Lucy…Now in the Sky

Melanie Rovinsky

Lucy Vodden, the woman who inspired the Beatles’ song “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds,” died on Sept. 28 at the age of 46. Vodden died at St. Thomas’ Hospital where she had received over five years of treatment for lupus.

Vodden’s connection with the Beatles came early on in her life. When Julian Lennon, John Lennon’s son, was four years old, he came home from school one day with a drawing of his friend Lucy. He told his father it was a picture of “Lucy in the sky with diamonds.” According to the Associated Press, the image was quickly transformed into a psychedelic masterpiece that became associated with LSD use.

Although Vodden was proud of her connection to the Beatles, she didn’t particularly like the song that she had inspired. “I don’t relate to the song, to that type of song,” Vodden told AP in June 2009.

Although Julian Lennon had lost touch with Vodden when he left school after his parents divorced, he recently reunited with her. In recent years, he tried to help her cope with her disease by sending her flowers and text messages.

“I wanted to do something to put a smile on her face,” Lennon told the Associated Press.