Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
The Beatles
Beatles 1967 Sgt Peppers LP

Picture yourself
In a boat in a river
With tangerine trees
And marmalade skies

Somebody calls you
You answer quite slowly
A girl with kaleidoscope eyes

1967
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Peak Chart Position
  • the song was not released as a single - no chart rank
  • from the album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (1967)
  • the song title was widely perceived to be a coded reference to LSD, but according to Lennon it came from a drawing by his four-year-old son Julian; Lennon: "I had no idea it spelt LSD. This is the truth: my son came home with a drawing and showed me this strange-looking woman flying around. I said, 'What is it?' and he said, 'It's Lucy in the sky with diamonds,' and I thought, 'That's beautiful.' I immediately wrote a song about it."
  • the song was initially banned from airplay by the BBC because of the LSD acronym
  • on the record:
       John Lennon- lead vocals (double-tracked), lead guitar
       Paul McCartney- backing vocals, Lowrey organ, bass
       George Harrison- tambura, lead guitar, acoustic guitar, backing vocals
       Ringo Starr- drums, maracas
  • written primarily by John Lennon, credited to Lennon/McCartney
  • produced by George Martin
  • recorded March 1, 1967 at Abbey Road Studios, London
  • Elton John's cover of 'Lucy' charted a No. 1 hit on the Hot 100 in 1974 ~ recorded at the Caribou Ranch Studios in Colorado, with backing vocals and guitar by John Lennon using the pseudonym Dr. Winston O'Boogie
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