Julian Lennon Helps ailing Lucy Vodden, the real Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Duncan Riley

More than 40 years ago, Julian Lennon came home from school with a picture he had drawn. He said to his dad, John Lennon from the Beatles: "That's Lucy in the sky with diamonds."

The picture of Lucy Vodden, Julian's friend from school, inspired one of the most famous songs of all time "Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds" from the Beatles album, "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band."

Now more than 40 years later, Julian Lennon has found out that his old friend Lucy is not in the best of health. In fact, Lucy Vodden was diagnosed with lupus about five years ago after suffering other serious health problems. She has been struggling with extreme fatigue, joint pain, and other common symptoms associated with the disease. Lucy's condition is now worsening and she is beginning to suffer advanced symptoms that could lead to a total breakdown of her internal organs.

Julian Lennon said in a statement given to the Associated Press:

"I wasn't sure at first how to approach her. I wanted at least to get a note to her. Then I heard she had a great love of gardening, and I thought I'd help with something she's passionate about, and I love gardening too. I wanted to do something to put a smile on her face."

Veteran music critic Fred Schruers said that Julian Lennon's act of reaching out to help Vodden and offer emotional support as she fights Lupus is very moving because of the childlike nature of the song.

"It's enormously evocative but with a tinge of poignancy. It's the lost childhood Julian had with that little Lucy and the lost innocence we had with the psychedelic era, an innocence we really cherished until it was snatched away."

[Via the Associated Press