John Lennon’s Scribbled Lyrics Worth $1 Million



John Lennon’s handwritten lyrics have sold for $1.2 million at an auction in New York, purchased by an American private collector over the phone. They were for the Beatles hit A Day in The Life which was the final track of the band’s 1967 album Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.

It’s a double-sided sheet of paper which starts with “I read the news today oh boy about a lucky man who made the grade.” This apparently refers to Guiness heir Tara Browne‘s car crash. Browne was a friend of Lennon’s and a society figure who crashed his Lotus Elan sports car in London and died in 1966, after failing to notice a red traffic light. Lennon later commented, “I didn’t copy the accident. Tara didn’t blow his mind out, but it was in my mind when I was writing that verse. The details of the accident in the song — not noticing traffic lights and a crowd forming at the scene — were similarly part of the fiction.”

The lyrics previously belonged to Beatles road manager Mal Evans. According to Sotheby’s, the document provides a “rare glimpse into the Beatles’ songwriting dynamic.” “A Day In The Life” was banned by the BBC when it was released because of the line “I’d love to turn you on” which supposedly encouraged drug use.

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