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The Beatles — Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds
Album: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
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Released: 1967
Length: 3:26
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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 kaleidoscope eyes

Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
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 novacura wrote:
I am going to get killed. I know it is meant to be a classic, but ....... For me it has not made the transition to a classic state, it sounds dated and only seems to appeal to people still looking back at time when they were stoned. I grew up with the Beatles and despite a few good pieces I always thought they sucked. Sorry folks, but I guess I was not stoned enough when I was younger.

 
Neither was I. I first stoned out — 5 years after the Beatles were kaput. 
I wasn't stoned by any stretch, or even remotely knew what it meant, for my first clearly recalled hearing of a Beatles tune, Twist and Shout, on a friend's radio. We were speeding our bikes along the new concrete sidewalk behind the grammar school in my NJ hometown.  I skidded to a halt during the first five seconds and was immediately hooked. I'm sorry similar didn't happen to you. Weed should have little or nothing to do with it. 



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:cool:
"Air" stole the intro of this song and used it in every song they ever made
Aaaahhhhhh. It doesn't get any better than this. :dancingbanana_2::dancingbanana_2::dancingbanana_2::dancingbanana_2:
meloman wrote:
Fantastic album, great song. I even use it in my English classes to teach prepositional phrases! (count 'em...it's loaded)
We need more teachers like yourself in the "amerikan" educational system!
tony620d wrote:
well minions, here is your fix for the day. whoa.. so trippy "youre freaking me mr. lennon.. marshmellow pies... aaaahhhhhh!!!!! "
I love LSD......Tony-get over yourself these days!!
Zep wrote:
Gotta LOVE Zappa.
hippiechick wrote:
Here here!!!
We're all mad here!
bob789 wrote:
It's never too late!
Here here!!!
11
One of the best songs of the best record ever Excelente!
well minions, here is your fix for the day. whoa.. so trippy "youre freaking me mr. lennon.. marshmellow pies... aaaahhhhhh!!!!! "
novacura wrote:
I guess I was not stoned enough when I was younger.
It's never too late!
Lennon's voice at the max!!!!!!!! marvellousssssssssss
I am going to get killed. I know it is meant to be a classic, but ....... For me it has not made the transition to a classic state, it sounds dated and only seems to appeal to people still looking back at time when they were stoned. I grew up with the Beatles and despite a few good pieces I always thought they sucked. Sorry folks, but I guess I was not stoned enough when I was younger.
Mari wrote:
... (click here)... Just a suggestion? ...
lol
If I ever become wealthy, I'm going to comission someone to paint a picture similiar to this album cover. Instead of the people on the cover, I'd have an assortment of actors, writers, musicians, politicians and other show business celebrities that I think are overrated. This one always makes me think of Lucille Ball, but I don't recall her being famous for wearing diamonds. They should have called the song Liberace in the Sky with Diamonds.
Vogelfrei wrote:
I don't think that's the only way to explain it. And from personal experience, I think this song fits better with THC than with LSD... just sayin' :shhh:
... (click here) ... Just a suggestion? ...
ElSupreme wrote:
Come on the only way to explain "marmalade skies" is LSD. And that is about 5sec into the song.
I don't think that's the only way to explain it. And from personal experience, I think this song fits better with THC than with LSD... just sayin' :shhh:
lester wrote:
Must it be about lysergic acid diethylamide? What about "librae," "solidi," and "denarii" (pounds, shillings, and pence)? Or, then, it could be a song about an imaginary "Lucy" character, who's up in the sky and wearing some diamonds. It just might, you know. You never can tell.
Come on the only way to explain "marmalade skies" is LSD. And that is about 5sec into the song.
:drunk:
algrif wrote:
. . . nobody can really believe that John was not writing about LSD Just listen to the lyrics.
Must it be about lysergic acid diethylamide? What about "librae," "solidi," and "denarii" (pounds, shillings, and pence)? Or, then, it could be a song about an imaginary "Lucy" character, who's up in the sky and wearing some diamonds. It just might, you know. You never can tell.
This absolute classic really needs no comment whatsover - but there, I've just made one! :sunny:
Cant help but notice that the name of the band, both on RP and on the album cover is "Beatles" not "The Beatles". Surely this is yet more more evidence that Paul had TB and subsequently died ? wink
OK It's quite possible that the original song was inspired by his son's drawing. But nobody can really believe that John was not writing about LSD Just listen to the lyrics. This 'Oh, Really? I never noticed' act is about as dumb as re-releasing 'He's So Fine' as 'My Sweet Lord' and saying the same thing.
Mari wrote:
...Purely delusional I know, but I always thought this my very own personal song?...Any objections?... :sleep: ... Got a song like that?...
Yep. Into The Mystic by Van Morrison ...for one.
Fantastic album, great song. I even use it in my English classes to teach prepositional phrases! (count 'em...it's loaded)
Tux wrote:
Humbug. Humbug, and you know that. My taste absolutely is taste. It's MY taste. Accept it!
:iamwithstupid:
The song gets a 9; the whole album and the trippy animation from Yellow Submarine gets a 10.
Figure it out? What if it had been the Elton John version? We might have been confused for a fraction of a second!
:meditate:
Ho hum.
zurcronium wrote:
tux, your taste is called no taste. your welcome to it. try white noise, you may dig that.
Humbug. Humbug, and you know that. My taste absolutely is taste. It's MY taste. Accept it!
fab4fan wrote:
John didn't use his regular beautiful singing voice though so it could have been even greater if he did.
It's quite possible -- and sounds like -- the vocal track was sped up. Tinkering with track speed was a favorite George Martin trick about this time -- see vocals and other aspects of "Strawberry Fields Forever."
drover wrote:
After listening to this album for 27 years, starting when I was 4 years old, I just now realized how little I care for this song. Hmph.
:beat: :verymad: :stop: <-X That's a shame because it's really a great John Lennon song that Elton John recorded in 1974! John didn't use his regular beautiful singing voice though so it could have been even greater if he did.
After listening to this album for 27 years, starting when I was 4 years old, I just now realized how little I care for this song. Hmph.
I remember my grade 8 music teacher making us sing this song. As I recall, he was a bit of a bible thumper. Always wondered what he would have thought about the reference (perceived or otherwise) to the hallucinagenic. Then again, he could (or should) have been on something to put up with a bunch of prepubescent boys "singing".
Tux, you're a f@cking vampire, deliberately wanting to suck up the goodness & positivity of others who are *above* you in so many ways. You're so obviously 'calculating', man. Look at yourself for a change. Now, PISS OFF....
Tux wrote:
Please keep enjoying the music, but please also realize that the problem is with you. You somehow don't accept, or maybe even don't understand the possibility, that there are people around here on the face of this earth that do not share your taste. This does by no means mean that that taste is bad or that expressing taste should be perceived as annoying. If you find hearing other peoples opinion, I'd suggest you find some consultation in how to learn to respect other people's feelings and opinions. Everyone is equally allowed to express his/her taste and distaste. My comments are not stupid. My comments are an expression of my taste. Nothing to do with stupidity. Nothing is wrong with me, and my life is fine. I have no intention whatsoever to have you take away my freedom of speech, and thus will never auto-mute myself. I have no reason whatsoever to take a stresspill, since I do not suffer stress. Have I made myself clear? Can you find the decency to try to understand that you are not the only person on this earth?
tux, your taste is called no taste. your welcome to it. try white noise, you may dig that.
Pyro wrote:
You bought that story? HA!
As Sigmund Freud once said, "Sometimes a cigar is just a cigar."
Pyro wrote:
You bought that story? HA!
Well.. There's a copy of the picture on Julian Lennon's website: https://www.julianlennon.com/Earth/bio/yby/index.html I suspect it prompted John & Paul to write a song with psychadelic references in it
coentje wrote:
I'm getting a bit annoyed with you now. Everytime I'm really enjoying the music here on RP there's some stupid comment of yours saying that it stinks. What is wrong with you? Having a hard live? Put automute on yourself, take a stresspill and try to see that silver lining..
Please keep enjoying the music, but please also realize that the problem is with you. You somehow don't accept, or maybe even don't understand the possibility, that there are people around here on the face of this earth that do not share your taste. This does by no means mean that that taste is bad or that expressing taste should be perceived as annoying. If you find hearing other peoples opinion, I'd suggest you find some consultation in how to learn to respect other people's feelings and opinions. Everyone is equally allowed to express his/her taste and distaste. My comments are not stupid. My comments are an expression of my taste. Nothing to do with stupidity. Nothing is wrong with me, and my life is fine. I have no intention whatsoever to have you take away my freedom of speech, and thus will never auto-mute myself. I have no reason whatsoever to take a stresspill, since I do not suffer stress. Have I made myself clear? Can you find the decency to try to understand that you are not the only person on this earth?
My first LP! :music:
When I was six I used to put this on the stereo with headphones and try and make my ears bleed... S.
g1lgam3sh wrote:
Not in the song, I think John got the name from his son who said it was the name of a drawing he'd done. Although a lot of us were 'talking' about LSD at that time. :wink:
You bought that story? HA!
I prefer the Shatner version. :wink: Edit: after scrolling back, I see that I have not made a very original joke :oops:
Sobient wrote:
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
Whoa. That is amazing.
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.
I'm tripping without use of narcotics...awesome! I mean, like whoa...
g1lgam3sh wrote:
This absolutely blew me away when it was released. 8)
That would make you like 105? :wink:
g1lgam3sh wrote:
I think John got the name from his son who said it was the name of a drawing he'd done.
Yeah right.
Beastie wrote:
So, was it LSD they were talking about back then?
Not in the song, I think John got the name from his son who said it was the name of a drawing he'd done. Although a lot of us were 'talking' about LSD at that time. :wink:
This absolutely blew me away when it was released. 8)
So, was it LSD they were talking about back then?
A girl with colitis goes by? :ask:
I dig the Beatles. But not the tired overplayed Beatles. i'd rather hear Two of Us, or I'm a Loser, or One After 909, or several others that never saw the light of airplay. :whistle:
Tux wrote:
What difference? This should be played on commercial radio, not on PR. We're not tuned in here to hear what we can hear everywhere. We're here to hear the pearls and diamonds that other stations do not play. That's why I rated it a 1.
:iamwith: Did I miss the RP rulebook somewhere? I didn't know that eclectic and commercial (read as popular) were mutually exclusive!
gntlemanartist wrote:
Sgt Pepper is, IMO, the single greatest album ever created by anyone, ever. Do I hear an Amen?
Amen! :notworthy:
Sgt Pepper is, IMO, the single greatest album ever created by anyone, ever. Do I hear an Amen?
Definately not my favorite Beatles tune ever or on the album. The album rocks. I would love to hear more from the Fab Four. :jump:
:sunny.gif:
Not my favorite song by the Beatles, but I guess they were sending some sort of message.....
Many people like to use this song as proof that the Beatles were using drugs. However, the real proof comes from another song on this album, "A Little Help From My Friends". You'd think they'd have to be high to let Ringo sing lead, right? :wink: (I stole this joke from the late Bill Hicks, by the way.)
Tux wrote:
Both done. :) rated to my taste, and turned down the volume - automatic FWIW There's still others with a 1, which I - from now on - will reserve for real ether pollution. Sorry to all Beatles fans
I'm getting a bit annoyed with you now. Everytime I'm really enjoying the music here on RP there's some stupid comment of yours saying that it stinks. What is wrong with you? Having a hard live? Put automute on yourself, take a stresspill and try to see that silver lining..
ChardRemains wrote:
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: I think it's okay to roll a few classics in among the shreds...
Oh, definitely. High respect for the Fabs. Just commenting that they seem to have done a *good* job at describing the LSD 'experience'.
Y'know, I like the Beatles as much as the next guy, but this song never quite did it for me. It's not terrible, but I guess I find it pointless. Eh, oh well. :-s
all done on an analog 4-track my friends :notworthy:
Please play the William Shatner version! It's so much superior to this version. 8O Yes, I am just kidding.
Great way to start the day!
trekhead wrote:
Mmm,yess...Tune out, turn...something, something...
:clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: :clap: I think it's okay to roll a few classics in among the shreds...
Bodhisattva wrote:
No, you rated it a 1 because you're an achterlijke. This song is a 10 of 10's... :music:
Now that is what I call disrespect. If this were a mailing list, you'd be killfiled instantly. I hope you have a mirror at home. Go stare in it and say that again. /me now not saying what he thinks ... kettle ... pot
Tux wrote:
What difference? This should be played on commercial radio, not on PR. We're not tuned in here to hear what we can hear everywhere. We're here to hear the pearls and diamonds that other stations do not play. That's why I rated it a 1.
No, you rated it a 1 because you're an achterlijke. This song is a 10 of 10's... :music:
justlistening wrote:
Heard very recently that William Shatner is continuing his singing career. He's supposed to appear on a collaberative effort. Don't know the who or when though. Apparently there's a sample track floating that got some airplay on an FM morning show.
Well, I can't wait! You know that's gonna be good!
beelzebubba wrote:
Come on play the REAL version sung by Williiam Shatner !!!!! :fight:
Heard very recently that William Shatner is continuing his singing career. He's supposed to appear on a collaberative effort. Don't know the who or when though. Apparently there's a sample track floating around that got some airplay on an FM morning show.
Mmm,yess...Tune out, turn...something, something...
Come on play the REAL version sung by Williiam Shatner !!!!! :fight.gif:
Pyro wrote:
Please rate songs on their merit (or lack thereof), NOT on whether you think it should be played on RP or not. If you don't want to hear it, turn down the volume, don't knock down the ratings.
Both done. :) rated to my taste, and turned down the volume - automatic FWIW There's still others with a 1, which I - from now on - will reserve for real ether pollution. Sorry to all Beatles fans
Frawg wrote:
We're tuned in here to listen to what is programmed by the owner/operator. Works for me. s
Well said.
Tux wrote:
What difference? This should be played on commercial radio, not on PR. We're not tuned in here to hear what we can hear everywhere. We're here to hear the pearls and diamonds that other stations do not play. That's why I rated it a 1.
Please rate songs on their merit (or lack thereof), NOT on whether you think it should be played on RP or not. If you don't want to hear it, turn down the volume, don't knock down the ratings.
We're tuned in here to listen to what is programmed by the owner/operator. Works for me. s Tux wrote:
What difference? This should be played on commercial radio, not on PR. We're not tuned in here to hear what we can hear everywhere. We're here to hear the pearls and diamonds that other stations do not play. That's why I rated it a 1.
What difference? This should be played on commercial radio, not on PR. We're not tuned in here to hear what we can hear everywhere. We're here to hear the pearls and diamonds that other stations do not play. That's why I rated it a 1.
The name of this band is "The Beatles", not "Beatles". It makes a difference, I think.
ThesHunter wrote:
Would you prefer the William Shatner verison instead? :D
How about playing Fixing A Hole and Good Morning, Good Morning? Two of the best from that album.
Unfortunately, this song is forever ruined for me because I once had the misfortune to hear the William Shatner version. :eek: And now I can\'t help but hear it again any time I hear the real thing. :( :( :(
Originally Posted by Leslie: Arguably one of the most famous hominid fossils of all time was named Lucy (australopithecus afarensis) because the paleoanthropologists listened to this song over and over that night when they got back to field camp. :D
and i think that they might have been smoking or chewing on some strange plant growing nearby. :lol:
Originally Posted by Drunkenlilacwine: Usually I like the original songs over the covers. but elton's version is way better. Still a good song though
WHAT? i like elton but... :eek:
Wow!! :eek: What a song to follow Subterranean Homesick Alien. I could listen to this station all day at this rate. :cool:
Happy 60th birthday LSD!
Usually I like the original songs over the covers. but elton\'s version is way better. Still a good song though
Originally Posted by dmax: This is a pretty good cover of that Elton John tune. I know Bill likes covers, but how about playing the original version once in a while? :frustrated:
Me thinks (hopes) this is a joke. It certainly made me laugh.
Originally Posted by dmax: This is a pretty good cover of that Elton John tune. I know Bill likes covers, but how about playing the original version once in a while? :frustrated:
So what planet are you from?? Paul tells the story of Jules showing his dad a drawing of a woman, and, as kids are want to do, she wasn't touching the ground... John asked him what the name of the drawing was and Julian rplied "Lucy, in the sky, with diamonds". and a light went on in John's head. The naxt day he had this song to show for it.
This is a pretty good cover of that Elton John tune. I know Bill likes covers, but how about playing the original version once in a while? :frustrated:
Originally Posted by Leslie: Arguably one of the most famous hominid fossils of all time was named Lucy (australopithecus afarensis) because the paleoanthropologists listened to this song over and over that night when they got back to field camp. :D
Ah yes...1974, until then it was assumed that big brains evolved first, then bipedalism, but Lucy proved them all wrong :D
Originally Posted by booda: Oh yeah? Well when I was a kid, we had to make music with just our lips and fingers, and the odd stick or piece of old chewing gum. Not like these young whippersnappers today! So there! ALL music will "outlive us"...there's no correlation between "how good" something is and it's shelf life...get over yourself. The local 50s station plays "Chantilly Lace" quite often...using your logic, the Big Bopper was one of the all time greats on par with the Beatles. Arguing music is silly. You might as well just say "Tastes great, less filling" and then go do something productive.
take a deep breath. everything's ok.
Really like Paul\'s basswork on this.
Originally Posted by red: if you were 17 in 1967, as i was, when you first heard sgt pepper, you might have a vinyl copy, as I do, of the greatest album ever made, displayed in a frame, where visitors can gaze upon a sublime work of art.
I was 14. Sgt Pepper was my very first lp. I still listen to it occasionally - it never gets old, only better. What is gratifying to me is that my teenage children appreciate it (almost) as much as I do.
Originally Posted by hippie: You Kids crack me up :lol: I saw the Beatles in concert in 1964 :D The music that they wrote will out live us all, that's how good they were :) Peace
Oh yeah? Well when I was a kid, we had to make music with just our lips and fingers, and the odd stick or piece of old chewing gum. Not like these young whippersnappers today! So there! ALL music will "outlive us"...there's no correlation between "how good" something is and it's shelf life...get over yourself. The local 50s station plays "Chantilly Lace" quite often...using your logic, the Big Bopper was one of the all time greats on par with the Beatles. Arguing music is silly. You might as well just say "Tastes great, less filling" and then go do something productive.
Originally Posted by ThesHunter: Would you prefer the William Shatner verison instead? :D
Yes. :clap:
Arguably one of the most famous hominid fossils of all time was named Lucy (australopithecus afarensis) because the paleoanthropologists listened to this song over and over that night when they got back to field camp. :D
if you were 17 in 1967, as i was, when you first heard sgt pepper, you might have a vinyl copy, as I do, of the greatest album ever made, displayed in a frame, where visitors can gaze upon a sublime work of art.
As a music lover, musician, and Aerospace Engineer, and having been lucky enough to have taken a college course that actually studied the Sgt. Pepper album (not for the whole semester ;) ) I look at Sgt. Pepper as the \"Moon Landing\" of contemporary music. I know that\'s probably common knowledge to most RP listeners, but hey, good topic for my first post. Party On :D
Originally Posted by hobbes: Well this generation has heard the Beatles OVER AND OVER AND OVER again. It gets kind of old to be told that we should worship this music gods. I understand that they were cutting edge, pioneering musicians in their time, but come on. You can't expect people to start drooling everytime they come on, thirty years later. That said, I do like the music. It is just very overplayed.
Would you prefer the William Shatner verison instead? :D
Love it, love it, love it.
Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds (LSD) :D I think they were clearly drugged when they did this song. Anyway an excellent song. I\'d prefer \"Strawberry fields forever\"
Right on, Jacques. Have you ever nailed it.
You Kids crack me up :lol: I saw the Beatles in concert in 1964 :D The music that they wrote will out live us all, that\'s how good they were :) Peace
Well put Jacques (see long post below). For someone who didn\'t really discover the Beatles until the 80s, I cannot help but have the deepest respect for their music, including the innovative nature of songs like Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. The Beatles could never be overplayed, IMHO.
I was drooling... I still am. The comment below has some validity... but is a little too harsh. If you meant to say you're hearing The Beatles too often, then say so, there's no need to wrap it in pseudo-musicological references. Yeah, I think there is something to be said about not being expected to drool at a Beatles song 30 years down the road, but I think the moment a true music fan understands what this music meant to music itself 30 years ago, once the "big picture" is fully understood, then there is little cause to anything else but drool. "Lucy In The Skies With Diamonds" is a little dated in 2002, but in 1967 the arrival of this song and Sgt. Pepper was akin to aliens landing in Central Park... Avoid placing The Beatles in context of what they might mean to our musical landscape today, they simply don't fit in naturally, but rather, imagine that without The Beatles we probably would be looking at a very different musical landscape today... You see, they don't "fit" into the landscape, they, along with a few other visionairies helped sketch it 35 years ago... you'r not merely looking at the musical landscape of the mid-late sixties when you hear Lucy In the Sky With Diamonds, you're hearing the soft bristles of the brush that is painted the background for nearly everything you hear today. That is the "big picture". Incidentally, aside from Paul's bass playing, the Beatles were not terribly skillful musicians, they were without argument composers with few equals, but no one can pretend to believe that John's, or George's, or Ringo's playing was technically memorable. They were all competent musicians, but got quite sloppy as fame tore away at the base of solid practice the Hamburg years had given them, and the end of touring spelled the end of playing together in any meaningful way. One only has to listen to some of the unreleased sessions from the "Let It Be" album to see how lousy they could play... their innovation, dedication to the perfection of the final product, and niggling over every last detail made their music into the masterpieces they became, that and melodies most composers would have died to have written... The Beatles were not gods, and no one expects anyone to drool when their music is played, but a little respect please... this music and this group meant an awful lot to countless millions upon millions, and a fair proportion of Radio Paradise listeners are among them. I was 5 when this came out, but I grew to love it in the 80's... Brilliant stuff, great to hear, now if you'll excuse me I have to go change my bib, I have drool upon it... Cheers Jacques Radio Paradise: What Radio Could Have Been.
Well this generation has heard the Beatles OVER AND OVER AND OVER again. It gets kind of old to be told that we should worship this music gods. I understand that they were cutting edge, pioneering musicians in their time, but come on. You can\'t expect people to start drooling everytime they come on, thirty years later. That said, I do like the music. It is just very overplayed.