision is reality to me and always was.” While writing the song Paul came over and they finished it together, “newspaper taxis” and “cellophane flowers’ were Paul’s. “Kaleidoscope eyes” was John’s. What a great song. The girl who inspired the song Lucy O’Donnell didn’t know until she was a teenager that she was the “Lucy” that inspired the song. Sadly she would die several years ago of Lupus at the age of 46.  John Lennon: double-tracked vocal and lead guitar/ Paul McCartney: harmony vocal, organ and bass guitar/ George Harrison: harmony vocal, lead guitar and tambura/ Ringo Starr: drums and maracas. The song was recorded on February 28th, April 1st and 2nd 1967 at Abbey Road. Produced: George Martin.

Rating “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars ***** a classic.

  • Elton John would later cover “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” and would take it to #1 in the United States. It is the only Beatles cover song to reach #1.
  • Length of song 3:28.
  • Rolling Stone Magazine ranked “Lucy In The Sky WIth Diamonds” at #19 on their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs’ list. Spignesi and Lewis ranked it at #12 on their “100 Best Beatles Songs.”
  • The Beatles never released this gem as a single.
  • Late in her like Julian Lennon reconnected with Lucy O’Donnell. When she died in 2009 he paid tribute to her by releasing a benefit single “Lucy” a few weeks later.
  • The original ‘drawing’ of Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds” that Julian brought home from nursery school is now owned by Pink Floyd’s David Gilmour.
  • John Lennon’s original handwritten lyrics for the song was auctioned off for $230,000 in 2011.

In The Sky With Diamonds {Lennon-McCartney}

Picture yourself in a boat on a river
With tangerine trees and marmalade skies
Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes
Cellophane flowers of yellow and green
Towering over your head
Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes
And she’s gone
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds Aaaaahhhhh…
Follow her down to a bridge by a fountain
Where rocking horse people eat marshmellow pies
Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers
That grow so incredibly high
Newpaper taxis appear on the shore
Waiting to take you away
Climb in the back with your head in the clouds
And you’re gone
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds Aaaaahhhhh…
Picture yourself on a train in a station
With plasticine porters with looking glass ties
Suddenly someone is there at the turnstyle
The girl with the kaleidoscope eyes
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds Aaaaahhhhh…
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds Aaaaahhhhh…
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds [fade out]
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