The White Album
This double album has still more evidence that Paul is dead. The picture on the inside shows Paul close up with a rather prominent scar on his lip. John signals that he knows what’s up in the song Glass Onion. “Here’s another clue for you all. The walrus was Paul.” He had to have had something to do with it and he is letting us know by referring back to songs with clues. He’s even said he wrote Glass Onion for people who read things into his songs such as saying Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds means LSD. Paul said in a 1997 interview that he and John had switched costumes for the cover photograph of Magical Mystery Tour and that is why he said the walrus was Paul in Glass Onion.
In While My Guitar Gently Weeps George is mourning Paul and you hear him moan “Paul, Paul, Paul.” The fabulous little song Why Don’t We Do It In the Road could be interpreted as a car reference. Don’t Pass Me By says, “You were in a car crash and you lost your hair” a gentler way to describe the severe head injury. There is also the little piece between I’m So Tired and Blackbird that says, “Paul is dead man miss him miss him.”
Revolution #9 is John once again messing with people trying to find secret meanings in his songs. Here he both dazzles them with brilliance and baffles them with bullshit. Paul is the only Beatle with nine letters in his last name so the song is about him. When you play it backwards the words number nine sound like “turn me on dead man.” I have actually heard this for myself. Here are some words taken from Revolution #9...
was low and his eye was high and his eyes were closed...
my fingers are broken and so is my hair, I’m not in the mood for
wearing clothing...maybe even dead.”
There is even the sound of a car crash in the song.
The poster, which was included with the white album, holds some clues also. There is a picture of William Campbell wearing glasses and having slicked back hair, a picture of Paul looking like a head floating in a bathtub and an eerie picture of him with what looks to be a skeleton arm reaching for him.
The Paul is Dead
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the black sandals in other shots from the
The back cover
also contains clues. The word Beatles has a crack through it. Next to it you
see a skull. A girl in a blue dress is walking by.
This refers back to Lovely Rita because meter maids wore blue uniforms. If you connect the dots on the wall next to the word Beatles it will read “3 Beatles”.
In Come Together there is a big clue. Flattop with juju eyeballs refers to Paul, known for his eyes. His top is flat because he has no head. John also sings, “one and one and one is three, got to be good-looking ‘cause he’s so hard to see.” There are only three Beatles now because the “cute one” is gone. This line was seen as a major clue.
Let It Be shows Paul against a blood red background. On Paul’s solo album, McCartney, the cover pictures an empty bowl of cherries. We all know the old saying, “life is a bowl of cherries.” The final clue is that Paul no longer possesses life. It has also been said that the real Paul McCartney would never have married Linda, especially after being engaged to the beautiful young Jane Asher. They say that Linda was William Campbell’s girlfriend so Jane got dumped.
Well there you
have it. This list of clues is by no means complete. I was also inventing my
own clues here and there, just for fun. Paul is not really dead. It was just a
great practical joke, a very successful marketing gimmick and a bit of a
mystery even to this day. No one has ever proved that the Beatles or anyone
close to them has ever had anything to do with it. My suspicion that John had
something to do with it is pure speculation based on clues and his creative
mind. He’s been known to crazy stuff like backwards messages and that type of
thing. It was a harmless prank and the fact that millions of records sold
because of it is an added bonus. The Beatles made great music. There are still
those who believe Paul is actually dead, citing things such as no fingerprints
have been released, and the professor’s voice studies. We all interpret things
in our own way based upon our individual experiences, beliefs and biases.
Unfortunately, there are some people who will believe anything you tell them,
see only what they want to see, and hear only what they want to hear.
Note from the Author: This article was originally penned around 2000 for my Rock and Roll History Class. In 2004 an article appeared in Goldmine by Beatle Author Bruce Spizer. Paul fessed up. Read all about it - here at Beatle-fans.com. (note the publication date on the article, April 1st - Bruce told me that it was an April Fools gag, but he fooled me good and gave permission to run the article on Beatle-fans.com.
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