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Beatles: Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds Meaning

Song Released: 1967

Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds Lyrics

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...

  1. anonymous
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    Dec 9th 2008 report

    Lucy is in fact the inspiration for this song. Photography and inspiration with a little bit of LSD made it so.

  2. emjay13
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    Nov 21st 2008 report

    im pretty sure this song was inspired by John's son but this is also the time where they were trying drugs like LSD. so with the combanation of two ..you get Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.

  3. anonymous
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    Nov 9th 2008 report

    For everyone that said it was about drugs...
    It is about a picture john lennon's son drew of a girl with the sky full of diamond shaped stars. So he wrote the song like the imaginative way a child's drawing can be

  4. mgc
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    Oct 19th 2008 report

    Picture yourself in a boat on a river, (ur living your life like a good citizen)
    With tangerine trees and marmalade skies (and everything is peachy)
    Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly, (then something happens but your not really paying attention)
    A girl with kaleidoscope eyes. (a truth with many layers)

    Cellophane flowers of yellow and green, (fake beauty of ? and money)
    Towering over your head. (control your mind)
    Look for the girl with the sun in her eyes, (u search for the real truth)
    And she's gone.

    Follow her down to a bridge by a fountain (look for truth in (British) parliament)
    Where rocking horse people eat marshmellow pies, (where undecisive politicians grow fat)
    Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers, (no1 believes when you tell them what you see past the fake beauty)
    That grow so incredibly high. (that is so very powerfull)

    Newpaper taxis appear on the shore, (the media takes you for a ride)
    Waiting to take you away. (hoping to charm u)
    Climb in the back with your head in the clouds, (read it and don't pay attention)
    And you're gone.

    Picture yourself on a train in a station, (u think your going somewhere but your not)
    With plasticine porters with looking glass ties, (like the rest of the slaves, controlled by the system)
    Suddenly someone is there at the turnstyle, (then something happens)
    The girl with the kaleidoscope eyes. (the truth with its many layers)

  5. jtg08
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    Oct 12th 2008 report

    Good old johnny was sticking it to the man again by making it sorta drug referenced. But no proof and he denied it. The song rocks anyway so just suck it up you pansies. John Lennon rocks man. Along with the Beatles. Let it Be. No really......

  6. abunel
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    Sep 6th 2008 report

    As babykicker said...one day John Lennon looking over at a picture his son had drawn, asked what it was. His reply was "lucy in the sky with diamonds".

  7. anonymous
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    Aug 20th 2008 report

    This guy is full of crap. Julian Lennon drew a random drawing and when John asked what it was Julian said it's Lucy in the sky with diamonds and John didn't realize it until after the record was out. After that he checked all of his songs to see if they resembled anything like LSD and you can check and are that none of them do!

  8. anonymous
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    Aug 19th 2008 report

    Why can't it just be whatever you want the song to be about? for me, it represents an LSD trip, for others, maybe something else...

  9. Perfect16
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    Jul 26th 2008 report

    This song is in fact about doing drugs and how when you get high you're in an alternate world which is happy and perfect and pleasant.(specifically about doing LSD) I know this because the name of the song is Lucy In The Sky WIth Diamonds and when abbreviated its LSD coincidence, I think not.

  10. m320753
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    Jun 30th 2008 report

    This song is only about fitting into the movie "yellow submarine" which was a very intense movie if you put aside drug notions, yes it's about drugs yes it's about drug induced day dreams yes it mirrors walrus every song in the first half of the movie is mirrored by every song in the second half. If you notice when the movie is half is reached and you can tell when because things start to go backwards (it helps if your stoned but not drunk) you get a rush of deja vue and your eyes are stuck on the screen that you realize that the colors are fantastic and Lucy's song is one of the most colorful in the movie. This song and for that matter is like a fairy tale for adults. LSD nay I dare say a great head movie yea I say 10,000 times feed your head

  11. comalovee
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    Jun 27th 2008 report

    It still irritates me when people say this song is purely about LSD, even after John himself said that the song had almost nothing to do with drugs, rather the painting his son made. Sure, they used drugs. But they're not *that* obsessed with 'em.

  12. anonymous
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    Jun 20th 2008 report

    To you IDIOTS who got this from wikipedia or a documentery, GO TO HELL! to the rest of you, HE WAS ON LSD!)

  13. cataractbabe
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    May 28th 2008 report

    Well, i look at the meaning of this song a little differently then others. I do see how this could be referenced to Julian and his picture of Lucy, but I don't believe it was all about that. It seems to be a refabrication of a recently taken trip from a child's point of view and about a girl who sees things differently. When you look through a kaleidoscope you see everything in different shapes and arrangements. I take this song to be about Lucy and how she sees everything. Saying "the girl with kaleidoscope eyes" could mean that she has beautiful eyes or sees things as through a kaleidoscope. Juliens picture and the families knowing of how Lucy sees everything plays a part in all of it. The hole thing seems to be lucy's view of a wonderful, child-like world. lucy either had a very immaculate imagination that led this to be written or they just used her name. never the less I do believe that he was not completely sober while writing this, but Julian and his picture were a great inspiration for it.

  14. anonymous
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    Apr 9th 2008 report

    Okay, this is to every single person who has ever submitted an interpretation for this song: ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    I have read every single interpretation on this page and, I seem to notice the following pattern:


    I mean, COME ON! I think that we have all come to the common conclusion that this song is BASED on Julian's drawing of Lucy O'Donnell, but is INSPIRED by LSD. Period. Case Closed. Can we please stop adding interpretation after interpretation of the same shit?

    The basic concept is that this song is a work of art, and should be appreciated as such, not thrown into a discussion forum where almost four years after the initial interpretations, we're still arguing about the same shit that was debated about thirty years ago!

    Point Blank - I love this song, and anyone that ventures onto this page loves it to, so there: common ground. Let's get some confetti and pizza and party, already!

    - A Beatles Fan

  15. anonymous
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    Mar 27th 2008 report

    There are a LOT of reviews of this song already and usually I wouldn't have added another one but it seems like 90 percent of the other reviews were childish and not really helpful there are several opinions I'm not denying that there were a few good points made on what the song is really about, but NOT one person stopped to think. Maybe this song is written to make people think not everything has a clear easy to understand meaning. If the Beatles wanted this song to have a clear meaning they wouldn't have written "rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies" The Beatles most likely wrote this song about more than one thing and know one except them knows what this song is truly about.

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