|The "Paul is Dead" Story
In October 1969, a rumor spread across the U.S. and eventually around the world, that Paul McCartney was dead. The story was based on "clues" found on Beatle records and album sleeves, that Paul had actually been killed in a car accident in November, 1966. Researchers discovered a car accident, which happened around that time, involving two passengers, whose driver, a young male with dark hair, was disfigured beyond recognition. Then, in the winter of 1966, a "Paul look-a-like" contest was held by the group, and although thousands entered, no winner was ever announced. But a winner did emerge in William Campbell, a Scot, who was paid a exorbitant amount of money to play Paul, rather than bask in the obvious glory of being announced as the winner. Campbell was never heard from again, and so the story goes that the "stand-in" had been playing Paul since 1966 and that since then... the other Beatles had placed various clues onto Beatles records and sleeves, to break the news gently to their fans. The "clues" are of two kinds; those actually recorded on their records and those depicted on the album sleeves.
|"Paul is dead" clues compilation: (Compiled
by Ed Michalak, edited by Jonas Karlsso, March 1994)
The "Paul is dead" rumor was first reported on October 12, 1969, by disc jockey Russ Gibb, of WKNR-FM, Detroit. Russ had received a phone call beforehand, instructing him to listen to certain Beatles song passages, some backwards, and to look at certain album cover clues.
This document is a compilation of all the clues that I have read about in previous documents and books. It is an attempt to organize and present the most highly-regarded clues.
1. On the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely
Hearts Club Band, the word "Beatles" is spelled out in flowers on a grave
(notice that the wax dummys of George, Ringo and Paul are looking at the
grave, John is
2. On the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely
Hearts Club Band, it appears that the small doll in the green dress is
looking at a toy car plummeting in flames. (Also note the small toy car
on the lap of the
3. On the back cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, Paul's back is turned to the camera, again signifying that he does not fit in.
4. On the back cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, George is pointing at the lyrics "Wednesday morning at five o'clock", the supposed time of Paul's death. (Other note: Each Beatle is making a letter for the word "love". Notice George's "L" made with the thumb, John's "V" made with the hands folded into his pants, and Ringo's "E" made by folding one hand into the other. Only Paul does not "make" a letter. He is the hole where the "O" should be.
5. If you hold a mirror horizontally
across the words " LONELY HEARTS" on the bass drum on the cover of Sgt.
Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, with the reflective part of the mirror
pointing away from
6. The words "dying to take you away" are sung in the song "Magical Mystery Tour".
7. Inside the booklet accompanying Magical Mystery Tour, "I Am The Walrus" is subtitled, "No you're not, said Little Nicola". Apparently the walrus (in some cultures, a symbol of death) is somebody else (which is stated later in this document). The song itself fades to a death scene from Shakespeare's King Lear.
8. Inside the booklet accompanying
Magical Mystery Tour, there is a picture, using a wide-angle lens, showing
people/Beatles dining. If you turn the picture 90 degrees to the right
and stare at a distance,
9. Inside the booklet accompanying Magical Mystery Tour, on the picture showing the Beatles playing, Ringo's bass drum has a small "3" on it. Only 3 Beatles?
10. In the song Glass Onion they say "here's another clue for you all, the walrus was Paul" again with the Norse belief of the walrus being a sign of death. Also talking about Paul in the past tense.
11. If you play the voice that repeats Number 9, Number 9 in "Revolution
9" backwards, the voice
12. The front cover of Abbey Road shows Paul out of step with the others, the license plate on the V.W. has 28IF meaning Paul would have been 28 if he had lived, Paul is the only one not wearing shoes (Europeans used to bury their dead without them) John is dressed to give a eulogy, Ringo the pallbearer (nice little pun huh?) and George the gravedigger.
12. On the back of Abbey Road the Beatles is spray painted on a brick wall, but there is a crack running through their name (signifying that the original four have been split).
13. At the end of Strawberry Fields Forever, John says "I buried Paul"(it's mixed in with the little interlude at the very end) when questioned about the statement John said" I said cranberry sauce".
For over twenty years the Paul Death Hoax has intrigued the masses of Beatles fans and fanatics alike. While it's impossible to
point to an absolute point of origination, there is no evidence whatsoever that the Beatles themselves had anything to do with its
genesis, although many claim that the Beatles intended it to be a joke on their fans. But the clues, which seem so cleverly
arranged, are random coincidences or inaccurate interpretations of existing facts (to wit: John does *not* say "I buried Paul" at
the end of "Strawberry Fields Forever", he said by his own admission "cranberry sauce"...etc.) And all Beatles have denied that
they were involved in any way with the hoax, John's denial being particularly fervent.
Recently several indications point more forcefully to an origination
of the hoax in the American midwest, more specifically,
Northern Illinois University. It may have been a college prank in late summer 1969, but evidence suggests that the "Northern
Star" campus newspaper carried a list of clues (possibly based on a work by Fred LaBour, mentioned as the student who first
explored the hoax in a class paper), which were shortly followed up by disc-jockey Russell Gibb of Detroit radio station
WKNR-FM. A regular r.m.b. reader, who was not only a friend of Russ Gibb but was present in-studio the afternoon of the
famous incident, recalls an "underground newspaper" (it may have been the college paper "Northern Star" or another
publication) with a list of "Paul Is Dead" clues; Gibb and his cohorts were sufficiently inspired to read them on the air and to
improvise new ones on the spot.
Gibb & Co. were astonished when local newspapers and reporters took
their on-air joke seriously and spread the tale more
widely. Some clues which have become part of established folklore, our reader reports, were invented that obscure day at
WKNR-FM, but have since been accepted as part of the original hoax. Gibb and friends were not the source of the hoax, he
emphasizes, but played a part in its initial dissemination.
By October 1969 the hoax was well entrenched, and even McCartney was
forced to come out of seclusion at his Scottish farm
to deny its veracity. Still, this gesture did little to dispel the growing mythologizing of Paul's "death", and over the years the hoax
has taken on aspects of a bizarre, morbid parlor game, with new adherents convinced that the Beatles created their music
already imbued with secret elements indended for the clever capabilities of tenacious trivia-buffs.
Popular Culture Ink., a publishing firm which deals with Beatles books,
announced late in 1992 that they will bring out a book
(set tentatively for release in 1993) detailing the history and clues of the hoax. This may be of some interest to all.
The way we (the collective r.m.b) understood it back then was, PM got into this car wreck early one Wednesday (Nov 2,
1966?) morning at 5 am whilst looking at a pretty "meter maid", not seeing the changing traffic lights. He wasn't killed outright,
but his car caught fire, a crowd of people stood around, and then he died from head wounds (he lost his teeth and hair). The
morning paper came out with an article but was then censored, recalled. Enter William Campbell and Sgt. Pepper's lonely
hearts club band.
It all started in October of *1969*....Paul McCartney was dead, or so
it was rumored. The story started when a capricious
student wrote his term paper on the subject (possibly U. of Michigan, Ann Arbor; it has also been reported that a U. of Illinois
school newspaper reported the same information as early as August 1969, not necessarily from a term paper). Well, the college
paper was duly impressed and promptly repinted it in their tabloid. From there, WKNR radio in Detriot picked up the story and
their program coordinator, Russ Gibb, broadcast it to the rest of the unsuspecting world.
The story was based on "clues" from record sleeves, songs, etc. that
"proved" Paul had been killed in a car crash in November
*1966*. Researchers "discovered" that a crash had occured around that time which involved a young dark haired male who
was disfigured beyond recognition. Then the Beatles, in the winter of 1966, held a "Paul look alike" contest but no winner was
ever announced. BUT - there was a winner....his name was William [one person said Richard] Campbell, and he was paid a
considerable amount of money to play along with the facade - he was to be the NEW Paul. He supposedly looked enough like
PM to sit in with the other Beatles for photographs, sometimes even fooling the photographers. Strangely, nothing was ever
heard of William Campbell again. His picture is included on the poster that came with the White album in the lower right-hand
corner. Looks like Paul with glasses, mustache, and combed back hair. William Campbell has this faint scar on his upper lip,
PM doesn't (though Paul---the real one---got the scar from his motorcycle accident in 1966.)
Since that day, the Beatles supposedly started putting clues on their
album sleeves and even in their music so that their poor fans
would find them and thus the shock of Paul's untimely death would be assuaged.
Or so the story goes---and do remember it *is* just a story.
Some of the clues:
Paul looks like he's in a coffin in the cover shot. "Yesterday and Today"
was released in mid 1966 (supposedly just prior to
Pauls demise) with the famous "Butcher Cover". As we all know, these albums were recalled just after they were released (rigth
after Paul died) and 'pasted over' with the now familiar 'Trunk Cover'. This was done not because the buying public was
outraged at the original "Butcher" cover (as was 'officially' announced by Capitol) but because the cover too closely depicted
the carnage that occured in that deadly 'car crash' and the Beatles themselves demanded that Capitol remove it from the market.
Capitol, being the understanding souls that they are, immediately recalled all of the albums and promptly started destroying
them. Then the Beatles, in their anguish, quite suddenly came up with startling realization as well as a brilliant idea. They realized
that without Paul they were dead as a group and from that came the brilliant idea of the 'fake Paul' contest winner and the
'cover-up' clues in their music and on their album covers. Then George had a sickening thought. In his minds eye he saw all of
those 'Butcher Albums' going up in the flames of the Capitol records furnaces. He thought "What could be a better clue than to
hide Paul's death symbolically by 'covering up' the 'Butcher' picture?" With that he rushed to the phone, called Capitol records
and ordered them to stop the burning and to re-cover the remaining albums with the new 'Trunk' cover.
This is the alleged reason "Beatlegate" started and the real reason
for the 'Butcher" album cover-up.
Butcher album Clues:
The title "Yesterday and Today" symbolizes the controversy that was
to start "Yesterday" and still be un-resolved even "Today".
All of the doll parts are resting on Paul except the one doll head that
George is holding up. [ Actually, both dolls' bodies are
resting on two Beatles - one on John/Paul, the other on Ringo/Paul.]. This is two clues in one -
•George was the 'head' of the plot (it was his idea). •The doll head is right next to Pauls head symbolizing his de-capitation.
The false teeth on Paul's right forearm indicate that his teeth were
knocked out in the crash and dental identification was
impossible thus leading to the 'young white male - disfigured beyond recognition' article that researchers located. [Though of
course no one has ever actually located such an article!]
And, of course, the previously mentioned symbolic 'coffin' on the 'Trunk'
Nowhere Man: "He's a real nowhere man.." "..doesn't have a point of
view, knows not where he's going to.." "..you don't know
what you're missing, nowhere man can you see me at all?.."
Dr. Robert: "..you're a new and better man.." "..he does everything
he can, Dr. Robert.." (William is the new man. Nothing Dr.
Robert can do will bring Paul back)
Yesterday: .."oh I believe in yesterday, suddenly, I'm not half the
man I used to be, there's a shadow hanging over me.
Yesterday came suddenly.."
And Your Bird Can Sing: "..you can't see me, you can't see me.." "..you can't hear me, you can't hear me.."
[Of course this album should have been recorded with the 'real' Paul,
so lyrical clues in this album are bogus.]
(movie) Hard Day's Night:
aerial sequence of the "Can't Buy Me Love" romp, director Richard Lester
runs around instead of Paul. Also, there was a major
scene between Paul and an actress cut from the movie (presumably Paul was unavailable). [Of course, HDN was filmed in
1964, so Paul must have died even eariler!] [If you look carefully at the Field Scene, Paul is there in every shot with the others,
except the last one where George says "Sorry we hurt your field, Mister." Paul was reportedly hung over and couldn't face the
camera for that shot. Also, is you've ever read the screenplay for AHDN, you'll know why the "Shakespeare" sequence was
omitted---it was horribly written!]
There was a third movie in the works for the Beatles in late 1966 after
HDN and Help, but it was canceled when Paul died and
Billy Campbell was unready to appear before the searching eye of the camera. John spent the time appearing in Richard
Lester's "How I Won the War", while 'Paul' composed music for the film "The Family Way" (performed by George Martin and
a BBC orchestra).
The Soul is in the shape of a heart, indicating a "false soul" amongst
them. The Beatles are peering downwards (in/at a grave?!).
I've Just Seen A Face: "..had it been another day I might've looked the other way, and I'd have never been aware.."
Girl: "..that a man must break his back to earn his day of leisure/will she still believe it when he's dead.."
I'm Looking through You: "..I'm looking through you, where did you go?
I thought I knew you, what did I know. You don't
look different but you have changed, I'm looking through you, you're not the same.." "..your lips are moving I can not hear, you
don't sound different I've learned the game.." "..you were above me but not today, the only difference is you're down there.."
[Paul actually wrote this about a fight he had with Jane Asher.]
In My Life: "..all these places have their moments ... some are dead
and some are living, in my life I love you more.."
On the cover, Paul's name is sideways, as if it didn't fit in with the other Beatles any more.
Taxman: "..if you drive a car Paul.." "..if you get too cold Paul.."
"..my advice to those who die, taxman!" (see your taxidermist)
[Actually the lyric is: "If you drive a car...*ohhhhh*"...but why be accurate when you're trying to amass clues? :-) ]
Eleanor Rigby: "..father McKenzie (McCartney?) writing the words of
a sermon that no one will hear.." "..was buried.." "..father
McKenzie wiping the dirt from his hands as he walks from the grave, no one was saved.." [Paul has said he originally wrote it as
"Father McCartney" but thought his dad Jim Mac would be embarrassed or offended.]
Yellow Submarine: "..in the land of submarines.." "..sky of blue, sea
of green in our yellow submarines.." (nice term for a casket
that's underneath a sea of green grass)
She Said She Said: "..she said I know what it's like to be dead.."
For No One: "..she says her love is dead.." "..she says that long ago she knew someone but now he's gone.."
Got To Get You Into My Life: "..I was alone I took a ride I didn't know
what I would find there.." "..and then suddenly I see
you.." (lovely Rita meter maid) [This is stretching it!]
Tommorow Never Knows: "..laid down all thoughts surrendered to the void.."
"..Paul played the game existence to the end.."
[Of course it's: "*All* play the game...."]
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
The Sgt. Pepper cover depicts a funeral for "The Beatles" (written in
flowers over the grave). There is also a bass guitar made
up of flowers. Closer inspection of this "bass guitar" shows that the flowers that make it up actually spell "PAUL?" indicating his
questioned existance. [ Everyone involved with the cover swears that the guitar idea was a spur-of-the-moment thing by the
florist Apple hired to arrange the flowers, and that its just a guitar.] There are three strings on the guitar, to symbolize the three
remaining 'real' beatles. There is also a raised hand behind Paul's head which is the Indian sign for death as well as the four
armed "Shiva" in the lower portion of the photo who is pointing its left back hand at Paul. A doll sits off to the side (Jane
Asher?!) with red lines (blood) running down her dress. A small car sits on her lap, a model of the car PM was driving. Paul has
his back to the camera on the back of the album as well as wearing a patch that reads "OPD" (officially pronounced dead in
Canada) on his left arm in the center spread. Hmm, looks like William Campbell again! He always sports a mustache or slight
beard. On the back cover George is pointing at the lyric "Wednesday morning at five o'clock", indicating the time of Paul's
death. Paul's head just touches the title of "Within you *Without you" George is pointing a "sixth" finger at him, a sign of
ill-omen. If you read across the back cover, from left to right, you can find all sorts of clues. Starting with "Somebody calls you,
you answer quite slowly" (from Lucy), continue reading across "Wednesday Morning at five o'clock as the day begins", "life
flows on within you and without you", "you're on your own you're in the street". One last note, the paper sleeve that held the
vinyl record looked like it had been standing in, soaking up blood! At the bottom it's bright red but then fades into a light pink at
the top. Subsequent releases of this album did not have the red-faded-into-pink color scheme on the inner sleeve.
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band: "..so let me introduce to you
the one and only Billy Shears and Sgt. Pepper's lonely
heart's club band.." (Sgt. Pepper's Band is actually an idea taken from history (somewhere) where a man was able to take the
place of another man without anyone catching on) [This is not attested in the Beatles literature *at all*]
Fixing A Hole: "..and it really doesn't matter if I'm wrong I'm right
where I belong. See the Beatles standing there, they
disagree.." "..silly Beatle run around.." (William is adjusting to his new role as PM) [Except it's "Silly *people*..."]
She's Leaving Home: "..Wednesday morning at five o'clock as the day begins.." (the time of the supposedly fatal accident)
Lovely Rita: "..standing by a parking meter when I caught a glimpse
of Rita.." (he took his eyes off the road!) [But doesn't the
syntax indicate that *Paul* was doing the standing too? Neat trick to drive and stand on the street at the same time!]
Good Morning, good Morning: "..nothing to do to save his life.." "..and
you're on your own you're in the street.." "..people
running around it's 5 o'clock.." "..watching the skirts you start to flirt, now you're in gear.."
A Day In The Life: "..I saw the photograph. He blew his mind out in
a car, he didn't notice that the lights had changed. A crowd
of people stood and stared they'd seen his face before, nobody was really sure if he was from the house of Paul.." [The album
lyrics say 'House of Lords']
Inner Groove - on side 2, on the British release, an infinitely-repeating
groove (i.e. the needle never went to the inside of the
record) contains gibberish that, played backwards, said "Will Paul come back as Superman?" (or alternately, "We'll fuck you
like Supermen!") [Or maybe it's just somebody's wild idea that it says that. :-) ]
Magical Mystery Tour
Paul is dressed as a [black] "Walrus" on the MMT album which, according
to the Lewis Carroll story, ate oysters and died; the
walrus is a sign of death in certain cultures [In the booklet, John says he is the walrus, but little Nicola says, "no you're not". On
Page 5, a group shot shows the Walrus at the piano, which in other shots is John ]. Inside the album on page three of the
booklet, Paul is shown sitting behind a desk with placard [closer examination shows its a bumper sticker] in front of him that
reads "I WAS" [or "I You Was", or "I was you", depending on how you read it]. Also looks like Campbell again, you can see
the scar on his lip here. Page 15 has a cartoon of Paul playing with a car on his desk. On page 18 and on the last page of the
booklet there's that open palm again above PM's head. Paul is shown in several of the shots without any shoes on [but wearing
socks, which is why its not so noticable] and in one picture it actually looks like there is blood on his shoes (Page 13 - he's not
wearing them in the picture - they are sitting off to the side). There are several shots of him with a raised hand behind his head.
Towards the end of the booklet, Paul can be seen wearing a black carnation while the other Beatles are wearing red ones. [Like
most of the pictures from this booklet, it comes from the movie - the "Your Mother Should Know" production number. Paul
later explained this was due to a shortage of red carnations, and Paul had to take a black one because that's all they had.] John
sings [says] "I buried Paul" on "Strawberry Fields Forever". The phrase 'I buried Paul' occurs at the end of Strawberry Fields
Forever. It appears to have been slowed down, but it is quite clear. I believe that when asked about this line John at one time
said the words were "cranberry sauce". [ If it is, there's a distinct pause between the first two sylables: "cran-berry sauce".]
Another counter-claim is that John says "I'm very bored". [Subsequent working versions available on Ultra Rare Tracks and the
like make it *very clear* that the words are "cranberry sauce."] The word "Beatles" when held to a mirror is actually a phone
number! The number is: 2317438. When my friends and I called this number way back then, we'd get this strange, cryptic
message "You're getting closer.." and then the call would cut off abruptly. Others claimed it was Billy "Shears" Campbell's
phone number. [These tales are apocryphal.]
Fool On The Hill: "..day after day, alone on a hill, the man with the
foolish grin is perfectly still.." "..but nobody ever hears him
and the sound he appears to make.." [In the booklet on page 9, theres a cartoon of Paul labeled 'The Fool on the Hill', where
the last bit of 'hill' runs down the side Paul's head.]
I Am The Walrus: (no you're not! Said little Nicola.) "..I am the eggman,
they are the eggmen, I am the walrus.." (eggmen
represent "life", walrus represents death. Since PM is the walrus the meaning implied is that I have life, they have life, I am dead)
"..bury me, bury me.." "..bury my body.." "..Paul you're darn near death!.." (yes, these last ones are debateable!)
Hello Goodbye: "..you say goodbye, I say hello.." (exit PM, enter WC)
Strawberry Fields Forever: "..I buried Paul.." (this infamous ending line by JL) [Except it's really "cran-berry sauce..."]
All You Need Is Love: "..No one you can save that can't be saved.."
"..nothing you can see that isn't shown.." "..yes he's dead.."
"..we loved you yeah, yeah, yeah.."
John shouts various naval orders on the song "Yellow Submarine" which
includes the line "Paul's a queer". This is an attempt by
John to turn Paul's fans against him so that his death wouldn't be taken so hard. Paul appears with a raised hand behind his head
on the cover (the cartoon Paul, that is). The yellow submarine is pictured beneath the land, very stationary.
The movie has a couple of clues, one happens during the song "All You
Need Is Love" when John sings "..yes he's dead.." the
word "know" on the screen changes into the word "now" at the same moment. [Debatable...sounds more like "Yes it is."]
Only A Northern Song: "..when you're listening late at night you may
think the band is not quite right.." "..you may think the
band's a little dark and out of key, you're correct, there's nobody there.." ['Northern' was the Beatles publishing company.]
Hey Bulldog: "..you think you know me but you haven't got a clue.."
Yellow Submarine: (see Revolver)
All You Need Is Love: (see Magical Mystery Tour)
When "Revolution #9" is played backwards, the "number 9...number 9 ...number
9" at the beginning translates to "turn me on,
dead man.. ..turn me on, dead man" (BTW - try this out, it really does say this). [Yes, it does *seem* to say that.] And I've
heard that the whole track can be interpreted as the story of Paul's auto accident and his later death in a hospital.
At the end of the "I'm So Tired" track, a bunch of seemingly meaningless
syllables are uttered. When you do the 'ol classic
backwards playback, you hear "Paul is dead now, miss him, miss him." BTW, National Lampoon did a great audio spoof on all
this 'Paul is dead' stuff on an album called National Lampoon Radio Dinner. You hard core Beatle fans will enjoy it. [In it, Paul
sings "Give Ireland Back to the Irish", interrupted by gunfire and explosions at various points through the album. After the last
time, the announcer says, "the preceeding was performed by the late Paul McCartney", followed by 'Paul' saying "I'm dead".] In
the fold-out poster from the album, there's a picture of a Paul-looking-fellow wearing a mustache and glasses - this is supposed
to be William Campbell. There's a shot of someone floating in a bathtub, only his face is visible (no hair showing). This might be
representing Paul after the crash, but to me, it looks like John. Pictures of Paul show a scar on his upper lip that hadn't been
seen before (i.e. only appearing on Billy) - alternatively, it was from a (non-fatal) motorcycle or scooter accident Paul had in late
1966, and hadn't been seen before due to Paul's Sgt. Pepper-era mustache.
Glass Onion: "..I told you about Strawberry Fields.." "..well here's
another place you can go.." "..to see how the other half live,
looking through a glass onion.." "..I told you about the walrus and me.." "..well here's another clue for you all, the walrus WAS
Paul.." "..I told you about the fool on the hill.." "..listen to me, fixing a hole in the ocean.." "..looking through a glass onion.." (a
glass onion is a term used for a coffin with a glass panel over the top so you can see in) [Again unsubstantiated...but we're
obligated to pass on all the clues, no matter how silly.]
I'm So Tired: "..Paul's dead man, miss him miss him.." (what you hear
when you play the very end of the song and the beginning
of "Black Bird" backwards)
Mother Nature's Son: "..find me in my field of grass, Mother Nature's son.."
Revolution #9:"..his voice was low and his eye was high and his eyes
were closed.." "..Paul died.." "..my fingers are broken and
so is my hair, I'm not in the mood for wearing clothing.." "..maybe even dead.." "..you become naked.." (these are heard playing
the song forward amongst other things, the droning "number 9". McCartney has 9 letters in it) "..get me out, get me out!.." "..turn
me on dead man, turn me on dead man.." (these are heard playing the song backwards, there is a nasty car crash which catches
fire, that's when you hear Paul screaming "get me out! get me out!". Curiously, the forward droning words "number 9, number
9" actually are the words "turn me on dead man" backwards) [ Other sources say that Revolution 9 was the work of John and
Yoko, and that the whole song was Yoko's idea, an extension of her brand of art. John claimed the the engineer from EMI
would say at the beginning of each take of a song, "This EMI Recording Studio Number 9" (or perhaps "EMI Test Tape
Number 9", and John liked the sound of it and added it in. "Turn me on, dead man" was a mere coincidence, according to him,
but John had experimented with backwards singing before, as in "Rain" - June 1966 - available on the Parlophone "Rarities"
While My Guitar Gently Weeps: George calls out to Paul at the end of
the song. [Could also just be generic moaning: "Oh, oh,
Don't Pass me By: "...you were in a car crash... and you lost your head"
[lyric book says 'hair'.]
This album cover was the clincher. The front shows a funeral procession
and depicts John as the preacher (in white), Ringo as
the mourner (in black), George as the gravedigger (in work clothes) with Paul as the deceased. Paul is in bare feet, is out of step
with the others, has his eyes closed, and is the only one shown smoking (a sure sign of death :-), holding a cigarette in his right
hand when he is a left hander. The VW license says "28 IF" (Paul's age, had he lived. [Actually, he'd be 27 at the time of the
cover, but this is covered by pointing out that in many Indian religions, one is considered 1 year old at the date of birth, and so
he would in fact have been "28 IF"] ). On the back, a crack runs through "The Beatles" indicating a split in the group, and a
glimpse of a woman (Rita?!) can be seen walking by. [Of course, this could symbolize the imminent breakup of the group.]
There are three holes of very similar shape beneath the word "Beatles", signifying that there are really only three 'real' Beatles.
To the left of the word, there is a curious pattern of circles cut in the stone - 4 are grouped together, but one is a different color
(Billy), and one circle is the same color as three of the 4, but separate (Paul).
Come Together: "..he say I know you, you know me.." "he got early warning.."
"..he say one and one and one is three. Got to
be good looking cause he's so hard to see.." (only 3 remaining Beatles). "here come old flattop" (no hair) "He got Joo-Joo
eyeballs" (replaced by the undertaker) "... he one holy roller..." (in heaven) "... he got hair down below his knees..." (hair
growing after death)
You Never Give Me Your Money: "..one, two, three, four, five, six, seven, all good children go to heaven.."
The song "You Know My Name, Look Up The Number" was released on the
flipside of "Let It Be" (45 rpm). This strange
song has a cuckoo clock that "cuckoos" 5 quick times just before another phone number is read off. This number gave us the
"Beware of Abbey Road" message each time we called.
The picture above the Beatles on top of the doorway they are standing
in front of is a picture of where Paul is supposed to be
Lady Madonna: "..Wednesday morning papers didn't come.." (they were recalled, remember?)
Revolution: "..don't you know it's gonna be -all right, Paul died, all
right.." (a couple of those "all rights" sound just like "Paul
died", also a background vocal occasionally dubs in Paul died)
None of the above is intended to be true or accurate since Paul is, obviously alive and well in Scotland or Tucson or
somewhere. It's entirely for your amusement, if you like these sorts of grim statistics. Be aware, too, that there is no evidence to
prove that the Beatles "played along" with the "clues." They were near breakup at the time the "clues" became an issue and
would have had (believe me) *no* interest in having a little joke of this kind.
What this exercise shows best is that it's relatively easy to "prove"
a series of unrelated facts are hallmarks of hidden wisdom.
It's just as easy to put together a set of clues proving that none of the Beatles ever sang a note, or were impersonated by the
royal family, or predicted the end of the world on July 22, 1990. All it takes is a little imaginative game-playing.
Oh yeah, almost forgot. The song "I'll Follow The Sun" has some hints
of what was to come when Paul sings: "..someday, you'll
look to see I've gone.." [But Paul wrote this in 1960! Is *that* how far back this nonsense goes? :-) ]
See also The "Paul is dead" Story.