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Post details: Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' dies

Sep 29 '09

The childhood friend of John Lennon's son who inspired the Beatles' psychedelic masterpiece "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" has died aged 46 from the chronic disease Lupus.

Lucy Vodden was a classmate of Julian Lennon, who came home from school one day carrying a drawing of his 4-year-old classmate. "That's Lucy in the sky with diamonds," he told his father.

Lennon seized on the image and embellished it in a song along with "newspaper taxis" and a "girl with kaleidoscope eyes."

The BBC later banned the track, which appeared on the 1967 album "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," for its supposed drug reference with the words of the song spelling out LSD.

Lennon always claimed though that the title was suggested by Julian, not from any wish to spell out LSD, the chemical name for the drug, acid, in code.

This is a timeless and classic song. I'm sure you're singing it in your head right now. I am. It's neat to learn the real origins of songs, as this one is inspired by a 4 year old drawing. It's sad that she passed away at such a young age, and our thoughts and prayers are with her family at this time.

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