'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds' - The Beatles

Writers: John Lennon and Paul McCartney

Producer: George Martin

Recorded: March 1st and 2nd, 1967, at EMI Abbey Road Studios in London

Released: June 1st, 1967

Players: John Lennon -- vocals, acoustic guitar
Paul McCartney -- bass, mellotron, organ, vocals
George Harrison -- lead guitar, tamboura, vocals
Ringo Starr -- drums, percussion
Album: Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band (Capitol, 1967)
Some people think that "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" is about an LSD trip, and that the title deliberately incorporates those initials. Singer-bassist Paul McCartney even said in a recent British magazine interview that the drug references in the song are "pretty obvious."

John Lennon stood by his story that it came from a title his son Julian gave to a painting -- "My son Julian came in one day with a picture he painted about a school friend named Lucy. He had sketched in some stars in the sky and called it 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds.' Simple."

Nevertheless, the BBC banned the song due to the LSD acronym.

It was the 11th song recorded for Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album.

Lennon has said that many of the song's images came from Alice In Wonderland: "It was Alice in the boat. She is buying the egg, and it turns into Humpty Dumpty. The woman serving in the sop turns into a sheep and the next minute they are rowing in a rowing boat somewhere, and I was visualizing that. There was also the image of the female who would someday come to save me -- a 'girl with kaleidoscope eyes.'"

Lennon said at the time that the "girl with kaleidoscope eyes" turned out to be his future wife Yoko Ono, but the truth is he had met Ono the previous November.

Lennon credited McCartney with the "newspaper taxis" image.

McCartney did agree with the Alice In Wonderland imagery, and said, "This Lucy was God, the big figure, the white rabbit."

Among the instruments featured on the eventual track were McCartney's unique mellotron introduction and bouncing bass line, Lennon's acoustic guitar and lead vocal, George Harrison's electric guitar echoing Lennon's vocal line, and Ringo Starr's legendary thumping drum part. The song also featured maracas, a piano, a Hammond organ, and a tamboura, an Indian instrument which provided a distinctive droning sound. Lennon, McCartney and Harrison all contributed backing vocals.

Shortly before his death, Lennon called the song "abysmal... The track is just terrible. I mean, it's great, but it wasn't made right."