Song of the Day: The Beatles, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”

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This was such an obvious choice for someone for Song of the Day the other day that I think everyone avoided using it, figuring, “ah, it’s too obvious! EVERYONE will pick that one!” So no one did. “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” was written by John Lennon (credited to Lennon-McCartney). According to Lennon, his son Julian brought him a drawing he had done and told his father that it was a picture of “Lucy (one of Julian’s schoolmates) in the sky with diamonds.” It caused a bit of controversy when it was included in The Beatles’ Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967) because the first letters of each of the main words were LSD. You have to admit, the images in the song certainly suggest that it was the description of an acid trip, but Lennon vehemently denied that, claiming the images were from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland. Elton John recorded and released it as a single in late 1974; it reached #1 in the US and Canada, #3 in Australia, and #10 in the UK.

8 thoughts on “Song of the Day: The Beatles, “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”

  1. Great choice John and thanks for this version. Nothing against Elton’s version but I like this one the best.

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  2. Why is this song so special for today?? I love this song and it has been in my mind for. While..why? Oh, about 40 years ago I took a goose egg my mom blew out and I painted the background orange and started to paint what the lyrics say. I never finished it! It is in my craft room laying there and I am going to finish it and give it to my brother for his birthday.

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