Paul McCartney: 1942~1966?
We all know that Paul
isn't dead (or is he?), but when rumours and hoaxes get started, they spread
like wildfire! This is the story behind the hoax of Paul McCartney's
There are many different
versions of the story but all have to deal with a car crash. The
one that has been circulated the most is this... Paul got into
a car crash early one Wednesday morning at 5 o'clock ("Wednesday
morning at 5 o'clock as the day begins" - She's Leaving Home -
Sgt. Pepper ) while looking at a pretty meter maid ("Lovely Rita
Meter Maid" - Lovely Rita - Sgt. Pepper). He didn't notice that
the stop light had changed (He blew his mind out in a car...he
didn't notice that the lights had changed - A Day In The Life
- Sgt. Pepper) and got into a car crash. He was, supposedly, killed
immediately. In fact the impact was so fearsome, Paul's teeth
and hair got knocked out/off ("You were in a car crash and you
lost your hair" - Don't Pass Me By - The White Album).The accident
occurred so early that the Wednesday morning papers would have
been able to print an article about the crash but Brian Epstein
quickly covered it up ("Wednesday morning papers didn't come" - Lady Madonna - Released as a Single).
In the fall of 1969 a rumor spread that
Paul McCartney was dead, and that the Beatles conspired to cover
up his death by replacing Paul with a double. There are many clues
left throughout their albums... What do you think?
The legend says that
Paul McCartney was involved in a car crash, 'Wednesday morning
at five o'clock'. Newspaper articles
ran on October 22 and 23, 1969 in New York Newsday. He apparently
'didn't notice that the lights had changed,' He died from head
wounds so severe [He blew his mind out in a car] that his teeth
were knocked out, rendering dental records to identify the body
useless. This may explain why the public didn't know that Paul
had died for some three years and the Beatles were able to hide
his death. A Paul McCartney look-alike contest was held, but the
winner was never publicly announced. The winner, a man by the
name of William Campbell, was given plastic surgery to complete
the replication of Paul. Campbell [a.k.a. Billy Shears] was the
stand-in for Paul McCartney in all photos thereafter.
Evidence "proving" Paul is dead?
Hmmmm (tounge in cheek)
the cover of Yesterday And Today, "Paul" sits in a trunk. Turn it sideways, and he seems to be in a coffin.
the cover of Revolver, "Paul" is turned
to the side, as if he doesn't really fit in.
contains numerous references to death, such as in "She
Said She Said."
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. On the same cover, "Paul's bass is laid on flowers atop a coffin. "Paul" is also
holding a black musical instrument.
the inside of the cover, "Paul" wears
a black arm band with the letters OPD, which is a Canadian acronym
for Officially Pronounced Dead. [Actually the arm band says
OPP and it stands for Ontario Provincial Police]. On the back cover, "Paul's back is turned to the camera.
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.
"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.
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."
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.
Pass Me By" contains the
line, "You were in a car crash."
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."
picture also shows 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, which was covered up by
the Pepper mustache.
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...."
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."
the "Your Mother Should Know" sequence of the Magical Mystery
Tour movie, "Paul" wears a black carnation; the others wear red ones. ("Paul" has
explained that they ran out of red carnations.)
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.
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];
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).
the back cover, immediately after the words Abbey Road, a skull-like
drawing can be discerned.
In "Come Together", Lennon sings, "One and one and one is three." Three Beatles. What about Paul?
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