The Beatles

“A Day in the Life” Handwritten Lyrics Set to Be Auctioned in June

Johnny Sanford :: Thursday, April 29th, 2010 1:50 pm

“I read the news today, oh boy,” are the first lyrics to the John Lennon-penned song “A Day in the Life,” and the original handwritten version is set to be auctioned by Sotheby’s on June 18th, 2010. The two sided piece of loose-leaf paper is estimated to sell for $700,000 based on the auction for an original handwritten version of “All You Need is Love,” which sold for a cool million back in 2005, according to a BBC News article. Back when Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band came out, the BBC banned “A Day in the Life” from airplay for the line “I’d like to turn you on” because it was thought to promote drug use. This famous line is apparently missing from the handwritten copy, and it’s thought to be a later addition to the song before it was recorded. If you don’t have a million dollars to spend on the lyric sheet, you can always read the lyrics here for free.