Paul is dead?!? by jimk@iscuva.ISCS.COM (Jim Kendall)
jbh@hpcnoe.UUCP (Joel Hurmence) email@example.com (Jay Smith)
firstname.lastname@example.org (Jean Gerencer) comments and editing
by email@example.com (Charles McGrew) Thanks to
firstname.lastname@example.org Introduced and edited by saki
[email@example.com], 11 January 1993 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: Yesterday...and Today 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'
cover. Lyrics: Nowhere Man: "He's a real nowhere man.."
š"..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!] (movie) 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). Rubber Soul The Soul is in the shape
of a heart, indicating a "false soul" amongst them. The Beatles
are peering downwards (in/at a grave?!). Lyrics: 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.."
Revolver On the cover, Paul's name is sideways, as if it didn't
fit in with the other Beatles any more. Lyrics: 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. Lyrics: 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.] Lyrics: 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.." Yellow Submarine: 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."] Lyrics: 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) White Album 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. Lyrics: 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" album.] While My
Guitar Gently Weeps: George calls out to Paul at the end of the
song. [Could also just be generic moaning: "Oh, oh, oh..."] Don't
Pass me By: "...you were in a car crash... and you lost your
head" [lyric book says 'hair'.] Abbey Road This album cover was
the clincher. The front shows a funeral proces- sion 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). Lyrics: 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. Hey Jude
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
buried. Lyrics: 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, obviuosly
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" StoryIS PAUL DEAD? The list of "clues"...
Posted by Jay C. Smith 1/7/1988....
Okay, here it is again, from The Rolling Stone Book of Rock Lists, no less.
With my comments in brackets .
It's not complete, but it is concise...
25 PIECES OF EVIDENCE PROVING THAT PAUL McCARTNEY IS DEAD
1. On the cover of Yesterday...and Today, "Paul" sits in a trunk. Turn it
sideways, and he seems to be in a coffin.
2. On the cover of Revolver, "Paul" is turned to the side, as if he
doesn't really fit in.
3. Revolver contains numerous references to death, such as in "She Said
4. On the cover of Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band, a hand is held
directly over "Paul's" head. This is supposed to be a symbol of death.
5. On the same cover, "Paul's" bass is laid on flowers atop a coffin.
6. "Paul" is also holding a black musical instrument.
7. On the inside of the cover, "Paul" wears a black arm band with the
letters OPD, which is a Canadian acronym for Officially Pronounced
8. On the back cover, "Paul's" back is turned to the camera.
9. Also on the back cover, the lyrics "Without You" (part of the title
"Within You and Without You") bloom from "Paul's" head. [And George is
pointing at the lyrics "Wednesday morning at five o'clock"; the time of
Paul's death. -jcs]
10. "A Day in the Life" contains the line, "He blew his mind out in a car";
this is supposedly the manner in which Paul died.
11. On The White Album track "Revolution 9" there is a voice that repeats
"number nine, number nine." If you play this segment backward, it
becomes "turn me on, dead man." (John claimed that at the beginning of
each take, an engineer would announce, "This is EMI Recording Studio
Number 9." [I always heard that it was from "EMI Test Tape Number 9".
-jcs] Lennon said that he simply took the end of the phrase and
added it to the final mix. According to him, the "turn me on, dead
man" revelation was a coincidence.)
12. On Lennon's song "Glass Onion," he says, "And here's another clue for
you all/The Walrus was Paul." In some societies, the walrus is an
image of death, but this is most important as Lennon's acknowledgment
of the rumor.
13. Between the end of "I'm So Tired" and the beginning of "Black Bird,"
Lennon utters some nonsense syllables. Played backward, they say
(approximately), "Paul is dead, miss him, miss him."
14. While George is wailing away at the end of "While My Guitar Gently
Weeps," he seems to say, "Paul, Paul."
15. "Don't Pass Me By" contains the line, "You were in a car crash."
16. The poster included with The White Album contains many references to
McCartney's "death." For example, there is a picture of "Paul's" head
lying back in a bath; this resembles what he may have looked like after
the "the car crash."
17. The pictures also show a scar on "Paul's" lip, which supposedly had
never been there before. [The scar he got from a motorcycle (or
scooter?) accident in late '66, and which was covered up by the Pepper
18. At the end of "Strawberry Fields Forever," Lennon can be heard saying
what sounds very much like "I buried Paul." (Lennon claimed that the
Beatles would often say wild and crazy things while in the studio, and
that what he was really saying was "cranberry sauce.")
19. On the cover of Magical Mystery Tour, the words of the title are
written in stars. If you turn the album upside down, the letters
reveal a phone number that some say you could call to find out details
of Paul's death. A Midwest Beatles fan who phoned this number in
1969 says a gruff voice answered with "You're getting closer...."
20. Inside the booklet accompanying Magical Mystery Tour, there is a
picture of "Paul" sitting at a desk on which there is a sign that
reads, "I was you."
21. In the "Your Mother Should Know" sequence of the Magical Mystery Tour
movie, "Paul" wears a black carnation; the others wear white ones.
("Paul" has explained that they ran out of white carnations.)
22. At the end of the Magical Mystery Tour photo book, there is a picture
of The Beatles interspersed with shots of many other people. There is
a hand directly over "Paul's" head.
23. On the cover of Abbey Road, "Paul" is barefoot (corpses are said to
be buried without shoes) and out of step with the other Beatles. His eyes
appear to be closed. He is also smoking. The other Beatles wear
clothing contributing to the motif: John, all in white, is the
preacher; Ringo, all in black, is the pallbearer [or undertaker -jcs];
George, all in denim, is the gravedigger. There is also a Volkswagen
with the license number "28 IF," symbolizing that McCartney would have
been twenty-eight years old if he had lived. [But he would have been
27, so some people bring up the fact that some eastern religions count
the time you spent in the womb toward your age, making Paul 28 in 1969.
24. On the back cover, immediately after the words Abbey Road, a skull-like
drawing can be discerned.
25. In "Come Together," Lennon sings, "One and one and one is three."
Three Beatles. What about Paul?
NOTE: We have used quotation marks to distinguish between the real
Paul and the lookalike imposter who "replaced" him. -- Eds.
And if you've gotten this far, I trust you'll remember that all these
so-called clues are coincidental to reality. In other words, Paul is
alive and well...and all these clues have an equal and opposite
refutation. But if you've got nothing but time on your hands, it's
easy to seem to prove a point with random facts like these, isn't it?
Just don't take it too seriously....
saki (firstname.lastname@example.org)From: email@example.com
Subject: addition to beatles archive
Hi, here's a file of Paul is Dead clues that someone sent to me. I
removed some entries duplicated in the other files on the archive - is
there room for this one too?
"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
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
not). Amid the grave are yellow flowers shaped like a guitar. From
a distance, the flowers appear to spell out "P A U L ?".
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
doll wearing the Rolling Stones shirt.)
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
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
you, the letters in both the mirror and the album collectively spell
out "1 ONE 1 X= HE/DIE". The "/" points at Paul. One and one and one
is three? Paul has been crossed out?
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,
the beret of the diner nearest the camera appears to be the left eye
socket of a skull, which can be made out. This picture was
deliberately planted; it is the only photo in the book not from the
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?