Saturday 29 April 2017

John Lennon lyrics to be auctioned

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics are being auctioned
John Lennon's handwritten lyrics are being auctioned

John Lennon's handwritten lyrics to the final song on the Beatles' Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band album are being auctioned.

The lyrics to the Beatles classic A Day In The Life, on a double-sided sheet of paper featuring Lennon's edits and corrections in his own hand, will be sold in June, Sotheby's announced.

The text is in black felt marker and blue ball point pen, with a few annotations in red ink.

It is expected to fetch between 500,000 and 700,000 dollars when it is sold in New York on June 18.

Rolling Stone magazine listed A Day In The Life at No 26 in its compilation of the 500 Greatest Songs Of All Time and Sgt Pepper won four Grammy awards in 1968.

The lyrics stirred controversy when the Beatles released the album in 1967. The song was banned by the BBC because it twice features the line, "I'd love to turn you on," which was interpreted as supporting illegal drug use.

The song was also left off copies of Sgt Pepper's sold in several Asian countries for the same reason.

The album's Lucy In The Sky with Diamonds was alleged to have glorified the use of the hallucinogenic LSD, a claim that bandmembers denied.

In addition, A Day In The Life" features the lyric "he blew his mind out in a car," which Beatles aficionados claim is a reference to the accidental death of Tara Browne, the Guinness heir and close friend of both Lennon and Paul McCartney.

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