The Beatles and Their Hidden Drug References Were the songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles hidden drug references due to them living in the sixties and seventies when drug use was very common?
The songs written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney of The Beatles are some of the best songs ever written, but to many people’s surprise The Beatles have hidden references to drugs like marijuana, acid, heroin, LSD (Lysergic acid diethylamide), and cocaine. Both Paul McCartney and John Lennon have had problems with drugs throughout their lives with Paul McCartney actually being jailed in Japan when a half pound of marijuana was found in his luggage in the customs of an airport in Japan (BBC. Beatles Drug Use). Songs
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The whole first verse makes it seem that John Lennon was on some kind of drug while writing the lyrics. The Kaleidoscope eyes could have been a result of the drug that the girl was taking. It’s a little hidden message that they were taking drugs while on the tug boat. In the second verse when the singer sings “Climb in the back with your head in the clouds/And you 're gone.”(John Lennon) it is clearly a reference to getting high. When someone’s head is in the clouds that means they are high and being gone has the same meaning. So when John Lennon wrote the song he was writing about LSD high and not a girl in his Julian’s, his son, class (Shmoop Editorial Team. Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds Meaning). With a little Help From my Friends written by the John Lennon and Paul McCartney combo contained explicit drug references and has been said to be about drugs. The song has a line in which Ringo Starr sings “I get high with a little help from my friends.” He is clearly talking about getting high on some drug. It is also said that the word friends is a metaphor for drugs because John Lennon use to portray drugs while he wrote songs (Hippies and Drugs). It can also be said that when he was talking about love at first sight he is talking about his love for drugs