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April 13, 2012 / amivglobus

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

I get to continue my rant a little bit. {Shakes fist. Yells, “You kids get off my lawn!”} Some stories persist no matter what.

John Lennon wrote this song based on a drawing by his son Julian of a nursery school classmate named Lucy. Julian called the drawing “Lucy – in the sky with diamonds” and showed it to his dad. That’s the way John remembered it. That’s the way Julian remembered it. That’s the way Lucy remembered it.

But there was speculation that the initials were a reference to the drug LSD. {I couldn’t find anything that indicated where that started.} Despite John’s insistence that it was only coincidental and not a conscious reference and despite the consistent stories from John, Julian, and Lucy the rumor has persisted. The BBC banned the song. Even Paul McCartney has referred to it as a pretty obvious drug reference.

Sometimes people are going to believe what they want to believe. All we can do is speak the truth and carry on. And I’m reminded of a quote from W.C. Fields, “It ain’t what they call you, it’s what you answer to.”

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  1. Dianna Fielding / Apr 13 2012 3:02 pm

    This is a great song with an interesting back story. And wouldn’t the initials actually be LITSWD, not LSD? I love Simon’s cover of this song.

    Good luck with the challenge!

    Dianna Fielding
    Sociologyfornerds.com

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