SONG TITLE: LUCY IN THE SKY WITH DIAMONDS
PERFORMER: THE BEATLES
SONGWRITER: JOHN LENNON / PAUL MCCARTNEY
YEAR OF RELEASE: 1967
COMMENTS: Oh what a sensuous banquet this song and the Sgt. Pepper album present. After the opening pair of songs have set up the concept and the stage, this song is probably the one best representing the breadth of their newly unlimited artistic palette.
It is like the opening trembly riff is a gentle awakening from sleep to find tables of smorgasboard for the senses. There are wonderous experiences virtually exploding onto the palettes of every sense. You can almost taste the tangerines and the marmalade sky. There is sweet tranquility in the calming feel of the water moving beneath you as you drift down the river. The eyes have the most sumptuous feast, including the flowers towering overhead, and especially the fascinating vision of the girl with kaleidoscope eyes.
It is through the hearing sense that all this is conveyed, so that besides the words, the melodic delivery and instrumental colors twisted beyond recognition make a magical, epehemeral world.
Though the words and images have the flow of dream logic, I am hesitant to call it that. It is more like being awake for the first time, absolutely tasting things for the first time. It's way too vivid for a dream. Who really knows what it is?
One thing it apparently is not about, however, is an LSD trip. Lennon insisted till the day he died that this song was not drug inspired - despite the hallucinatory lyrics and the infamous acronym of the title. This is from the man who wrote "Cold Turkey," so it's not like he wouldn't admit to drug use, and he made a reputation as an honest man to the point of stupidity. I find myself forced to accept his claim that he was inspired simply by a drawing his son brought home from school. Perhaps he was just so steeped in the drug at the time that he didn't notice, as a fish doesn't notice the water.
So, then, in short: you don't have to be taking acid to appreciate the song fully, but it helps.
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