Music Friday: Cobra Starship Gives a Nod to the Beatles in ‘Living in the Sky With Diamonds’

Welcome to Music Friday when we bring you awesome songs with jewelry, gemstones or precious metals in the title or lyrics. Today, New York City dance-pop band Cobra Starship gives a nod to the Beatles in its 2009 release, “Living in the Sky With Diamonds.”

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In this disco-influenced song about a high-living lady obsessed with the club scene, Cobra Starship’s lead vocalist Gabe Saporta describes a night of non-stop dancing.

He sings, “She’s dancing with the stars / Living in the sky with diamonds / She’s dancing with the stars / And oh, how the lights are shining.”

“Living in the Sky With Diamonds” pays homage to the Beatles’ 1967 hit “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds.” Written by John Lennon, the psychedelic song was inspired by the nursery school drawing of his first son, Julian, who was four years old at the time. The young Lennon reportedly titled the drawing “Lucy—in the sky with diamonds.” After the song’s release, many Beatles fans believed the title of the song actually stood for LSD, a potent hallucinogenic drug. Lennon and other members of the Beatles consistently denied the connection.

The references to famous tunes of yesteryear don’t end there. Cobra Starship’s song also borrows the hook — “And oh, oh here she comes” — from Hall & Oates’ 1982 hit “Maneater.”

Cobra Starship’s “Living in the Sky With Diamonds” was the third single released from Hot Mess, the band’s third studio album. Hot Mess made its debut in August of 2009 at #4 on the Billboard 200 albums chart.

USA Today‘s Edna Gundersen called the album “deliciously fun and kitschy” while MTV’s James Montgomery said Hot Mess was Cobra Starship’s “most brilliant album.”

Founded by Saporta in New York City in 2006, Cobra Starship was known for its goofy, fun, sarcastic music. During its 10-year run, the band produced four albums and two Billboard Hot 100 Top 10 singles. Band members included Saporta, Ryland Blackinton (guitar, backing vocals and synthesizer), Alex Suarez (bass and backing vocals), Nate Navarro (drums) and Victoria Asher (keytar and backing vocals).

The group officially announced its disbandment in November of 2015.

Please check out the official video of “Living in the Sky With Diamonds.” The lyrics are below if you’d like to sing along…

“Living in the Sky With Diamonds”

Written by S. Allen, Mike Caren, Ollie Goldstein, Darryl Hall, Philip Lawrence, Bruno Mars, John Oates and Gabe Saporta. Performed by Cobra Starship.

Her heart is racing,
And the room is heating up.
And her eyes are glazing,
But she still can’t get enough.

The beat is pumping, now she’s blowing up (blowing up)
The last thing on her mind is growing up (growing up)
She’ll kiss the sky before she’s giving up (giving up)
And oh, oh here she comes.

She’s dancing with the stars,
Living in the sky with diamonds.
She’s dancing with the stars,
And oh, how the lights are shining.
She has the key in her hand,
Reflection in the mirror’s her best friend
She’s dancing with the stars, the stars,
Keep dancing.

You can’t change her,
Cause you know you think it’s hot.
And that girl loves danger,
But she don’t know when to stop.

The beat is pumping, now she’s blowing up (blowing up)
The last thing on her mind is growing up (growing up)
She’ll kiss the sky before she’s giving up (giving up)
And oh, oh here she comes.

She’s dancing with the stars,
Living in the sky with diamonds.
She’s dancing with the stars,
And oh, how the lights are shining.
She has the key in her hand,
Reflection in the mirror’s her best friend
She’s dancing with the stars, the stars,
Keep dancing.

Gonna get you somehow,
You’re the talk of the town.
Losing control now,
And I hope you come back down.
And I hope you come down.

She’s dancing with the stars,
Living in the sky with diamonds.
She’s dancing with the stars,
And oh, how the lights are shining.
She has the key in her hand,
Reflection in the mirrors her only friend
She’s dancing with the stars, the stars,
Keep dancing.

She’s dancing with the stars,
Living in the sky with diamonds.
She’s dancing with the stars,
And oh, how the lights are shining.
She has the key in her hand,
Reflection in the mirrors her best friend
She’s dancing with the stars, the stars,
Keep dancing.

Credit: Image via Facebook.com/cobrastarship.

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