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Which Songs are About Drugs?
Which Songs are About Drugs?"Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds": totally about drugs, right? The initials even spell it out for you: LSD! Well, not according to John Lennon, who innocently based the song on a drawing his son Julian made in preschool. (Julian's teacher's name: Lucy).

And "Lucy" is hardly alone in being (mis-)interpreted this way; a lot of people just can't say no to thinking that any song with cryptic lyrics is some sort of drug anthem. Considering the subject matter, it can be hard to tell fact from fiction...
~Jens T. Carstensen


Further Reading:
Songs About Drugs
Songs the Author Denied Was About Drugs
As a sidenote, we don't really believe that "Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds" isn't about drugs. Lennon stuck with his story, but who knows if he would have come clean had he lived. Paul, Ringo and Yoko might be the only ones who can definitively answer this question, and we tried to ask Yoko, but her publicist knocked the question down before it could get to her.

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Creative people get things from the world around them, and if John Lennon caught the Irony of LSD being in the name of Julian's painting, so be it! The whole feeling and lyrics of the song is like tripping. Artists prefer to leave drug connections out of it.
-hawker from Connecticut

Ten right, two wrong, but unlike the others who commented, I had to guess on every single one. Who truly knows for sure what a song is about besides the person who wrote it?
-PAMELA from NJ

Let's correct some of these answers: Yes, America was formed in London, but the members were American. Their fathers were in the military stationed in the UK. As for Lucy in the Sky - yes, the LSD acronym was not intentional, and Lucy, Julian's classmate (not teacher) was the subject of his painting, but the song is still very clearly inspired by acid with acid imagery.
-Hans from Cambridge, MA

10 right 2 wrong. Last two I had to guess. Never heard them. Shame on me. lol
-Razz from Toledo, Ohio

I thought that "And She Was" was about a woman being pregnant. The album had a general theme around raising kids. She was floating because she was so happy to be having a child. I could be wrong.
-Jerry from Indiana

John Forgerty was and is still heavily against drugs. He has stated that he can count the times, he has smoken weed, with one hand (max. 5 times) and he has never performed drunk.
-Ketil from Denmark

Got 5 myself, others were guesses. Agree w tr from fla. No John, No George....no Beatles. Really, I've got to get you into my life is about smoking pot. Makes a lame song, lamer
-Celeste from Erie, PA

4 wrong...but I only dropped acid in my younger days!
-Scott

Lucy was Julian's classmate ,not his teacher.
-Pete from Madison, WI

I got 5 right and 7 wrong. Ok... English language is not my native language...
-Vagnão from Campinas - Brazil

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