This site covers the original British Beatles Albums plus analyses of the lyrics of non-album tracks.
Information on how the Beatles wrote the lyrics to their songs on the Sgt Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band album can be found below.
Beatles Album: Sgt. Peppers lonely hearts club band : Track 3
Lyrics: Lennon, McCartney
The lyrics to the Beatles Lucy in the sky with diamonds song were inspired by a painting by John’s son Julian which itself was inspired by one of Julian’s classmates at school (Lucy O’Donnell) who had wanted him to draw a picture of her on a black background with stars. Julian Lennon insisted that these were diamonds in the sky and not stars. The dream like nature of Lucy in the sky with diamonds had many people speculating that the true meaning of the Beatles song had more to do with the hallucinogenic drug LSD than with the painting. Though the lyrics of the Beatles song are obviously influenced by john’s drug use another major contribution came from Lennon’s love of Lewis Caroll; the writer of Alice in wonderland and through the looking glass.
John Lennon has said that the lyrics to Lucy in the sky were diamonds were inspired by the ‘wool and water’ chapter of Carroll’s through the looking glass. In this chapter Alice is taken down the stream in a rowing boat by the queen. It was the writings of Lewis Caroll that helped John realise that he was not mad and is quoted as saying that “surrealism to me is reality”.
John Lennon plays lead vocals on this track with Paul and George joining in for the chorus and on backing vocals. The introduction to the song is played by Paul on the Hammond Organ.
John Lennon: Lead Vocals, Lead Guitar
Paul McCartney: Hammond organ, Bass guitar, Harmony Vocals
George Harrison: Sitar, Harmony Vocals
Ringo Starr: Drums
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