The Beatles, Lucy in the sky with diamonds (video clip and lyrics)

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Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is a song written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney that was recorded by The Beatles for their 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.

Arrangement
The song has a complex arrangement typical of later Lennon-McCartney compositions; much of the song is in compound duple metre (6/8 time), except the chorus, where it switches to 4/4 time. The song also shifts between musical keys, using the key of A major for the verse, B♭ major for the pre-chorus or bridge section, and G major for the chorus. It consists of a very simple melody (reminiscent of a nursery song), sung by Lennon over an increasingly complicated underlying arrangement which features a tamboura, played by George Harrison, and a Lowrey organ played by Paul McCartney being taped with a special organ stop to give it a sound like a celeste.

Personnel
* John Lennon: double-tracked lead vocals and harmony vocals; rhythm and acoustic guitar and piano.
* Paul McCartney: Lowrey organ, bass and harmony vocals.
* George Harrison: lead guitar and tamboura.
* Ringo Starr: drums and tambourine.

Lyrics and title
Session tapes from the initial 1 March 1967 recording of this song reveal that Lennon originally sang the line "Cellophane flowers of yellow and green" as a broken phrase, but McCartney suggested that he sing it more fluidly to improve the song.

Julian's drawing

According to the Beatles, one day in 1966 Lennon's son, Julian, came home from nursery school with a drawing he said was of his classmate, a girl named Lucy. Showing the artwork to his father, young Julian described the picture as "Lucy — in the sky with diamonds."

Julian later said, "I don't know why I called it that or why it stood out from all my other drawings, but I obviously had an affection for Lucy at that age. I used to show dad everything I'd built or painted at school, and this one sparked off the idea for a song about 'Lucy in the sky with diamonds'."

His son's artwork appears to have inspired Lennon to draw heavily on his own childhood affection for Lewis Carroll's "Wool and Water" chapter from Through the Looking-Glass. At least one lyric was influenced by both Carroll and skits on a popular British radio comedy programme (The Goon Show) making references to "plasticine ties", which showed up in the song as "Plasticine porters with looking glass ties". A parody of "Twinkle Twinkle Little Star", recited by the Mad Hatter, appears in Lewis Carroll's Alice's Adventures in Wonderland.

Carroll's work has also been cited as having influenced Lennon's "I Am the Walrus" which refers to a character from Through the Looking-Glass and his two books, In His Own Write and A Spaniard in the Works.

Who was Lucy?
The Lucy referred to in the song was probably a classmate of Julian's at Heath House School named Lucy O'Donnell, born in Weybridge in 1963.[5] She has met up with him on a few occasions in the last few years, and occasionally appears on daytime shows for the anniversary of the "Sgt. Pepper's" album. She is featured in the book "A Hard Day's Night". She now lives in Surbiton in Surrey, and owned a nanny agency for children with special needs until she was taken ill with psoriatic arthritis and lupus some years ago.

There is another candidate for the original Lucy: British comedian Peter Cook's daughter, Lucy. Lennon and Cook were seeing quite a bit of each other at the time (Lennon made a guest appearance on Cook's TV show Not Only... But Also as a doorman). According to Cook's biographer, Harry Thompson, Lennon told Cook's then wife, Wendy, that the song was inspired by Lucy Cook.

According to documentary film that was shown on Russian TV, the title may refer to Lyudmila Zykina (or "Lucy") who met the Beatles in a restaurant and sang a Russian folk song for them.

Lucy was made into a fictional character for the movie musical, Across the Universe, which uses the songs of the Beatles to tell the story. Lucy is an American teenager who comes from a middle-class family and she falls in love with Jude, a British dockworker who comes to America to find his biological father.

Reference to drugs and the title of the song
Paul McCartney recounted trading lyric ideas with Lennon in an interview, saying, "We never noticed the LSD initial until it was pointed out later, by which point people didn't believe us." This is confirmed by a 1971 interview of Lennon, where he admitted to curiously going so far as to search for acronyms in his other work, only to find "they didn't spell out anything." George Martin also denied the song was about LSD in the book The Complete Beatles Recording Sessions by Mark Lewisohn. However, Lewisohn goes on to say "there can be little doubt that this was the very substance that provoked such colourful word imagery to flow out of Lennon's head and onto paper." McCartney agrees in a 2004 interview, where he noted that Julian's painting had inspired the song, but that it was "pretty obvious" that the song was also inspired by LSD.[8] For his part, Lennon attributed the colourful prose not to the drug, but to the writings of Lewis Carroll. George Martin also accredits the influence of Carroll and Dylan Thomas on Lennon.

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The Beatles, Lucy in the sky with diamonds





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

Newpaper 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 turnstyle
The girl with the 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)



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John Lennon's Lucy in the Sky lyrics to be auctioned

The lyrics are being sold by Los Angeles auction house Profiles in History

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics for Beatles song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds are expected to fetch more than $200,000 (£122,000) at auction.
The sheet, to be sold at a Los Angeles auction on 14 and 15 May, features the song's third verse and the opening words to She's Leaving Home.
Both songs feature on 1967 album Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.
When Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds was released it was speculated that the song was about LSD.
The Beatles always denied this, with Lennon saying the inspiration had come from a picture his son Julian had drawn of a classmate named Lucy Vodden.

Lennon's lyric sheet, to be auctioned at the Saban theatre in Beverly Hills, also features a drawing of four people in a room with draped curtains.
Complete with crossings out, it features the verse: "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."
From She's Leaving Home it features the opening words: "Wednesday morning at..."
Last June the handwritten lyrics for A Day in the Life by the Beatles sold for $1.2m (£734,000).


Lennon drew a sketch, possibly of The Beatles, on the lyric sheet

Full article: BBC news
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