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The Beatles - Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds - Lyrics Meaning



The most common theory surrounding The Beatles' infamous tune "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," released on their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, is that the song is a reference to LSD (the initials can be seen prominently in the track's title). The BBC banned the song, fearing that it promoted drug use, though John Lennon insisted that the title came from a painting made by his son, Julian. In 1966, Julian returned from nursery school with a drawing he made of a classmate named Lucy that he described as "Lucy, in the sky with diamonds." He would later claim that he "obviously had an affection for Lucy at that age." Fans remained skeptical until the original drawing was published. Lucy (full name: Lucy O'Donnell) was born in 1963 in Weybridge, and was a student with Julian at Heath House School. In 2009, Julian was informed that Lucy had been diagnosed with a terminal case of lupus. He sent her flowers, a card, and, after learning that she had become fond of gardening, vouchers for a local garden center. The song also shows a great deal of influence from the works of Lewis Carroll, in particular the chapter "Wool and Water" from his masterpiece Through the Looking-Glass.




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