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Lucy In The Sky - the real woman
    #4298909 - 06/15/05 12:43 PM (13 years, 11 days ago)

Another piece of Beatles' history laid to rest - R.I.P Lucy Richardson ....

Lucy In The Sky - the real woman
June 15, 2005 - news.com.au

WHEN the Beatles released Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, it was popularly assumed to be a barely concealed reference to LSD.

John Lennon denied a drugs link, claiming the true inspiration was a young girl called Lucy who appeared in a painting by his then four-year-old son, Julian.

Her identity was not revealed at the time but the story can now be told of the little girl who may have been the real Lucy in the Sky.

Lucy Richardson grew up to be a successful movie art director.

But this month she died at the age of 47 after a two-year battle with breast cancer.

Last night her sister Mary Foster paid tribute to the popular and talented film lover, and told of the family's connection to the Beatles.

Lucy was a few years older than Julian Lennon when he enrolled at the private Heath House School, in Weybridge, Surrey.

However, because John Lennon and the other Beatles used to visit the Richardson family's antique and jewellery shop, she knew the little boy.

So when he became homesick and unsettled she would be called out of class to sit with him while he drew pictures. One of those pictures was of Lucy.

Mrs Foster said: "One day John Lennon came into the shop and said, 'Hello, Lucy in the sky with diamonds'. We thought it was just John being John."

When a song with that same name appeared on 1967's Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album, the Richardson family began to wonder.

And when Lennon announced he had been inspired by his son's picture of a girl called Lucy, the pieces of the emotional jigsaw puzzle came together.

It was in a 1975 interview that Lennon said: "Julian came in one day with a picture he painted about a school friend of his named Lucy. He had sketched in some stars in the sky and called it Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds."

Mrs Foster, who still runs the antiques shop, said: "It was then we realised why he had been calling our Lucy, Lucy in the sky.

"Lucy remembered the times when she would sit with Julian as he drew pictures.

"She was rather chuffed to realise she had inspired the song title, but was very modest about it.

"There was another girl called Lucy who thought the song was about her, but we always knew the song was about our Lucy."

Julian Lennon, now 42, has recollected his drawing in interviews.

"I obviously had an affection for Lucy at that age," he said.

As Lucy grew up, contact with the Beatles was lost.

She went on to work her way up in the film industry, becoming an art director on films such as Elizabeth with Cate Blanchett and Geoffrey Rush, Chocolat and last year's The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

Lucy, who never married, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2003 and endured a lumpectomy and gruelling chemotherapy and radiotherapy.

Last December she was told the cancer was back, and had spread to her bones.

She died on June 1 and was buried in Weybridg.

Her family sprinkled crystals on her grave to symbolise the diamonds of the song she inspired.

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Re: Lucy In The Sky - the real woman [Re: veggie]
    #4298949 - 06/15/05 12:51 PM (13 years, 11 days ago)

Veggie, you rule.

Acid doesn't give you truths; it builds machines that push the envelope of perception. Whatever revelations came to me then have dissolved like skywriting. All I really know is that those few years saddled me with a faith in the redemptive potential of the imagination which, however flat, stale and unprofitable the world seems to me now, I cannot for the life of me shake.

-Erik Davis

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Re: Lucy In The Sky - the real woman [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #4299044 - 06/15/05 01:18 PM (13 years, 11 days ago)

weird, I was listening to this song last night and thinking how cool it was. Interesting post.

"Whatever you do, you need to keep moving.  Because when you stop moving you die (physically and emotionally).

Good luck and blessings of happiness and fortune." ~ RandalFlagg RIP

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Re: Lucy In The Sky - the real woman [Re: OneMoreRobot3021]
    #4299047 - 06/15/05 01:20 PM (13 years, 11 days ago)

The Pink Floyd-Let There Be More Light (1968)

Far, far, far away - way
People heard him say - say
I will find a way - way
There will come a day - day
Something will be done.

Then at last the mighty ship
Descending on a point of flame
Made contact with the human race
And melted hearts

Now, now, now is the time - time
Time to be - be - be aware

Carter's father saw him there and
Knew the road revealed to him
The living soul of .....

Oh, my, something in my eye - eye
Something in the sky - sky
Waiting there for me

The outer lock rolled slowly back
The service men were heard to sigh
For there revealed in glowing robes
Was Lucy in the sky

Oh - oh - did you ever know - know
Never ever will they
I cannot say

Something in his cosmic art
And glowing slightly from his toes
The psychic and the nations fly

No diamonds, the reference is undeniably subtle.

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