Paul is dead
Remember that one?
This is like the Mother-of-all-urban-legends.
The legend suggested that McCartney died in a traffic accident in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike double. (It was quite provident that the double was a bass player.)
Late in 1969, college students were claiming that evidence of McCartney’s death was found in Beatles song lyrics and artwork.
On September 17, 1969, the Drake University student newspaper published an article titled “Is Beatle Paul McCartney Dead?” The article described a rumour circulating on campus that Paul was dead. The rumour included numerous clues from recent Beatles albums, including the “turn me on, dead man” message heard when “Revolution 9” from the White Album is played backwards. (How much pot do you have to smoke before you start playing records backwards looking for hidden messages?)
The So-Called clues:
The couple of clues that I particularly like are:
Suggestion that the words spoken by McCartney’s band-mate John Lennon in the final section of the song “Strawberry Fields Forever” are “I buried Paul”. McCartney later revealed the words were actually “cranberry sauce.”
Oh, and the famous Abbey Road cover (shown above):
Symbolising a funeral procession, with “John, dressed in pure white, symbolises the preacher or heavenly body. Ringo, dressed in full black, symbolises the mourner. George, in scruffy denim jeans and shirt, symbolises the gravedigger and Paul, barefoot and out of step with other members of the band, symbolises the corpse.”
Maybe McCartney really is dead and the hoax/jokes has been on all of us.
I’m not laughing.