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Lucy of 'Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds' fame dies
Yahoo - AP ^ | 09/28/09 | GREGORY KATZ

Posted on 09/28/2009 9:44:56 AM PDT by Borges

LONDON – Lucy Vodden, who provided the inspiration for the Beatles' classic song "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds," has died after a long battle with lupus. She was 46.

Her death was announced Monday by St. Thomas' Hospital in London, where she had been treated for the chronic disease for more than five years, and by her husband, Ross Vodden. Britain's Press Association said she died last Tuesday. Hospital officials said they could not confirm the day of her death.

Vodden's connection to the Beatles dates back to her early days, when she made friends with schoolmate Julian Lennon, John Lennon's son.

Julian Lennon, then 4 years old, came home from school with a drawing one day, showed it to his father, and said it was "Lucy in the sky with diamonds."

At the time, John Lennon was gathering material for his contributions to "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band," a landmark album released to worldwide acclaim in 1967.

The elder Lennon seized on the image and developed it into what is widely regarded as a psychedelic masterpiece, replete with haunting images of "newspaper taxis" and a "girl with kaleidoscope eyes."

Rock music critics thought the song's title was a veiled reference to LSD, but John Lennon always claimed the phrase came from his son, not from a desire to spell out the initials LSD in code.

Vodden lost touch with Julian Lennon after he left the school following his parents' divorce, but they were reunited in recent years when Julian Lennon, who lives in France, tried to help her cope with the disease.

He sent her flowers and vouchers for use at a gardening center near her home in Surrey in southeast England, and frequently sent her text messages in an effort to buttress her spirits.

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Music/Entertainment
KEYWORDS: 2009obituaries; beatlemania; beatles; lucyinthesky; pagingbillshatner; thebeatles
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1 posted on 09/28/2009 9:44:57 AM PDT by Borges
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To: JackRyanCIA

bump


3 posted on 09/28/2009 9:47:54 AM PDT by ConservativeMan55
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To: JackRyanCIA

Even the initials of the song are LSD.


4 posted on 09/28/2009 9:49:50 AM PDT by murron (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: JackRyanCIA

Lennon denied that his entire life.


5 posted on 09/28/2009 9:51:38 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges

Don’t get me wrong. I have always loved the Beatles. But John Lennon could deny it all he wanted to. It is just too coincidental that the whole song sounds like an LSD trip (so I’ve been told, not from 1st hand experience) and Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds has the initials LSD.


6 posted on 09/28/2009 9:54:36 AM PDT by murron (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: JackRyanCIA

There were other songs that Lennon freely admited were about drugs. Why just deny that one?


8 posted on 09/28/2009 9:55:23 AM PDT by Borges
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To: Borges
Her namesake, Lucy the Australopithecus, died 3.2 million years ago.

The Far Side had a cartoon once of a new "Lucy" discovery--a fossil looking like Lucy from Peanuts.

10 posted on 09/28/2009 9:56:55 AM PDT by Verginius Rufus
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To: JackRyanCIA

the girl with kaleidoscope eyes...


11 posted on 09/28/2009 9:57:05 AM PDT by ElayneJ
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To: Borges
Yah,”Lucy” was a song about a girl.I don’t doubt it for a moment!
12 posted on 09/28/2009 9:57:58 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Christian+Veteran=Terrorist)
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To: Borges

Kudos to Julian for trying to help her out but if he really wanted to make a difference, he could have sent her to a country that still - at least for now - has a world class medical system.


13 posted on 09/28/2009 9:58:58 AM PDT by NonValueAdded ("The President has borrowed more money to spend to less effect than anybody on the planet. " Steyn)
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To: Borges

How’s Lovely Rita, Meter Maid doing these days?


14 posted on 09/28/2009 9:59:35 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: murron

“Even the initials of the song are LSD.”
LITSWD?


15 posted on 09/28/2009 9:59:58 AM PDT by MrLee (Sha'alu Shalom Yerushalyim!! God bless Eretz Israel.)
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To: dfwgator

She’s still sitting on the sofa with a sister or two.


16 posted on 09/28/2009 10:00:43 AM PDT by BenLurkin (Brave amateurs....they do their part.)
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To: Borges

17 posted on 09/28/2009 10:02:34 AM PDT by JoeProBono (A closed mouth gathers no feet)
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To: Borges

Cool to know this trivia.

And for all us poo pooers who say it’s about LSD and not Julian’s schoolmate, I propose it’s about both. Julian gave his dad the idea of Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds and while dropping acid he expounded on the idea.

Makes since to me. In the late 60s I saw Lucy in the sky a few times myself.


18 posted on 09/28/2009 10:02:38 AM PDT by hoe_cake (A member of the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Constitution.)
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To: JackRyanCIA

‘Don’t know. Just drop a tab of acid and listen to the song and you will know the truth.’

Do that and the ‘Battle Hymn of the Republic’ would be a mind blowing experience.

BTW I have no dog in this fight.

Sorry to hear about the Lucy’s passing.


19 posted on 09/28/2009 10:02:55 AM PDT by edge10 (Obama lied, babies died!)
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To: Borges

Maybe because he didn’t want to be seen as a simpleton songwriter.


20 posted on 09/28/2009 10:02:58 AM PDT by savedbygrace (You are only leading if someone follows. Otherwise, you just wandered off... [Smokin' Joe])
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To: Borges

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.

{CHORUS}
Lucy in the sky with diamonds,
Lucy in the sky with diamonds,
Lucy in the sky with diamonds,
Ah... Ah...

{VERSE 2}
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.

{CHORUS}

Picture yourself on a train in a station,
With plasticine porters with looking glass ties.
Suddenly someone is there at the turnstile,
The girl with kaleidoscope eyes.

http://www.sing365.com/music/lyric.nsf/Lucy-in-the-Sky-with-Diamonds-lyrics-The-Beatles/268F467B6ECC8C7148256BC20013FDB3


21 posted on 09/28/2009 10:03:07 AM PDT by bgill (The framers of the US Constitution established an entire federal government in 18 pages.)
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To: All

Lennon wasn’t a very nice person. His son admitted it, hell even HE admitted it.
Lennon was lying when he says it wasn’t about drugs.
I’m a Paul fan, anyways...


22 posted on 09/28/2009 10:03:22 AM PDT by Maverick68 (w)
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To: Borges
yoko Pictures, Images and Photos

Luckily, we still have Yoko!

23 posted on 09/28/2009 10:06:45 AM PDT by Snickering Hound
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To: Borges

RIP.


24 posted on 09/28/2009 10:07:04 AM PDT by fieldmarshaldj (~"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps !"~~)
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To: Borges

Awww, must go message Julian. He just met back up with her a few months back.


25 posted on 09/28/2009 10:08:04 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: JackRyanCIA

No it’s not!


26 posted on 09/28/2009 10:08:15 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: murron

Well then you would be spinning off into infinity of a trip if you sang a song about one of my four year old’s drawings.

Cynthia still has this picture that Julian drew and Julian just was reunited with Lucy a few months ago.


27 posted on 09/28/2009 10:09:29 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: Verginius Rufus
Her namesake, Lucy the Australopithecus, died 3.2 million years ago.

No, she was named for the song.

29 posted on 09/28/2009 10:10:33 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: NonValueAdded

Julian isn’t rich by any stretch of the imagination. His b*tch of a stepmother has made sure of that.

He even has to purchase postcards HE sent to John from auctions.


30 posted on 09/28/2009 10:11:28 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: All

Most overrated band ever.

Couldn’t stand them or their politics.


31 posted on 09/28/2009 10:12:20 AM PDT by Rodney Dangerfield (Fact: When speaking, BHO refers to himself on an average of every 13 seconds.)
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To: hoe_cake

I’m sure for a hippy who liked to trip on acid, it seemed just trippy enough to write a song about. However the actual “Lucy in the sky with diamonds” was taken from the picture.


32 posted on 09/28/2009 10:12:25 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: JackRyanCIA
Don’t know. Just drop a tab of acid and listen to the song and you will know the truth.

Yep and don't forget that on the album it come right after a song about getting high "with a little help from my friends."

33 posted on 09/28/2009 10:12:46 AM PDT by wagglebee ("A political party cannot be all things to all people." -- Ronald Reagan, 3/1/75)
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To: Rodney Dangerfield

“Most overrated band ever.”

Oddly, John probably would have agreed with you, LOL!


34 posted on 09/28/2009 10:13:40 AM PDT by autumnraine (You can't fix stupid, but you can vote it out!)
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To: autumnraine

Hey, I’m a believer. I have no problem with Julian’s account. I think it’s great.


35 posted on 09/28/2009 10:13:50 AM PDT by hoe_cake (A member of the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Constitution.)
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To: Snickering Hound

I heard one song that Yoko sang from an album put out in the mid 70’s and produced by John. It was a techno funk pop 70’s disco type of song. The song was lousy and her voice was worse than that.


36 posted on 09/28/2009 10:17:24 AM PDT by Old Teufel Hunden
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To: hoe_cake

I’m sure I’ve “danced” with Lucy ... but everyone knew her as Nancy.


37 posted on 09/28/2009 10:17:43 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Rodney Dangerfield

HEAR HEAR!

Damn hippies...


38 posted on 09/28/2009 10:19:14 AM PDT by envisio (Wanna understand all the problems with this country? Google "Kanye West".)
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To: knarf

Did Nancy come in through the bathroom window?


39 posted on 09/28/2009 10:19:42 AM PDT by hoe_cake (A member of the Society of the Descendants of the Signers of the Constitution.)
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To: ElayneJ

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V1Ar79f8aN8


40 posted on 09/28/2009 10:20:09 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not an Obama "Administration"....it's a "Regime")
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To: bgill
See post 40....nobody, but nobody could do it like Shat.

...snicker

41 posted on 09/28/2009 10:21:24 AM PDT by ErnBatavia (It's not an Obama "Administration"....it's a "Regime")
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To: autumnraine

Yes, I’ve heard the story. I’m just saying I don’t believe it.


42 posted on 09/28/2009 10:21:41 AM PDT by murron (Proud Marine Mom)
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To: JackRyanCIA

Stay away from the brown acid. ... “The brown acid that is circulating around us isn’t too good. It is suggested that you stay away from that.”


43 posted on 09/28/2009 10:21:48 AM PDT by La Lydia
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To: ErnBatavia

Rocketman.....


44 posted on 09/28/2009 10:22:57 AM PDT by Sybeck1 (No teleprompters were harmed in the creation of this post.)
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To: ErnBatavia
Shat?

Past tense of shit?

Yeah ... I guess he is.

46 posted on 09/28/2009 10:26:53 AM PDT by knarf (I say things that are true ... I have no proof ... but they're true)
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To: Rodney Dangerfield

Who at the time was better?


47 posted on 09/28/2009 10:31:12 AM PDT by Borges
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To: murron
Don’t get me wrong. I have always loved the Beatles. But John Lennon could deny it all he wanted to.

Why would he? Lennon was the sort of man who'd brag about the song being about LSD if that were the truth. He and his son Julian both say the song was inspired by the young Julian's drawing, which can be seen in this article about the real Lucy.
48 posted on 09/28/2009 10:31:47 AM PDT by AnotherUnixGeek
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To: autumnraine
His b*tch of a stepmother has made sure of that.

I can't attest to anything other than your one word description of her, but it wouldn't surprise me in the least. My mother had several encounters with her, not a pleasant person in the least.

49 posted on 09/28/2009 10:35:15 AM PDT by Gabz (Democrats for Voldemort)
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To: Borges

I do not really care, but the album DID help me get next to Lorraine from Houston in 1967. She had it, I wanted it, and a better deal was never struck.


50 posted on 09/28/2009 10:38:04 AM PDT by wxgesr (I want to be the first person to surf on another planet!)
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