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"LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS" THE BEATLES (RECORDING SESSIONS  28 February; 1, 2 March 1967)
"LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS" THE BEATLES (RECORDING SESSIONS  28 February; 1, 2 March 1967)
"LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS" THE BEATLES (RECORDING SESSIONS  28 February; 1, 2 March 1967)
"LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS" THE BEATLES (RECORDING SESSIONS  28 February; 1, 2 March 1967)
"LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS" THE BEATLES (RECORDING SESSIONS  28 February; 1, 2 March 1967)
"LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS" THE BEATLES (RECORDING SESSIONS  28 February; 1, 2 March 1967)
"LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS" THE BEATLES (RECORDING SESSIONS  28 February; 1, 2 March 1967)
"LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS" THE BEATLES (RECORDING SESSIONS  28 February; 1, 2 March 1967)

John Lennon: vocals, lead guitar
Paul McCartney: backing vocals, Lowrey organ, bass
George Harrison: backing vocals, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, tambura
Ringo Starr: drums, maracas

I had no idea it spelt LSD. This is the truth: my son came home with a drawing and showed me this strange-looking woman flying around. I said, 'What is it?' and he said, 'It's Lucy in the sky with diamonds,' and I thought, 'That's beautiful.' I immediately wrote a song about it.

John Lennon

The images were from Alice In Wonderland. It was Alice in the boat. She is buying an egg and it turns into Humpty-Dumpty. The woman serving in the shop turns into a sheep, and the next minute they are rowing in a rowing boat somewhere and I was visualising that. There was also the image of the female who would someday come save me - a 'girl with kaleidoscope eyes' who would come out of the sky. It turned out to be Yoko, though I hadn't met Yoko yet. So maybe it should be Yoko In The Sky With Diamonds.

 

It was purely unconscious that it came out to be LSD. Until somebody pointed it out, I never even thought of it. I mean, who would ever bother to look at initials of a title? It's not an acid song. The imagery was Alice in the boat. And also the image of this female who would come and save me - this secret love that was going to come one day. So it turned out to be Yoko, though, and I hadn't met Yoko then. But she was my imaginary girl that we all have.

John Lennon

"Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds"
 

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 marshmallow pies
Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers
That grow so incredibly high

Newspaper 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 turnstile
The girl with 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]

I showed up at John's house and he had a drawing Julian had done at school with the title 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' above it. Then we went up to his music room and wrote the song, swapping psychedelic suggestions as we went. I remember coming up with 'cellophane flowers' and 'newspaper taxis' and John answered with things like 'kaleidoscope eyes' and 'looking glass ties'. We never noticed the LSD initial until it was pointed out later - by which point people didn't believe us.

Paul McCartney

"LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS" THE BEATLES (RECORDING SESSIONS  28 February; 1, 2 March 1967)

I heard Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds last night. It's abysmal, you know? The track is just terrible. I mean, it is a great track, a great song, but it isn't a great track because it wasn't made right. You know what I mean? I feel I could remake every fucking one of them better. But that's the artistic trip, isn't it? That it why you keep going, always trying to make that next one the best.

John Lennon

"LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS" THE BEATLES (RECORDING SESSIONS  28 February; 1, 2 March 1967)
"LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS" THE BEATLES (RECORDING SESSIONS  28 February; 1, 2 March 1967)
"LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS" THE BEATLES (RECORDING SESSIONS  28 February; 1, 2 March 1967)
"LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS" THE BEATLES (RECORDING SESSIONS  28 February; 1, 2 March 1967)
"LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS" THE BEATLES (RECORDING SESSIONS  28 February; 1, 2 March 1967)

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