Underdogs, if you didn’t know my all time favorite band is The Beatles. I’m a huge fan of Paul McCartney as well, which means that I haTve heard the old conspiracy theory. The theory is that Paul is dead and he was replaced by a look a like. There are many clues that make people come to this conclusion. If this is true, then the living Beatles and their company has been fooling the public for over 40 years! That is a pretty long time for a theory to remain alive, while Paul remains dead. Like a zombie, this rumor keeps coming back. Let’s take a look and see why some many people believe that Paul is dead.
First, let’s go over the facts. Paul McCartney was involved in a minor car accident in 1967. No one was hurt beyond some bumps and bruises, and some damages. No fatalities were ever reported, but somehow this turned from an accident into Paul being killed. There was a person who was from Iowa who wrote an article about he thought there were clues that Paul had been killed. A radio D.J. also added fuel to the fire by broadcasting his views and saying he there are many clues to show that Paul isn’t just dead, but has been replaced by a look alike! It may be hard to imagine now, but radio D.J’s had a lot of power back in the day. One of them saying something about a conspiracy would catch on like wild fire and it would be equated to something trending on Twitter today.
One of the clues people point to is the cover of the Beatles last studio album called, “Abbey Road.” John, Paul, George, and Ringo are simple walking across the street. This has become one of the most iconic musically and pop culture images ever. The only thing that is sort of strange is that Paul is not wearing any shoes.People claim this is symbolic of a funeral procession. There are also clues in the music itself. In the song, “Strawberry Fields Forever,” we can hear John saying something at the very end of the song that sounds very eerily like, “I buried Paul.” This was disproved as it was John really saying a nonsense term, “Cranberry Sauce.” Including in the “Sergeant Peppers” album is a picture of all the Beatles but only with Paul with his back turned away from the camera.
Other clues include the wreath of flowers on the cover of “Sergeant Peppers” which is in the shape of a bass guitar. Also, there are a few claims that if you play “Revolution Number 9” backwards, you hear John say, “I miss Paul.” The invention of the character Billy Shears is supposed to be the name of the person who replaced Paul. The biggest clue is that Ringo Starr himself did an interview in the past few years that admitted that Paul is dead and he was replaced. What a way to blow your mind! Didn’t you know that the lyric, “he blew his mind out in a car” from “A Day in the Life” refereed to Paul’s car accident? It’s a very terrible ordeal.
A piece of evidence that I keep hearing over and over again is that the truth is in the music. What people mean is that Paul’s music is no where near as amazing as what it was when he was with the Beatles. In fact, everything that he did in Wings, and his solo career are more bubble gum pop, and just not as steller and deep as some of the Beatles tracks. People also say that he doesn’t sound the same as he used to, meaning that Paul is dead and his replacement is just no where near as good.
All of this is laughable to me. I am a conspiracy theorist, but this one has always made me chuckle. Let’s break this down. There was an accident but it was not fatal for anyone. The Beatles crossing the street was the idea of the photographer. Paul was not wearing shoes for two very good reason. First, it was incredibly hot that day, and he was sweating. He tried to cool off by taking off his shoes. The second reason is that it was the Sixties. It was not unusual to see people walk around bare foot. This was just a moment caught in a photo. There are outtakes of this photo that didn’t make the cover which Paul had on shoes. As for Paul having his back towards the camera, that actually was an actor! There is a small bit of truth in this whole thing. Paul was booked for another project the day they were shooting the album art. They brought in a person who wore the same size as Paul to get the photo they needed. This is not abnormal even today.
The bass wreath was in honor of Stu Sheffiled who was a former member of the Beatles. He passed away in his twenties from head trauma due to a fight. They all worked with him, and this was a way to pay tribute to their friend. As far as what people have heard in songs, it is all up to interpretation. This was the Sixties, and people were experimenting with all sorts of things in the world of music. There are some things hidden in many songs. Th Beatles, as well as many other groups, experimented with backwards tracks and subliminal messages. This was meant for art, not for anything deep. Plus, these guys were on a lot of drugs. They may have been reciting their grocery list and people took it as a deep and meaningful message. The lyric about blowing his mind out in the car was a line written by John. The whole song is about his friend, a member of the royal family, who was killed in a car.
As far as Paul’s music being too pop, it always has been. I have read countless books on the Beatles where both John and even Paul joke about this very topic. Paul is excellent at writing an upbeat, catchy song. However, it may not have a lot of substance to it. That has been since he was writing songs. There is a reason why his songs are so well loved, because he appeals to a lot of people. He has never been a super deep writer, save for a few songs. However, he knows how to write a popular song. The man sounds different because he is older. However, I have seen him alive in concert and he is amazing! It was literally the best concert that I have ever seen in my life.
I don’t think there real substance here. This is a great story, and I think generations of people are having fun connecting the dots. However, Paul McCartney is alive and well, and we should enjoy him while we have him here. He is a living legend, not a zombie. Take a chance to see him if you ever get it, and listen to his music often. There is a reason his, and the Beatles music is the best in the world which inspired millions of people and artists.
What do you think, is Paul dead?