Lucy in a Simple Drawing

“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

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

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.

Lucy in the sky with diamonds”

When I was in school, a long time ago, in a land far away, I used to spend many hours trying to come up with essays about the hidden meanings in poems, novels and such. A real torture! I remember thinking all along: why do we have to write about this? Can we just enjoy the images as they come to life? Now that I don’t write about it, I just enjoy the images and sometimes draw them. Like I did with “Lucy”.

OK, so it’s not Wordsworth, but “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds” is one of those songs that everybody knows and sometimes wonders what it is about. Well, it turns out that (contrary to the urban myth) it’s about this drawing made by Julian Lennon of his school mate, Lucy. And about things that a kid could dream up. At least, that’s how I saw it and I’m sticking to it!

Getting to the final version wasn’t all that obvious, because I kept second guessing myself about this or that color and this or that composition element, but in the end it all came together. I have had this idea about starting a series based on miss-interpreted songs. There are at least a couple that I can think of that could use to be put just plainly in a drawing. I will keep you posted when that happens. In the meantime, there are a few other ideas that really need some attention.

Talk soon,


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