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Beatles: Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds Meaning

Song Released: 1967


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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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    Mar 25th 2006 report

    here are the lyrics, don't tell me this isn't about LSD:

    Picture yourself in boat on a river,
    With tangerine trees and marmalde 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,
    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,
    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.

    Now with that written, how in the world is a kid supposed to draw that? I do know that this song is influenced by the picture, but also LSD. look at the lyrics carefully.

  2. anonymous
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    Mar 23rd 2006 report

    It's actually none of those things; this song is the mirror to "I am the walrus" and is actually about being a walrus in the USSR.

  3. anonymous
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    Mar 12th 2006 report

    Everyone who said it's about a picture Lennon's son painted is right. It's not about LSD.

  4. anonymous
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    Mar 9th 2006 report

    I know John Lennon has been on acid (LSD) many times before this song was written but whether that is what the song name is about is up to you. John was working with Bob Dylan at the time and he wanted to write a song relating to Alice in Wonderland. Thus all of the weird trippy things in the song.

  5. anonymous
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    Feb 22nd 2006 report

    The song was inspired by the picture drawn by Jullian, but I think John wasn't stupid he knew what Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was LSD I think he played on that so people like me and you will sit here debating what it's about over 35 years later even if he did include what he saw on a LSD trip but he was really

  6. anonymous
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    Feb 1st 2006 report

    It makes good sense to believe that Lucy O'Donnell was a real person and the initial inspiration for this song. But to say the whole song is about Julian's picture is absurd. The idea and some lyrics came from the picture, but the song is clearly about LSD.

  7. anonymous
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    Nov 26th 2005 report

    The Simpsons even did an episode where Lisa Simpson trips on somethings accidentally producing an LSD-like effect. She flys around the sky and they use the lyrics "Lisa in the Sky with Diamonds" Although it is a comedy cartoon, they writers are very well informed on pop culture history. If you need to be sure about this then take a hit and listen to the song. You will know the answer for yourself after that.

  8. anonymous
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    Nov 1st 2005 report

    I've heard that it's a combination of both LSD and the picture by Julian. Julian brought the picture home, then while John was on a LSD trip he was inspired and wrote the song. He included things that Julian had in the picture, but also included things that wouldn't be from a child's mind. I feel it's just an inspiration from both and he combined parts from them to write the song. Either way, it's a fun song to listen to.

  9. babykicker
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    Nov 1st 2005 report

    All I know is that the Beatles stated that it came from John Lennon's son who drew a picture of one of his classmates, her name was Lucy. John asked what's that picture of? His son replied ... 'it's lucy in the sky with diamonds.'

  10. anonymous
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    Sep 14th 2005 report

    Paul McCartney recently admitted that the song was about being high on LSD.

  11. anonymous
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    Jul 9th 2005 report

    Its about cocaine, I was thinking. Lucy, is in the sky, obviously high, and with diamonds. Maybe he really meant crystals?

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  12. anonymous
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    Jun 27th 2005 report

    The whole LSD thing is total crap, the song was inspired by a picture that julian lennon made of a girl in a park called lucy, and it happened that the 3 main words initials spelt LSD.. this fitted in with the bands drugs phase and to be honest, they probably noticed themselves and thought it was funny. If you read the lyrics there are 'cellophane flowers', and 'newspaper taxis', all things that a child would incorporate into a picture. The picture was on display in a London art gallery until the late 90's.

  13. anonymous
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    Jun 27th 2005 report

    LSD

    This interpretation has been marked as poor. view anyway
  14. Pendragon
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    Mar 10th 2005 report

    This song was inspired by a picture John Lennon's son drew of a girl named Lucy.

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