Abbey Road (The Beatles) Easter Egg - Paul Is Quite Dead

This cover is chock full of "Paul is dead" goodies. For those of you who haven't heard about this rumor, here's an abridged version.
After a Fab Four studio session that went badly, Paul got PO'd and sped away in his car. Cruising down the road, Paul saw a sweet looking meter maid (Lovely Rita). Unfortunately, he didn't see an on-coming car, so he crashed and was decapitated.
The other Beatles buried Paul and got a look-alike (Billy Shears) to take his place. They evidently felt kinda bad about it so they left clues in almost all of their albums. Anyway, here's Abbey Road:
1. Look at the license plate on the white car in the background. The numbers say "28IF". Paul would have been 28 IF he had survived from the car crash! Get it?
2. Crossing the road, John is dressed like a priest, Ringo: a paul bearer, the Paul-lookalike: a dead guy, and George: a grave digger
3. The fake Paul has a cig in his right hand. Everybody knows that the REAL Paul was left handed.
4. "Paul" isn't wearing shoes, a symbol of death in Greece.
5. "Paul" looks like he has a big crack in his head, symbolizing the car crash.
On the back....
6. You see a woman walking away. That's Lovely Rita the meter maid that distracted Paul.
7. Connect the dots to the left of the "The Beatles" sign. It makes "3" symbolizing the number of remaining Beatles.
8. To the right of the Beatles sign, there is a light/shadow figure that looks like a skull.
9. There is a crack in the wall through "The Beatles" sign symbolizing the breakup of the group.
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Funk writes:
"This cover is chock full of "Paul is dead" goodies. For those of you who haven't heard about this rumor, here's an abridged version. After a Fab Four studio session that went badly, Paul got PO'd and sped away in his car. Cruising down the road, Paul saw a sweet looking meter maid (Lovely Rita). Unfortunately, he didn't see an on-coming car, so he crashed and was decapitated." Uhm, so how did they write the song is Paul was dead? Get out a ouija board and ask him why he crashed? Honestly... "The other Beatles buried Paul and got a look-alike (Billy Shears) to take his place. They evidently felt kinda bad about it so they left clues in almost all of their albums." Woah, woah - so they feel bad that their friend and fellow artist dies, then they hide his body, cover up his death, get someone else to spend the rest of his life playing him and then play games by leaving hints in the backgrounds of their following albums? What friends they are! "1. Look at the license plate on the white car in the background. The numbers say "28IF". Paul would have been 28 IF he had survived from the car crash! Get it?" Uh-huh. Or a million other things; twenty eight imbecile fanatics, referring to the amount of fans who take this kind of thing seriously. "2. Crossing the road, John is dressed like a priest, Ringo: a paul bearer, the Paul-lookalike: a dead guy, and George: a grave digger" John: What kind of a priest wears all white? Maybe if you'd said Jesus it'd be more convincing. Especially if you were referring to them saying that they're bigger than god... Ringo: Pallbearer? With a red tie? If he'd have been wearing a top hat, maybe I'd have agreed... Paul: A dead guy... on account of his bear feet I presume? Oh, yeah, I'M convinced. George: How many grave-diggers wear all-denim? Surely they wear overalls or something? "3. The fake Paul has a cig in his right hand. Everybody knows that the REAL Paul was left handed." Only for playing the guitar. This happens to many people. 4. "Paul" isn't wearing shoes, a symbol of death in Greece." And cowboys were supposed to be buried with their boots on, so surely it's an affirmation of his life? See how bringing up obscure and unrelated traditions can work both ways? 5. "Paul" looks like he has a big crack in his head, symbolizing the car crash." It's a strand of hair. Come on, are they really going to hire a makeup artist to recreate their friend's mutilated head? "6. You see a woman walking away. That's Lovely Rita the meter maid that distracted Paul." I can't see any woman walking away from them. There's a man in a suit on the right-hand side, and a group of people on the left, but no woman. Just onlookers. "7. Connect the dots to the left of the "The Beatles" sign. It makes "3" symbolizing the number of remaining Beatles." It also makes a spaceship, a sideways house and an envelope. You can join the dots whichever way you want... "8. To the right of the Beatles sign, there is a light/shadow figure that looks like a skull." Ever hear of a Rorchach test? You look at an ink blob and say what it looks like. The blob isn't intended to look like anything in particular; it's all up to the interpretation of the viewer. That's what's happening here.... I myself can see a mime. "9. There is a crack in the wall through "The Beatles" sign symbolizing the breakup of the group." ...or it's just a stylistic thing to make it look weathered and worn. Y'know; one or the other.
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Duckie writes:
Billy Shears was NOT Paul's replacement (Paul is not dead). Billy Shears is Ringo's alter-ego from Pepperland (Yellow Submarine). Didn't you guys see the movie? In the Yellow Submarine each of the Beatles had an alter-ego, and Billy Shears was Ringo's. He has nothing to do with Paul.
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Beatlemaniac writes:
Check out McCartney's Paul is Live album. It has Paul and a sheepdog in the same spot as Abbey Road. Only this one has him alone and the VW licence tag is 51 IS, saying he is alive in 1993.
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Weeble writes:
If Paul was killed after seeing a traffic warden, how was anyone able to know. I mean he could hardly say "Yes, it was that woman over there that distracted me" when his head is a couple of feet away from the rest of him. DUH!
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It is pointless to argue over whether Paul is dead or not, he is obviously alive. Eggs are meant to be enjoyed for what they are. So enjoy the rumor and don't be such angry human beings. If someone here thinks Paul is dead, then let them believe it. It isn't hurting you at all, unless of course you're Paul...
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Julian writes:
This is a scrambled egg at best. Any Beatles fan worth his weight knows that Paul is pictured on the cover of 'Abbey Road. John Lennon has appeared in several photos wearing a white suit (he wears one in his 'Living on Borrowed Time' video...nothing out of the ordinary). Check out the Meysles brothers' footage (circa 1964) and you will see Paul holding a cigarette in his right hand. In fact, countless footage exists where Paul uses his right hand to smoke. The 'Paul is dead' myth was drummed up by pockets of fans. Album "clues" are wishful thinking at best. Sorry.
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IzLisa writes:
You know what?!?!? I just saw ELVIS!!!!
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Selif_X_42 writes:
Hey, those are some cool eggs to look for. Even though they're a bit unrealistic ("connect the dots", which could form just about anything), I had fun looking for them. This is my theory though: If these really are eggs (meaning the Beatles included them intentionally), I think they were just doing it for a laugh because, let's face it, eggs are really interesting and fun to look for. I definitely don't believe that Paul is dead. That's so absurd, I'm not even going to argue about it!
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darsk47 writes:
Never believed he was dead, but had fun with the clues. Couple others I've heard: LMW is Linda McCartney Widow (not weeps), the order of the songs on the album (which I don't have in front of me so apologies in advance) include Golden Slumbers, (death), Carry that Weight (pall-bearers) and The End . Also the crack in the wall on the cover is where Paul's car hit and broke his back, not a head injury. The song Maxwell's Silver Hammer is a reference to a British doctor Maxwell who was a pioneer in back surgery using a some procedure where a mallet was employed; Paul required the surgery after hitting the wall. Remember on the old vinyls when the groove ran out at the middle label? You could often see a serial number that appeared to be hand written (go check out any old record) apparently on the first release of Abbey Road, that serial number was actually a phone number to a fellow named William Shears who lived somewhere outside London. Also creepy fore-shadowing: on Magical Mystery Tour, there is a picture in front of a store-front where a sign says The best way to go is MD Charters...MDC...Mark David Chapman.
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BoMBeRPuNK writes:
task...you're all sticking the wrong key in the keyhole. whether or not Paul really died was NEVER the issue. we all KNOW he's carried on with solo projects after Lennon's death. the REAL issue is whether or not the Beatles really did put all these clues together to come up with such a conspiracy. I've done a presentation in one of my classes on this topic and did a lot of research. I found an article where John Lennon states that the band knew NOTHING about the "Paul is Dead" drama, but that only makes us wonder even MORE because there are just too many clues. Either that, or too many obsessive fans with too much free time. After all, that's how rumors start... By the way I received a 100 on my presentation. And people were in awe. This is one damn good "easter egg" ;)
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skarpathian writes:
Yes, Paul is not dead yet. He's feeling quite better, but is fun to rummage through all the "clues" as it were. On I particularly like is my favourite, "Revoution #9", even slower that Johns original. If you listen to the entire piece from beginning to end and grasp the different events and bulletpoint them in a little list, then play the entire piece backwards it falls into place as a map of events. The most dramatic event is in the middle (you must be paying attention or you will miss it) when there is a THUMP followed by the sound of a CROW BAR hitting the floor. It is very brief but if you hear it once you will never miss it again.
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To the person who claims that John is Paul due to information in "I am the Walrus" and "Glass Onion," I have been informed otherwise. In the book "A Hard Days Write" the origin of many Beatles songs is revealed. The story behind the meaning of "I am the Walrus" is very simple; there is no meaning. John thought that it was ludicrous that Beatles songs were being studied for meaning, so he wrote one that actually meant nothing just to confuse people. He strung together some nonsense songs he had been working on with some random names he had heard or read, the walrus being form "The Carpenter and the Walrus" by Lewis Carroll, one of John's favorite authors. In "Glass Onion" the phrase "the walrus was Paul" was added as a joke for all the people who thought Paul was dead. I guess it worked. Also before the Beatles became famous, there was another member. He quit thinking that the group was going nowhere. If the dots do form a five, this may be to what it refers.
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I can't believe how many people think this is a contest to prove Paul is still alive. Talk about missing the point. The whole "paul is dead" thing is the original Easter Egg. It goes far beyond the Abbey Road album (nicely documented here, by the way) bits of lyrics here, a tricky photo there, it's a classic and you aren't exactly Sherlock Holmes when you decide that you saw Paul on TV the other day so he must be alive. By the way, the old "28 IF" thing is dead, as well, Paul would have been 29 when the Abbey Road picture was taken. A cool addition to the Paul is dead saga is the two page photo in the middle of the booklet that came with the Magical Mystery Tour album. It's an odd black and white photo that doesn't appear in the movie that looks like the outline of a skull. Check it out.
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Nobody writes:
In the Magical Mystery Tour booklet, you can find a picture of Paul with a sign in front of him that says "I You Was" meaning he was once a living person. The reference as to how many holes it takes to fill the Albert Hall, is about number of teenage a**holes it takes to fill that concert hall for a rock concert.
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Rapunzel writes:
OK...with the Abbey Road cover...has anyone even thought of the idea that John is Jesus...because needless to say...preachers and/or priests wear black and not white.
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KristyGrl writes:
Okay, someones read the book 'The Walrus Was Paul' havent they? The book details all the hints through the albums, the movies the whole bit that hint at Sir Paul being dead. No, he wasnt actually dead, but yes the Beatles did try to throw in hints about it all the time. My favorite one is that if you put a mirror up to the middle of the drum kit on Sgt peppers cover it says (Ill get the date wrong) 119 he ^die (and the arrow points straight up at Paul :) Great book if that sort of thing interests you. I liked it :)
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jtmichaelson writes:
Sir Paul McCartney is 100% left-handed. Look in the album inner-sleeve to "Tug Of War" and you will see Paul writing the lyrics, reportedly, to "Here Today" (his tribute to John) and the pen, in fact, in very much in his left hand. The cigarette in his right hand is typical of most lefties, as myself. I do 90% everything with my left hand except catching, throwing and batting. Also I hold cigarettes with my right fingers, as did Paul. Silly, I know, but just a tidbit of fact to pass along about the great Sir Paul.
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skarpathian writes:
Adding to my original comment about #9~Paul is dead. When John is "singing" or rather loudly vocalizing "allright" (From the first "Revolution" on the album near the end of the song to the end). In #9 it starts out "allright" but eventually the "all" or beginning of the phrase, starts to fade away "eating" away the fisrt part of the phrase until it sounds vaguly like someone screaming out in pain or as a colleague once remarked "DIE!!!". Of course the addition of the sound of FLAMES kind of adds a liitle extra kick to the effect. If you have this LP or the CD listen to it with head phones a few times with your eyes closed. It's a wonderful but spooky piece if you figure in the Paul/Dead factor for fun. When you play the piece backwards (not listening for masking but just following the sequence of events in the piece)it sounds like he starts out at a ballgame and ends with George Martin consoling someone about Pauls death.
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Alicia writes:
I don't think that Paul is dead. I mean look at the facts, he's been married two since he supposedly died and isn't it illegal to marry a dead guy, let alone impersonate a dead guy long enough for yourself to get marry two and hve a couple kids. Plus, the whole Billy Shears thing was Ringo and always was Ringo. All of the things that are on the cover that may or may not lead to Paul's death could just either be figments of our imagination or not at all related to the death of Paul. The Beatles were good fuys they played on rumors, I would bet that they heard the rumors and decided to make people think they were true. It's the kind of the thing they would do. I'm not saying you're wrong I'm just saying I don't think you're entirely right.
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christal writes:
Billy Shears was Ringos alter-ego. At the end of the song "Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band" the Beatles sing "The singer's going to sing a sing, and he wants you all to sing along. So let me introduce to you The one and only Billy Shears And Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band." The next song is "A Little Help From My Friends," which Ringo sings. Originally the two songs were together as one song. Billy Shears is Ringo, and Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band is the Beatles
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In response to the Magical Mystery Tour message where in the window a sign says something about MD Charters. Well you said it means Mark David Chapman. MDC. Also if you think about it. Mark David Chapman Shot John Lennon with a Charter Arms (name of a gun company) pistol. Hence MD Charters. Pretty weird huh? Probably just a coincidence but I thought I would let you know.
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Sno\x/maN writes:
Not to agree with any of this Paul carp but hey Weeble, consider this. You're a hot little meter maid and you see Paul McCartney driving by checking you out. Suddenly he's just meat in a mangled heap of metal. That makes you a witness to an accident, and a hot one at that. Don't you think the other 3 Beatles would somehow find out what happened?
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sgtjoe writes:
Sgt Peppers also has several "clues" such as :Paul is the only one with a non-brass instrument; his armband says "OPD" which means "on arrival pronounced dead"; and my favorite is the bass drum- take a straight edged mirror and line it face up halfway through the drum. It says "he die" with an arrow pointing at paul. This was the greatest marketing poly of all times. Time magazine was leaking information slowly to boost declining record sales.
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The_nameless writes:
Ok, first of all the point of someone HIDING something is for people not to notice it or make it look inconspicuous. Of course people say the things look normal or could be other things and that's because they were meant to be hidden. Honestly there wouldn't be that many "coincidences" on one album cover if it wasn't meant to symbolize something. Also, why the hell would he not be wearing shoes if not to represent something? Seriously. think about it. I personally don't favor any one side. For all I know they could all represent a close friend dying or something but regardless, they aren't just there by accident.
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njbren1 writes:
It was a joke but the clues are real. Go to Magical Mystery tour, on the inside book look for the picture with the band playing that has Ringo's drum kit showing. It is red and has The Beatles scribbled on it. Take a small pocket mirror that you can position on the drum so as to read half on the photo and half in the mirror. In other words, stand the mirror upright on the picture and move it around on the picture. If you position it just right over the scribbled "The Beatles" writing, splitting half the words with the mirror, it clearly says One Died
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FilaDog writes:
Paul is left handed, the rest of the band is right handed, therefore he would NATURALLY be out of step with the rest of the members. Any one who is left handed and has been in the military and had to learn to march with righties knows this for fact. Abbey Road was released BEFORE the supposed accident that killed Paul. LMW supposed to mean Linda McCartney Weeps? Paul was with Jane Asher at the time, so how can Linda weep? The first part of 'Day in the Life' is about the Guinness heir who died, not Paul.
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In referance to "Turandot's" Comment the "Death car" is actually a Police van, at the time police vans in Britain where black, if you look closely you can see the blue light on the top.
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By the way Billy Shears was a made up name for the Sgt. Pepper Album, and Ringo was being him, Paul was Sgt. Pepper, I used to know who the other two were as well, but i forgot
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Dave UK writes:
I personally don't believe the paul is dead stuff but it is fun to look for the eggs. Another one people have forgotten is that there were rumours back when the Paul is dead stuff was big that there were phone numbers hidden in the album covers and when you ring them you got phrases like "You're getting closer" and "Beware of Abbey Road". Could be bollocks, very likely to be stoned students, but I thought I'd include it anyway.
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This is for the people who keep saying the walrus was Paul. It's true that in the Beatles song "Glass Onion" John says "The Walrus Was Paul". But if you listen to John Lennon's song "God", he says: "I was the Walrus But now I'm John". So the walrus could have been John...
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TheWalrus writes:
Alright, at the end of Strawberry Fields forever, John did not say "I buried Paul". He says "Cranberry Sauce". He admitted it somewhere, I forget where, however. It's very clear when you listen to it, however.
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Matt writes:
1. In response to one person's question...the "clue" that states that Lovely Rita appears on the album...on the back cover of the Abbey Road album, there is a blurred woman in a blue dress. According to the Beatles, she actually walked past as the photographer took a shot of the road sign, supposedly ruining the shot. When Paul McCartney looked at the finished prints to choose the one to use, however, for some reason he chose that very shot. It's not Lovely Rita, but it definitely is a woman that appears on the back cover. 2. Some people have said, "If he really was dead, isn't it funny that Linda remained married to the imposter?" While I agree that Paul isn't really dead, this isn't quite the best comeback to make. Paul married Linda in 1969; his alleged death took place in 1966. At the time of his 'death,' he would have still been with his girlfriend at the time, Jane Asher. Jane eventually broke up with Paul because of some affairs he had. Ironically, this actually could form another weak argument for the side that claims that Paul really is dead; the 'new' Paul didn't feel as strong for Jane as the original Paul, and decided to fool around, eventually getting dumped by Jane and then later meeting Linda. Oh well. Paul's alive.
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Paul is dead hoax was started when paul was in a motercycle accident. There was another accident about the sa me time where a young male was disfiguered beyond rcignition. Paul does have a scar on his upper lip many think hes an imposter when they see the scar on countless albums. The crash happened wed nov 11 @ 5:00 am . The dots can be connected to make 5 also... paul also has his eyes closed becauses he's dead. I'v never seen the skull or the girl running away.
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Dolorem writes:
Okay, to support the ever-popular false rumor about Paul's death, John's white suit = priest; Ringo's black suit, positioned behind the priest = mourner; Paul, closed eyes, no shoes (countless other evidences) = dead; George's denim worker's clothes = Grave Digger. And yes that is a death car. But this was all just a publicity stunt because they were getting bored.
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tel writes:
If Paul McCartneys dead, then he looks good for it!!! You fools
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Jonny writes:
To Dark Smurf: The lyrics "He blew his mind out in a car....." refer to a friend of John Lennons from London who drove through a set of lights and into a brick wall. This was at the time Lennon was beginning to get heavily into acid and it is thought his friend may have been under the influence at the time, (It's all in the book "Revolution in the Head")
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brandine writes:
I once read somewhere that John Lennon had a dream or vision (according to yoko) that one of the Beatles was going to have an untimely death, not necessarily himself. The suggestions made that Paul was dead was a reflection of this created by John. There are countless suggestions and some that haven't been mentioned here include the Magical Mystery Tour Movie during "Your Mother Should Know", Paul has a black carnation while the others have red and he is the only one who gets handed a bunch of flowers. Also the "they're gonna crucify me" line in The Ballad of John and Yoko may be a direct reference to John's fear or vision of death, this vision is the only plausible theory to the death references that I have heard.
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Bob K. writes:
*Sigh* You'd think the "Paul is dead" hoax would be dead by now! Isn't it quite obvious that it was just that, a HOAX? If the Beatles did indeed purposely add clues that would lead some people to believe the hoax, it was purely just to stir interest among hardcore Beatles fans. To further prove that it was a hoax, I believe it's in one of Paul's newer albums "Flaming Pie" where you can play a track backward to hear him say "Save the Fur Linda Eastman." Paul himself says this was added to further the joke that is the "Paul Is Dead" hoax.
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For God's Sake people-- How in the world could Paul be dead when he was knighted Sir Paul McCarteney?!?! You think the so-called look-alike could fake that?? I don't think so. You have incredible imaginations. Believe what you want, you're way too gullible.
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The line in "Glass Onion" where he says "The walrus was Paul" refers to the "I am the Walrus" part of the "Magical Mystery Tour" film where each of the Beatles dresses up, Paul happened to be dressed as the walrus- and so "the walrus was Paul". All very logical see?
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Raquel writes:
In response to TinyTim788, the original drummer was Pete Beste.
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they'd seen his face before, then it says nobody was really sure if he was from the House of Lords, they'd know Paul McCartney was NOT from the House of Lords, we drive on the other side of the road in England anyway, The car is heading AWAY from Paul, not heading straight for him.
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TManRae writes:
Excuse Me, but has it occured to you all that perhaps the album did say Paul is Dead in many ways, but there was another reason besides proclaiming Paul McArtney is Dead. IT WAS A MARKETING SCHEME!!! It was meant to sell records, AND IT DID!!!!! More people bought the different "Secret Message" albums, Abbey Road, MMT, Yellow Submarine, etc. to find the secret messages!
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Ok. this is kind of bugging me. All these people yelling at everyone else because they misintepret the fun of finding all the "Paul is dead" rumours. Some people seem to think that we are trying to prove that he is dead. we all know he's not. stop wasting comment space trying to convince us wether he is really dead or not. This is just about finding the fake, accidental, misinterpreted, or intentional clues that were put in the albums. So anyways Just one thing. The whole shoeless Paul on Abbey Road thing. It says that "Paul" isn't wearing shoes, a symbol of death in Greece." And then Funk writes "And cowboys were supposed to be buried with their boots on, so surely it's an affirmation of his life? See how bringing up obscure and unrelated traditions can work both ways?" Well, its not as obscure as you think. In '67, the same year Sgt. Pepper's was released, the year Brian Epstein (Beatle's manager) died, and the year magical mystery tour was made, they went to Greece. almost bought an island there actually. And none of the Beatles were ever cowboys (as far as i know), so the Greek symbol of death (not wearing shoes) is a "clue." its not as unrelated as you think. And Funk, the woman was on the back. not the front. more of a blur actually. and even though its just a random person, if the Beatles were behind the whole Paul is dead conspiracy egg thing, than they might've kept that shot just so you might think it was Rita.
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Laocoon writes:
I'm sorry, I'm no Beatles fan, but I've read all of the things claiming to prove that Paul is dead and all. Most of it is nicely debunked by http://rmb.simplenet.com/public/files/faqs/pid.html It's all pretty eerie and neat, but hasn't Paul done a lot of stuff since then? I mean, it's all maybe possible that they get a Paul look-alike and somehow replace his voice in all of the stuff done after he died. But hasn't he done some solo stuff since they broke up? Is Billy whatever really that good of an imitator? More to the point, wouldn't Linda have minded you think?
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tarpo writes:
Great myth, but let's get the myth right. If you follow the theory that Paul was killed, It was WILLIAM CAMPBELL that was recruited, NOT Billy Shears. Everyone knows William Campbell wrote "Band on the Run", and all the McCartney goodies post 1966!! Also, Magical Mystery Tour has a plethora of "clues"< seek 'em out!
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Tim writes:
Paul is NOT dead - ask Heather Mills! But if you want to strain your eyeballs...take a close look at the man standing on the curb in the cover photo of Abbey Road - it's Eric Clapton!
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Jeremy writes:
Paul didn't even know Linda when this happened. Or at least they weren't married. And am I wrong, or is this supposed to be about Abbey Road?
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Referring to the 28if plate, actually Hindu belief is that you are alive at conception. 9 months not one year. Paul would have been 28if also, Sargent Pepper on the back cover Paul is turned around(not facing the camera)? He is also quite taller in the picture.
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Alan Covelle writes:
Listen People Paul has done so much work after all the controversy of him being deceased there is no possible way they could find a look-alike or anyone who has the ability to sing or act like he could. I mean he was on SNL and everything!!
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kermitov writes:
Lighten up people, nobody really believes Paul is dead anymore. There are other clues as well of course. In the Sgt. Pepper liner notes Paul has a patch on his arm with the initials O.P.D. which could mean "Officially Pronounced Dead" There is of course the picture of him with his back turned. Among many many others. John does indeed say "Cranberry Sauce" 3 times at the end of Strawberry Fields Forever, listen to the Anthology version to hear it clearly Also, the car is not coming toward Paul in that picture... remember this is England they are in where people drive on the wrong side of the road (maniacs how dare they) ;)
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sir manglass writes:
To John Burps, Since when does Ringo not count. And John is Paul, what a pile of bull crap. O.K, to the real stuff, Paul is not dead. I disagree with people who think he is. Oh and the guy who said about the magicians on the back cover, that is a clue Paul's magician is the wrong way. See you!
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Lovely Rita was made up after Paul or John heard that they call Parking Wardens 'Meter Maids'
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This comment is complete nonsense. No band in thier right mind would have someone immitate a deceased member, not that that Paul was deceased in the first place. I think all of these little "signs" of pauls death are wishful thinking on the posters part.
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Spaceman writes:
Here's what sgtjoe was referring to: http://www.hipgallery.com/photopost2/data/520/15859he-die-thumb.gif Some magazine, maybe People, if it was published that long ago (I don't remember) printed an article on the rumor and included a picture of a "Bill Campbell" who looked very much like a stouter version of Paul McCartney.
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daunrealist writes:
the car on the front is driving perfectly in line with paul... it just hit him...
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Eboreg Onxre writes:
Item (3) is an urban myth. In fact, Paul is right-handed for most things, but left-handed for guitar playing.
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KivaWolf writes:
Hey everyone! Remember the license plate on the VW? Well ever wondered what the LMW below the 28IF stands for? Well supposelly it stands for Linda McCartney Weeps. Of course the Real Beatles Fans would only 'know' he is NOT dead. Otherwise HOW would he know about his own past while talking in the Interviews after all this unless he is the real Paul! Oh yeah and there is a little more here! See the car that is comming down the road? Well it "Looks" as if it is going to hit Paul! Ever notice it?
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charliehodge writes:
O.K. For the last time, the death mentioned in "A Day in the Life" refers to the heir to the Guinness (as in beer, probably misspelled) fortune, NOT Paul McCartney. However, a clue you all seemed to miss: Check out he window on the building near the top right hand corner of the cover. There are four panes, but one seems to have been airbrushed to have the tree cover it up. Once again, only three are left. But Paul must be dead. How else can you explain the albums "Wild Life" and "Red Rose Speedway?" The real Paul would never put out crap like that!
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geniarse writes:
to put an end to the left-right hand argument, many guitarists who are right-handed play the guitar left handed (Jimi Hendrix being another) as it sounds a lot better acoustically. Also the mention of left handed Noel Gallagher playing right handed will be simply because that is how he learnt to play, most guitars come right handed and when you begin to play you don't really know that there are left and right handed guitars. kiss
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odnoc writes:
Now, I don't know if Paul is alive or "dead", however the Beatles were, without doubt, doing something weird with Mr McCartney on the albums. Most very obscure, but some make you wonder. My understanding with the "Paul is dead theory" is that Paul had just gotten in an argument with some or one of the fellow band members. Maybe the "Paul is a jerk theory" is more relevant. Sorry Paul, but one thing for sure, you are probably more talented than the original. Hell, I've loved what "William" has done with the Beatles and since. I'm glad the "original" died. Maybe the first guy really sucked and we never would have had Wings. I also think it strange that Linda (RIP beautiful) stayed married to the fake. That's true love. Oh my god, is it 4:20? I'm outta here.
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JBfett96 writes:
Okay. Quite dead Paul McCartney just got quite married. I wonder how he pulled that one off. . .
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OK!!! OK!!! Does anybody REALLY believe that Paul's dead...? UH well, he's not, because they couldn't get someone who one) looks exactly like Paul, two) Sounds exactly like him, and three) And (VERY IMPORTANT) has the same musical talent. So, do you out there who actually believe he's dead think that some guy can duplicate his talent??!!! Or did the guy just find a vault of 50 years worth of demo tapes, and just performed the songs?? Oh yeah, and I guess Linda didn't mind being married to some weirdo replacement guy. Oh yeah, the Beatles first Drummer was Pete Best. "Billy Shears" was just a figment of Ringo's imagination.
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uripyores writes:
The truth of all this [or most anyway] is that the other three considered Paul dead as far as the group were concered and were having a go at Paul.From what I can remember these suppositions of Pauls death realy only started after the Abbey Road LP with the shoeless Paul crossing the road on the cover. As for Billy Shears he was sung about in Sgt Peppers [BTW. the best album ever made] when Paul wasn't supposed to have been dead yet. Likewise Rita.
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sharkkid2 writes:
Look Paul is not dead! Due to all this, i haved figured out that most af the Beatle's song are "lovelike." Part Be is that in the Sgt. Peppers Lonley Hearts Club band there is one thing saying he is dead, and i think this other one is saying he is alive. The 1st one is the death one, on the front of the cover put a mirror in the middle of the drum (horozanly, and in the middle of the word hearts). The drum will then say "HE ^ BIE" the arrow will be pointing to Paul. The "he is alive" oneis in the middle of the booklet. It is the page with the songs "Sgt Peppers Lonley Hearts Club Band" and "A Little From My Friends." If you look George's hand makes an L. Paul's butt makes an O. Lennon's hands in his pants (ew) make a V. and Ringo's hand make up a E. L+O+V+E= LOVE. another one i just noticed was, toward the end of the first track it says "So let me introduce you to the one and only Billy Shears...". Well the next song ("A Little Help From My Friends") Ringo Starr is singing maybe he is Billy Shears??? (Although everyone knows he is not.) Here is one more thing about Sgt. Peppers lonley hearts club band. in track one "Sgt Peppers Lonley Hearts Club Band" all the words Sergeant is spelled Sgt. Well in the reprise they try to spell it but they spell it "Sergeant."
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JokerLedger writes:
Also if you look on the back of the abbey road record, there is a ledge that you can see some what appears to be a building and some leaves. The wood before the leaves that reach the "meter maid" there is clearly the word "DEAD". The first D is made of the wood and there is a dark letter that makes out the E and the AD follows it. i found it after reading this egg.
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What is the significance of the man standing under a tree on the right? He was a math teacher from Watertown, MA who just happened to be on vacation when that picture was taken. I can't remember his first name but the teacher was Mr. Adams.
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tel writes:
I think you'll find that Paul is right handed but plays bass left-handed. Also, noel gallagher of Oasis is left handed, but plays his right-handed!!
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tel writes:
I think you'll find that at the end of Strawberry Fields........ John Lennon is saying "Cranberry Sauce". So said George Martin, anyway....
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beatman writes:
OK all right. Paul is not dead. Thinking he is would qualify you as paranoid, looking for conspiracies everywhere. Yeesh.
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Oh yeah, here's another clue for you all, the Fab Four sadly looking at Paul's bass guitar on the front of Sargent Peppers.There are tons more (can't think of them all right now though) Paul is wearing a "black rose" in his tux, the rest have red ones. The Beatles where the best at messing with people's minds. On a different vein, did they "predict" the Manson murders? Lots of clues and hidden meanings there.
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mighty writes:
John didn't exactly get the info for "A day in the life" from the paper. True, there were headlines that he used, but for example: in the paper, an heir to the Guinness fortune was killed in a car accident, but he thought it would sound better if he turned it into "he blew his mind out in a car". Also, the part about "four thousand holes in Blackburn, Lancashire" actually came from a headline about four thousand pot-holes. Just wanted to clarify.
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come together was written by Paul, he was the only one of the Beatles who called 'sideburns' 'sideboards', the others called them 'sideys', like almost everyone in Liverpool (my home town) does, and he HAD been saying this when he was 12 as well, probably earlier. And some people think that Paul wearing white on some albums means he is dead. Does this mean John was dead when they recorded Abbey Rd.? NO! why do people say it about Paul then, becuse as mentioned by someone else, they are just 28 imbecile fanatics, Paul didn't even know Linda when they recorded Abbey Rd, so why would she be weeping? And what kind of friend would cover up your death, but drop hints on album covers anyway?
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Funk writes:
Just don't start them off on George Harrison...
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Mitch writes:
Paul McCartney married Heather Mills a few days ago! Check the papers, he cant be dead!
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Heystupid writes:
Have you ever heard of the term "taking the piss?"
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Chris writes:
I'm not sure about the date this supposedly happened but... the Beatles one of the biggest bands in the world are recording Paul goes outside in a rage and gets himself decapitated in the middle of London! there is bound to be witnesses! (the only way to counter this is by saying it was the middle of night but why would the Beatles recording in the middle of the night) Paul McCartney never died
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Trevis writes:
I cant make out the 3 BUT there are 5 dots on the back and mabey just mabey they were talking about the fifth beatle?!?!?
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Harp writes:
I do not believe all the 'Paul is dead'stuff,but I did read in a few Beatle books that in certain Eastern religions,you are on when you are born,hence 28IF
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hi. this is my first comment. ok. If you look in the magical mystery tour, in the inside cover of the record, it says 4 -OR- 5 <--- look!!! magicians from a far off place (or something like that) (that means the beetles because there is a picture above the writing and its them animated!!!) cool, I actually found somthing (i think)
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db writes:
What a bunch of BS. Anybody read Lennon's playboy interviews? He tells facts about nearly everysong they did. The situations in A Day in the Life were written after John read the newspaper, the paper contained these situations. And i'm very positive Paul is dead, I know if a good friend of mine died i'd hide his death and make little hints of it... *SARCASIM* Bunch a freaking morons you guys are. I think they were accused of reversing with "paul is dead" and they found it funny and made jokes about it. That simple
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crimsoncreme writes:
By the way guys, the lady who is walking away (supposedly Rita) is on the BACK. See the elbow and the blue dress? I think that's what they're talking about. However, I really don't think Paul is dead. lol, have a little extra time on our hands to poke around and make up stuff I see!
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LittleStar writes:
OK, this is what I think - First off, Paul's very much alive, and if you disagree... you're weird. Second, I'm pretty sure that they didn't plant these "clues" as a joke, and that the whole thing just goes to show that you can "prove" ANYTHING with large bodies of material. I mean, consider this - the Beatles were breaking up. Things were pretty tense between them. Do you REALLY think that they'd all want to sit down and plan out all these weird little things to make crazy fans think Paul was dead? Probably not.
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ROBERT.BAK writes:
Re. Dark Princess, "Also before the Beatles became famous, there was another member. He quit thinking that the group was going nowhere.": NOT TRUE. There *was* a fifth Beatle, Stuart Sutcliffe (whose talent was more for art than for music), but he didn't quit -- he died from a brain tumour, believed to have been caused by a depressed skull fracture sustained in a fight about three years earlier...
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Drontol writes:
You know what I think? I think that they added the 28IF license plate to drive their conpletely delusional and paranoid fans out of their fragile little minds, and start hallucinating odd images on the rest of the album cover. Gimme' a break. Connect the dots to get a three? "From now on, I'll connect the dots in my own way!" -Calvin
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Memberman writes:
People, if you would just check the back of Sgt Pepper's lonely Hearts Club Band (The LP) You can see the four members of the band, Paul is the only one who's looking away, we can see his back while the other members are faced forward... OBVIOUS!
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Chatterbox writes:
Also, Paul is out of step with the others on the front cover.
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JGreen writes:
I heard two more parts to the rumour. You can see a scar on all photos of Paul taken after Abbey was made (its somewhere near his lips). The reason why the accident was covered up was because The Beatles would lose support if they changed their line up.
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paul is dead . The new guy is too tall and his head is the wrong shape.
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The rumor was started by a collage student who had an assignment to make up a story and find proof in something real, the album. I remember the name of the Paul replacement being William (Bill/Billy) something. And if you are looking for the “proof” for fun the Sergeant Pepper album has several. A little car (modle of the on he died in) the drum says “1ONE IX(9) he died” if you put a mirror in the center. This is what I remember of the background of the rumor it’s be several years. PAUL IS NOT DEAD. But if he is I hope I can look the good 30ish yrs. after I die.
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Pheonix writes:
I thought that I should say that I believe it as I do believe in conspiracy's, unlike some people here.
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BillyWindle writes:
Actually, the main planks of Paul Is Dead are NOT the album Easter Eggs. In no particular order, some of the main unresolved issues are: (1) The Wired magazine testimony of reputable forensic pathologists Gabriella Carlesi and Francesco Gavazzeni; (2) The Bettina Hubers paternity suit; (3) Henry Truby's sonograms; (4) Paul's time in a Japanese prison on drugs charges; (5) The egregious Heather Mills accusations. McCartney could so easily lay to rest all the smoke and mirrors conspiracy theories and innuendo by offering a DNA test. For some reason, he chooses not to. The saying "there's no smoke without fire" comes to mind. There are far too many album clues for the message that Paul is dead to be accidental. To paraphrase Sherlock Holmes, it is coincidence bordering on the unbelievable.
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mcsnee writes:
Paul would've been 27 at the time, not 28.
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John Burps writes:
-- Paul is Dead is surely the most famous Beatles' easter egg. but just a few people knows an even more amazing one.: John is Paul! And, plausibly, John is Dead. This logical conclusion is taken after you listen to "I am The Walrus" (John sings it, so HE is the Walrus) and "Glass Onion" which says " the walrus was Paul". If John is the Walrus and the Walrus was Paul, John IS Paul!!! That´s not all! Assuming that Paul is really dead (and we have 100´s of proofs on it) so John is also dead. So Beatles were only George (Ringo doesn´t count). The Abbey Road cover makes clear that there are 3 Beatles not only one which is a paradox. The only solution to it is assuming that The Beatles did never exist! They're a fake!
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tonyp_18 writes:
two things to add: 1.on the license plate it also says LMW, or Linda McCartney Weeps 2.according to the license plate it says 28IF, while Paul was 27 the Indian culture (practiced by the beatles) says you are 1 when you are born, this makes Paul 28 at the time he would have died
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jtmichaelson writes:
Fact of the matter is, "Cranberry Sauce" is said at the end of "Strawberry Fields Forever (1967). Some stoner back then thought John said, "I buried Paul" and the joke went on. "Sgt. Pepper" claims alot of hints to Paul's "death", along with "Magical Mystery Tour" and even "Revolver" has Paul the only Beatle who's head is in the "lying down" position". And yes, even the "Help" album was consrtuded as a clue (1965). The Beatles played up to it until the end, of course minus the "Let It Be" album, which was never a full Beatles collective recording to begin with. These Eeggs were purposely put there as John and Paul's sense of humor proved that people will believe anything they are told. A final clue for you all, "Yesterday and Today" mysterious disappearing cover goes from chopped up baby dolls and meat to Paul sitting in a trunk. Look for that one, I suggest CDNOW.COM to get the album cover. That album was released in 1966. In other words, prior to 1967's "Strawberry Fields Forever" single, all of it was coincidence and then afterwards was played up to the fun and hype, as per John Lennon.
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TickleBear writes:
It thought that Paul McCartney was shot in his dressing room......... Hmmmmmm.... (?)
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Turandot writes:
Who says Ringo does not count? Anyway, there is one more thing that's not listed in the "Abbey Road" Easter eggs : the black car parked on the right of the street is a death car.
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Chocopup writes:
*sigh* HE IS NOT DEAD!!!! I REPEAT NOT DEAD!!!!! Got it?
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Paul did not know Linda when this was recorded, he was 27, and this was recorded before he *SUPPOSEDLY* died, i don't know why anyone believes he died though, some song, a load of nonsense, when played backwards supposedly says 'Paul is dead man, miss him, miss him, miss him' it sounds more like 'war is dead Ben, missile, mission, missile'
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Your Mom writes:
What most people do when told about this 'myth' is just react as you all did. Regardless of what The Beatles intended on doing, it certainly wasn't to cause arguments between "bea-lievers" and doubters of the paul is dead myth. Or was it...
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Celeste writes:
Paul is very much alive. He isnt dead. He was the walrus on "Magical Mystery Tour." I know this because since then I have adopted the walrus as my talisman, if you will. I sent fan mail to McCartney and he actually wrote me back. How could he write me back were he not alive? This "Paul is Dead" thing was a hoax, or even a publicity stunt, if you wish. I also think that John took a macabre pleasure in developing the story, and in subsequently placing eggs everywhere for eager and gullible fans. The idea that John is dressed as Jesus on the cover of Abbey Road is ludicrous. If ever there was a man further from Jesus, it was he. Though I will not diminish his musical talent.
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Freeza Frost writes:
to all: the "death car" is called a hearse! and i guess no one herd the "john n geoge" are dead storioes!!
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Turandot writes:
Iggy Pop said: "In the death car, we're alive."
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Paul...ate craberry sauce...pucked on the white album...and died!
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Sesana writes:
People still believe this Paul is dead junk? *sighs* Well, here's a good debunking for you... If John is dressed as a priest, why is he in white? I can't speak for any other religions, but in the vast majority of Christian religions (and the lads would have been raised in a Christian environment) priests and other men of the cloth dress in black.
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Paul is dead . Below is a link to absolutely incontrovertible evidence the present day paul is a substitute and not even a very close one http://digilander.libero.it/jamespaul/fc1.html
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TinyTim788 writes:
Billy Shears was actually the Beatles' first drummer (before Starr). I don't know what happened to him, but whether Paul's alive or dead, Billy Shears is out of it.
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