Tuesday, September 29, 2009

"Picture yourself in a boat on a river..."

Quick--name that tune/lyric.

Need more? Here you go...

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.

Is it any wonder that The Beatles' classic "Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds" was considered a song about LSD?

In case you missed it, the childhood friend of John Lennon's son, who inspired "Lucy In the Sky with Diamonds," died today at age 46.

Lucy Vodden was a classmate of Julian Lennon. According to John Lennon's later recounting of the origins of the song, Julian came home from school one day carrying a drawing of a four-year old girl in his class. "That's Lucy in the sky with diamonds," Julian told his father.

John took the line and added on to it with phrasing like "newspaper taxis" and "plasticine porters with looking glass eyes." The song's lyrics and the title caused the BBC to ban the tune for its supposed drug reference to LSD. Lennon was resolute in claiming that the title, and the song, were not about acid but about the story of his child's friend at school.

"Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds" appeared on the band's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, one of many albums from The Beatles' catalog which has recently been remastered and re-released.

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