Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Who Is the Greatest Rock Poet? Revisiting #2

Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds, Julian Lennon
This poem by John Lennon is Lewis Carrollesque, inspired by his son's painting while Julian was in nursery school. The imagery in this poem is astounding.


Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds


John and Julian
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, 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 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, 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

Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds, ah

Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds
Lucy in the sky with diamonds

Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, from the movie Yellow Submarine

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGLGzRXY5Bw

Personally, I believe Lennon that the poem is not about LSD. I also think the use of drugs and alcohol slows down and confuses the creative process. It destroys brain cells, not enhancing the function of creativity.

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