The Truth About 'Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds:' Is It About LSD, Or What?

Left: Elton John's chart-topping cover of 'Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds.' Right: cover art for the sheet music for the song. Sources:; Wikimedia Commons

Picture yourself in a boat on a river, using your kaleidoscope eyes to read about the writing and recording of “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” the seminal Beatles hit from 1967’s Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band that became a hit again in 1975 when Elton John covered the song for Captain Fantastic and the Brown Dirt Cowboy.

Whether you’ve heard the song once or you’re a Lucy fanatic you’ve definitely wondered what the eff is going on in this song. Is it about gettin' off your noggin on LSD? What does "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" mean? Is it a play at Alice in Wonderland? Or just a bunch of gobbledygook? We’ll get into that, and how John Lennon came up with the song, how it was interpreted, and how Elton John had secret help from a Beatle (hint: it was John) in making his cover a #1 song.