Paul is dead
|Some dare call it|
|What THEY don't want|
you to know!
So runs one of the more bizarre conspiracy theories that was once firmly believed in some odd (and smoky) corners.
The evidence for this claim is that various obscure messages on certain Beatles recordings are actually clues left by the band:
- When "Revolution 9" is played backwards the phrase "turn me on dead man" can be heard. Sort of.
- Listen carefully to the fadeout of "Strawberry Fields Forever" and you will hear John Lennon saying something that sounds like "I buried Paul."
- On the cover of Abbey Road, Paul is barefoot, singling him out. The real reason for this is allegedly because he was wearing sandals this day, but took them off because the heat burned his feet. Furthermore, in the background is a car with the registration LMW 281F - Paul would have been 28 IF he had lived. Another common myth is that the letters mean "Linda McCartney Weeps."
- 373 other "clues" can be found here. Caveat lector.
Why it's bollocks
So... an unknown lookalike has been writing songs with the same level of ability as Paul McCartney? Yeah, right. Um, also we can assume the DVLA (which registers all vehicles in the UK) are in on the conspiracy, as is the General Register Office, which records all British births, marriages and deaths. Sure.
Oh and "I buried Paul?" Listen on CD like everyone else has been doing for the last 25-odd years and you'll hear "Cranberry sauce" — the very thing for this turkey of a theory.
- See the larger version of the picture at left. McCartney was born in June 1942, and the album was released in September 1969, which is actually only 27 years.