Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

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"Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" is a song written primarily by John Lennon and credited to Lennon/McCartney,[1] for The Beatles' 1967 album Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band.[2]

Lennon's son, Julian, inspired the song with a nursery school drawing he called "Lucy — in the sky with diamonds". Shortly after the song's release, speculation arose that the first letter of each of the title's nouns intentionally spelled LSD.[3] Although Lennon denied and mocked the idea of a hidden LSD reference, the BBC banned the song.[4][5]

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Arrangement

Much of the song is in simple triple metre (3/4 time), but the chorus is in 4/4 time. The song modulates between musical keys, using the key of A major for verses, B♭ major for the pre-chorus, and G major for the chorus.[6] It is sung by Lennon over an increasingly complicated underlying arrangement which features a tamboura, played by George Harrison, and a counter melody on Lowrey organ played by McCartney and taped with a special organ stop sounding "not unlike a celeste".[7]

Session tapes from the initial 1 March 1967 recording of this song reveal that Lennon originally sang the line "Cellophane flowers of yellow and green" as a broken phrase, but McCartney suggested that he sing it more fluidly to improve the song.[8]

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