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Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Back in the early 70’s, I remember my junior high school music teacher explaining to the class the secret meaning of the title “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. He wrote the title on the black board and asked if anyone knew what the title meant. Of course we all knew the song, the Beatles were still very popular even though they had recently broken up, but no one knew the answer to his question. Then he circled the first three letters of the main words in the title and pulled them together; Lucy Sky Diamonds, LSD.

The title was not about a girl named Lucy, he said, the actual meaning behind the code was the drug LSD! Listening to the lyrics of the song, there is no reason to doubt this theory. Especially since the authors of the song, John Lennon and Paul McCartney both admitted to taking LSD.

An interesting side note, a few years later in 1974 came the discovery of the Australopithecus afarensis fossil named “Lucy”. The famous fossil was named after Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds. The song was playing loudly on a tape recorder at the excavation sight at the time of the discovery.

For over 30 years, every time I heard the song Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, I remembered what my music teacher said about the song’s title. I even remember the teacher’s name. His name was Mr. Ciccone, but the kids used to call him “crater face”. Mr. Ciccone must have had very bad acne in his younger days. Mean, I know, but remember, this was middle school. I also remember that he was very good at spotting kids chewing gum. Even if you didn’t move your mouth at all, if there was gum in there, he somehow knew it. He was way too strict and serious for a music teacher. But I digress…

Yesterday, I read a headline on CNN that caught my eye: “‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’ dies”. According to John Lennon, the song title actually came from his then pre-school son Julian. Lucy was a classmate of Julian’s. One day Julian came home from school with a drawing of his friend Lucy. His father asked him about the drawing and Julian said, “That’s Lucy in the sky with diamonds.”

Regardless of the song’s meaning, John Lennon said that his son’s drawing was the inspiration behind the title and that the fact that the letters LSD were in the title were just a coincidence. Here is a scan of the drawing that I found online. The original is probably with Julian’s mother (John’s first wife) Cynthia. Sure looks like Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds to me!

The real Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds has died aged 46 from the chronic disease Lupus.


Lucy Vodden


Whether the song title came from the drawing or the initials LSD or both, I would venture to say that someone would have to be on some sort of hallucinogenic drug to come up with these psychedelic lyrics:

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Picture yourself on a boat in 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, ah

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 taxi’s appear on the shores
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, ah

Picture yourself in 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, ah


Teach your children well

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Are you surprised, or perhaps even outraged by this story? While extreme, this is basically one of many examples of the religious brainwashing that our young are subjected to on a regular basis. Children by nature trust their parents. What children are taught at an early age stays with them for life. It is impossible for a young child to make a judgment regarding faith. They are too young to understand these supernatural ideas. Therefore, it is not possible for a child to be a Christian, a Jew, a Muslim or whatever their parents happen to be. When parents force their superstitious beliefs upon their children, this is a form of brainwashing.

Religion is like a virus that infects the majority of the world’s population and we are passing this infection on to our children. It teaches them to believe in things that can not be tested or proven and in reality is superstitious nonsense. Religion is like an infection of the masses that continues to spread generation after generation. It’s a virus that causes delusions of the ultimate imaginary friend.

Why is this bad? Because it teaches children not to think. Religion teaches them ancient superstitious beliefs, rather than facts and it is a slippery slope that often leads to segregation, bigotry and hatred. Religion is a destructive force that has caused anger and bloodshed throughout human history. “My God is better than your God” or who’s imaginary friend is the real God? In reality, there are no gods. For those who are able to think – in spite of childhood brainwashing and social pressures – it is clear that believing in an invisible friend up in the sky is just ridiculous. Also, religion is not necessary in order to give children a moral foundation. We should practice “the golden rule” because it’s the right thing to do, not out of the fear of God or Hell’s fire.

If world peace can ever be possible, we must break this cycle and stop brainwashing our young. Children should be taught facts, not superstitions, so that they can grow up to be open-minded, thinking adults who are able to form their own objective opinions. Their is a difference between teaching a child about the religions of the world and scaring a child into thinking they are going to burn in hell if they don’t believe in whatever particular god their parents worship. They should be taught history, science, literature, mathematics and most importantly critical thinking.

It’s time for free thinkers to step forward and say, enough is a enough. In order to become a global community, we need to move beyond these ancient myths and taboos; we have plenty of real-world differences and problems to overcome. Once a child has been infected with the god virus, it is almost impossible to cure them. As always, prevention is the best medicine.


Imagine there’s no Heaven
It’s easy if you try
No hell below us
Above us only sky
Imagine all the people
Living for today

Imagine there’s no countries
It isn’t hard to do
Nothing to kill or die for
And no religion too
Imagine all the people
Living life in peace

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will be as one

Imagine no possessions
I wonder if you can
No need for greed or hunger
A brotherhood of man
Imagine all the people
Sharing all the world

You may say that I’m a dreamer
But I’m not the only one
I hope someday you’ll join us
And the world will live as one

– John Lennon