“I didn’t drop acid before writing the lyrics, as many people later assumed. And the lyrics weren’t about an acid trip. I may have smoked a joint that night, but that was it. Since birth, I’ve had achromatopsia – complete color blindness. If I had dropped acid, I would have been hallucinating in vivid black-and-white. I doubt that would have helped me or the song much. (John Kay, regarding “Magic Carpet Ride”)
(from Anatomy of a Song by Marc Myers)
8½*/10. The complete review is here.