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Monday, September 28, 2009

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Like most everyone else, I though this song was about LSD. I'm glad to hear it isn't. I only wish I had known it was about Lucy, a little girl John Lennon's son Julian had gone to nursery school with. The story of Julian bringing home a picture he drew of Lucy (in the sky with diamonds) was tainted with the added bit that the main letters in the title pointed to LSD. The lyrics would easily back that theory.

Lucy (Vodden) died 9/22/2009 of lupus. Julian had recently reconnected with her and remained in touch to help her get through her days.

Lucy, may you find pain free happiness in the sky with stars 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

Follow her down to a bridge by a fountain
Where rocking horse people eat marshmallow pies,
Everyone smiles as you drift past the flowers,
That grow so incredibly high.

Newspaper 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

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 the kaleidoscope eyes.

Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds

5 comments:

Audubon Ron said...

What an interesting story. Thank you. And, I'm so happy that you're happy and stuff.

Your buddy.

ree said...

Wow. I never knew.

Flippin' autoimmune diseases.

Karin said...

So sad to die so young....As for the song, the most puzzling thing for me were the 'plasticine' porters. Way back then, I'd never heard that word before. Not that it comes up a lot in conversation, even today. Nor does 'turnstile' for that matter....

Michael said...

Whoa, whoa, whoa...where's my PYF invitation? I'm your favorite nephew after all...

Bruce said...

Wow....I never knew this......I learned something new today about my childhood.....thanks for sharing.