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Lucy in the Mind of Lennon

Tim Kasser

Abstract

Since John Lennon composed Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds in early 1967, fans and music critics alike have argued over the meaning of the song. Is it about drugs? Is it just a lyrical response to a drawing given Lennon by his 4-year-old son Julian? Is there some deeper meaning? This book goes beyond speculative explanations by applying innovative psychological methods to the song's lyrics and music. It deeply analyzes the song's linguistic structure, its basic theme, and the way its words and music had been used by Lennon in earlier songs. As the findings accumulate, the book weaves them togeth ... More

Keywords: John Lennon, Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, lyrics, music, linguistic structure, scientific psychology

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2013 Print ISBN-13: 9780199747603
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199747603.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Tim Kasser, author
Knox College, Gilson, Illinois, Professor of Psychology

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