links open in new window

Thursday, June 10, 2004

And we're surprised?

Hmmmmm....thanks to The Daily Standard we find the shocking truth about The Beatles' grand contribution to the decline of Western Civilisation:
THERE'S NO QUESTIONING the importance of covering the passing of Ronald Reagan--a man whose impact on America and the world was profound. Plus it's been more than 30 years since the capital has seen a presidential funeral. But such historic moments have a habit of overshadowing news that, under lesser circumstances, would have garnered more attention. How unfortunate, for example, for the intellectual and literary giants C.S. Lewis and Aldous Huxley, who both happened to die on November 22, 1963, the day John F. Kennedy was assassinated. Or how fortunate (at least for a few days) for Ted Kennedy that his accident at Chappaquiddick took place on the same weekend as the moon landing in July of 1969.

And so it is that as the world mourns the death of the Great Communicator, little notice will have been paid to otherwise earth-shattering news out of England: In an interview with Uncut magazine, ex-Beatle Paul McCartney has finally admitted that "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" really was about LSD.

Maybe this isn't as important as the G-8 summit (also receiving little coverage), but for Beatles fans everywhere, it is the equivalent of realizing, after all these years, that Alger Hiss really was a spy.
Of course, you don't have to take McCartney's word for it. Here's Lennon's take on it (quoted from the Beatles Anthology):
I saw Mel Tormé introducing a Lennon-McCartney show, saying how "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" was about LSD. It never was, and nobody believes me. I swear to God, or swear to Mao, or to anybody you like, I had no idea it spelt LSD. This is the truth: 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."
Well, you know the old saying:
"If you can remember the 'sixties, well, you weren't really there..."