Jacob Mendez
Jacob Mendez

The truth about ‘Lucy in the Sky’: What did Lennon really mean?

Prepare to be shocked, because some songs will never sound the same again.

Legend has it that it is a song about illegal substances, but just look at the title to put the letters together. The Liverpool Four’s non-musical stories about various experiments also fit this interpretation perfectly. However, it turns out that this legend has little to do with the truth.

John Lennon He tried many times to explain that it wasn’t about mind-altering drugs, but few people wanted to believe him or even listen to him. The legendary Beatle explained in one of his interviews: “This is the truth: my son came home with a drawing. It was a strange-looking flying woman. I asked what it was and he said, ‘Lucy with diamonds in the sky.’ I thought it was beautiful and I immediately wrote a song about it.

Even the title has suggested for years that this is a song for the greatest American patriots. Combined with the photos on the album, in which Boss poses in the colors of the American flag, it couldn’t be otherwise. And yet. Bruce perversely titled his anti-war song this way. The musician criticized the Vietnam War and how combat veterans were treated. However, the artist was not listened to by right-wing politicians, who are famous for often choosing songs with a completely different message for their campaigns than they thought. “Born in the USA” Ronald Reagan was particularly fond of it. Springsteen even explained the matter to fans during the tour promoting the hit album, but the message probably did not reach everyone.

Just like Springsteen – it’s not a patriotic song. For many listeners, Young’s song is a praise of the Western world, primarily, of course, the United States. They couldn’t be more wrong. Young decided to criticize the decline of morals and the end of prosperity in the “free world”, so he sang about crime, child abandonment and homelessness. The song was intended to be a warning and a signal for people to wake up. The artist was very frustrated that people did not understand the true message of the song, so he included two versions of it on the album. So that no one will have any doubts what this is about.

In this case, it is not entirely about a bad interpretation of the text. Musicians rather had a problem with people not seeing any meaning in the words. The song, of course, became a hit because the famous “MMMBop” did the job, but for the average listener it was about… nothing. Brethren Hanson they finally explained that “MMMbop” means time. So the song says that life passes very quickly and instead of chasing unfulfillable dreams for years, we should focus on things that are really important.

Listeners who don’t see anything disturbing in this text… worry Sting. The musician explained many times that it is not a love song at all. The singer was inspired by the reality of Big Brother, control and tracking, rather than innocent feelings. Maybe Sting’s voice is soothing, but the words the musician sings absolutely shouldn’t be. Of course, the artist does not complain about the popularity of the song, because the copyright profits from this song alone constitute a significant income for him. But to couples who choose this song for their first dance, the musician has only one thing to say: “Good luck.”

This is a similar case to z The Police. The song that has become the queen of weddings and romantic dinners is not suitable for any of these occasions. James Blunt years later, he revealed that it was a song about persistently following someone. On “The Oprah Winfrey Show,” the musician said: “It’s a bit pathetic. The song is about how I met my ex-girlfriend on the London Underground. She was with her new guy who I had no idea existed.” Internet users were shocked. James Blunt, however, is famous for his distance from himself and – since weddings are out of the question – he has found a new use for his hit. After it emerged that New Zealand police were using Barry Manilow songs to disperse protesters, Blunt wrote: “Let me know if this doesn’t work.”

Many people chose this song for weddings. This wasn’t the best idea. The song actually uses religious references, but it is not a prayer at all, it is just about relationships and, above all, about desire. At most, the song has so much to do with faith that some people won’t believe its true message anyway. Admittedly, if there were any reward for hiding the true meaning of words, Leonard Cohen he should get it without a vote.

It’s impossible not to tap your foot while listening to this song. Energetic sounds must mean something positive, right? Well, not necessarily. Andr√© 3000 doesn’t sing about anything happy at all, but reflects on his relationship. Is his girlfriend with him because she loves him or she just doesn’t want to be alone? The funniest thing about the whole story is that the singer unknowingly predicted what would happen with the true message of the song: “Y’all don’t wanna hear me, you just wanna dance.” Clairvoyant?

For many fans, it is still a song about nostalgia and longing for youth, as well as a story about the beautiful 1960s. In a sense, yes, but the author himself suggests that the key to solving the song’s mystery is the number 69, which does not mean the year. Already brighter? Bryan Adams he recalled: “Once in Spain someone asked me why I wrote the line ‘I had my first real s.. dream’. I burst out laughing.”

A lively and optimistic song, perfect for dancing and about basketball shoes, popular in the 90s. This is how this hit was most often interpreted. It got weird when the group started explaining what the song was actually about. These shoes are an expensive gadget that privileged students from wealthier homes could afford. People who often ridiculed school recluses from poorer families. One of these ridiculed students is the hero of this song, who one day wanted revenge.

Musicians Foster the People admitted that they were bullied at school, and “Pumped Up Kicks” was the band’s protest against too easy access to weapons. Some people understood the meaning of the song, but not in the way the musicians wanted. This was not the intention of Foster the People, so at some point the artists stopped performing it at concerts.