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John joking about slipping LSD to the Queen in 1965
29 January 2014
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jwshenk
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I've read somewhere--I believe it was a memoir by a member of the Beatles circle, or a friend of John's--that he said (in jest I suppose) that he wanted to slip LSD into the Queen's tea when he went to get his MBE in 1965. I love this detail, but haven't been able to remember the source, or track it down. Does it ring a bell for anyone?

29 January 2014
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According to Peter Brown's book 'The Love You Make', John Lennon had a joint hidden in his boot to present to Prince Charles in case they'd run into him, but Charles wasn't around on that day.  This "slipping LSD to the Queen" likely stemmed from this story for this is the first time that I'd ever heard it.  I mean really, "slipping LSD to the Queen"?!  I don't even think that John & George had tripped themselves just yet, and if they had of before meeting the Queen, I would think that they'd be more interested in turning Paul & Ringo on to it first, I call B.S. on this one...:-)

30 January 2014
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Ringo had already had it by that time. They got their MBEs in October, and Ringo had it in August.

jwshenk - hi! I've not heard that story before, but if you manage to uncover a source do let us know.

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30 January 2014
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jwshenk said
I've read somewhere--I believe it was a memoir by a member of the Beatles circle, or a friend of John's--that he said (in jest I suppose) that he wanted to slip LSD into the Queen's tea when he went to get his MBE in 1965. I love this detail, but haven't been able to remember the source, or track it down. Does it ring a bell for anyone?

That sounds like John was being interviewed for the zillionth time, and he decided to spice it up with a typically irreverent "naughty schoolboy" comment; just to see if the interviewer would take him seriously. I know for a fact that Paul thought that the queen was a "pretty nice gal;" and he would have told her that he loved her a lot, if he had a bellyful of wine. That's on the record.

30 January 2014
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Story sounds like the inspiration to John's song "Lizzie In The Sky With Diamonds"

I just want to play. I’d like to think I could work opposite Sinatra, B.B. King, the Beatles, or a polka band... - Jazz musician Rahsaan Roland Kirk, 1967
30 January 2014
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vonbontee said
Story sounds like the inspiration to John's song "Lizzie In The Sky With Diamonds"

ha!

She can rattle her jewelry for John!

 

 

30 January 2014
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'Lizzie Won't Die' (to be sung to the tune of Live and Let Die) - in reference to Prince Charles and his never to come to pass dream of becoming King.

 

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30 January 2014
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And of course then there's "Dizzy Miss Lizzie"

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4 February 2014
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Well I don't know about John and the Queen, but I definitely read somewhere George said he wanted to dose unknowingly everyone in the American Congress heart

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4 February 2014
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vonbontee said
And of course then there's "Dizzy Miss Lizzie"

He was evidently plotting it since that Spring. Or perhaps even earlier, if he had, in fact, written Larry Williams with his nefarious plot, which served as inspiration (the chaotic sound representing the Queen in the deep throes of a psychedelic experience). Considering that LSD was confined mostly to laboratories at the time, it really goes to show just how trendsetting the lads were.

 

Of course, this would've also been around the same time that the first of several Paul McCartneys were killed and replaced, but that's neither here nor there...

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