Lennon’s ‘A Day In The Life’ Lyrics Sells for $1.2M
June 19, 2010
(ChattahBox)—- The handwritten sheet of lyrics of “A Day in a Life,” the iconic final track of the Beatles’ groundbreaking 1967 concept album “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club,” written by the late John Lennon, has sold at auction for a record-breaking price of $1.2 million. The award-winning song, with the familiar lines, ‘Woke up, got out of bed, Dragged a comb across my head,” and ending with the now- famous simultaneous E-major chord on three separate grand pianos, is part of rock and roll history. And now, some lucky American telephone bidder is in possession of the original lyric sheet, penned on a double-sided sheet of paper with a felt-tip marker, blue ink and red ink corrections.
The song was co-written by Paul McCarthy. And the original lyric sheet was previously owned by the Beatles’ former road manager, Mal Evans.
The drug-inspired line in the song “I’d like to turn you on,” caused controversy in the 60s, prompting the BBC, as well as a number of Asian countries to ban the playing of the song.
Geoff Emerick, the sound engineer for “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club,” recalled in a 2007 interview, how Beatles band members and the sound crew, were blown away by the song from the very beginning. “Shivers just ran down our backs, ” Emerick said. “It was just unbelievable.”