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29th May, 2017

Lucy In The Sky: a drawing competition

Following rehearsals a day previous, The Beatles began recording ‘Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds’ on 1st March 1967 and completed it on 2nd March 1967. The track took its name from a pastel drawing of a school friend that was made by 4-year-old Julian Lennon.

“My son came home with a drawing and showed me this strange-looking woman flying around. I said, 'What is it?' and he said, 'It's Lucy in the sky with diamonds,' and I thought, 'That's beautiful.' I immediately wrote a song about it.” – John Lennon.

 

The song was mostly written by John Lennon incorporating psychedelic imagery, with a little help from Paul McCartney.

“I remember coming up with 'cellophane flowers' and 'newspaper taxis' and John answered with things like 'kaleidoscope eyes' and 'looking glass ties'.” – Paul McCartney.

 

 

To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the song, The Beatles Story are asking fans from all over the world to create their own artistic interpretation of the song’s lyrics to be in with a chance to win one of four fab prizes. To enter simply submit a photograph of your artwork using the form below as well as a short description. Competition is open to all ages and nationalities.

This competition has now ended. Thank you to everyone who entered, the winning drawings, as selected by Julia Baird, are as follows:

 

1. Gen (US) - Entry from my 11 year old son with Autism.

 

 

2. Moon Yamamoto (Japan) - 8 years old Japanese boy Moon's image of the song. He'd like to thank the people of The Beatles Story for the wonderful memory of performing Shorinji Kempo at the Cafe last July.

 

 

3. Laura Greenan (UK) - I wanted to create a design that included 'kaleidoscope eyes' as this would mean I could go crazy with the colours that I wanted! I tries to come up with something slightly different and went with a dynamic compsition of a lady flying through space. I was able to incorporate a large eye shape as the background and bring the two ideas together. These ideas also lent themselves will to using psychedelic style typography and colours. The dark blue of the poster was chosen to highlight the central figure and eye shape which I wanted to be the main focus.

 

 

4. Tanya (Ukraine) - I like The Beatles very very very much. Their songs inspire me every day. As far as my hobby is drawing, the majority of my pictures I have devoted to The Beatles. I always try to look for ways to thank them for being beautiful people, who have changed my life definitely. I think, that this competition, it's a good opportunity to do this. The song about Lucy is one of my favourite and I'm glad to draw it. Thanks to "The Beatles Story" for such a competition.

 

 

5. Dorthe Jacobsen (Denmark) - Inspired by the psychedelic drawn universe of the Isle Of Wight Festival and your own "little friends" here's my submission for the competition... hope you like it!

 

 

Full lyrics to the song can be found below:

 

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

Aaaaahhhhh...

 

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

Aaaaahhhhh...

 

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

Lucy in the sky with diamonds

Lucy in the sky with diamonds

Aaaaahhhhh...

Lucy in the sky with diamonds

Lucy in the sky with diamonds

Lucy in the sky with diamonds

Aaaaahhhhh...

Lucy in the sky with diamonds

Lucy in the sky with diamonds

Lucy in the sky with diamonds

 

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