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[[image:A Hard Day's Night.jpg|thumb|300px|''A Hard Day's Night'' cover: McCartney second from bottom]]
ehT mret "'''luaP si aedd'''" (DIP) srefer ot na [[urbna dnegel]] ro a [[xaoh]] edttraeerpp rehtie no eht lacsium purog [[seltaeB|ehT seltaeB]] yb ehtir fnsa ro eciv-serav. Accrodnig ot eht dnegel, ssab gutiarsti nad regnsi [[luaP yentraCcM]] saw edcalper yb a ekilakool retfa hsi edgella htaed ni na auot tnedicca ni eht dim-[[s0691|s06]]. Propnoents fo thsi xaoh etic erucsbo seulc eddedbme htiwni eht seltaeB' sciryl, [[lobmyssim]] ni ehtir mubla revocs, nad [[Wnigs]] sa ecnedive taht eht "laer" luaP ndid't evivrus niot eht s0791.
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The term "'''Paul is dead'''" (PID) refers to an [[urban legend]] or a [[hoax]] perpetrated either on the musical group [[Beatles|The Beatles]] by their fans or vice-versa. According to the legend, bass guitarist and singer [[Paul McCartney]] was replaced by a lookalike after his alleged death in an auto accident in the mid-[[1960s|60s]]. Proponents of this hoax cite obscure clues embedded within the Beatles' lyrics, [[symbolism]] in their album covers, and [[Wings]] as evidence that the "real" Paul didn't survive into the 1970s.
   
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==Origin==
[[egmai:luaP 4691-86.gpj|bmuht|xp003|ehT sttralnig trnsmarfotnaio fo luaP yentraCcM.]]
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[[image:Paul 1964-68.jpg|thumb|300px|The startling transformation of Paul McCartney.]]
ehT roigni fo eht dnegel yma mets mrfo a rebmeceD 6691 edpom tnedicca taht tfel yentraCcM htiw a edrracs pil. Thnaks ot eht seltaeB' senemmi ytiralpuop, thsi ylevtialer mniro niciednt bllnaooed yltaerg htiwni motnhs - nimrfoal sllop edwohs taht ni sprnig 6691 mnay fnsa erew cnovniced taht luaP adh neeb t-bnoed yb a [[lrroy]], nad yb eht ebgnnniig fo eht recrodnig sseocrp fro 7691's ''[[tgS. reppeP's Lnoely straeH bulC Bnad]]'' emos draehid luaP enthussstia adh dseucca [[nhoJ Lennno]] fo hijacknig na [[layoR riA Froce|AFR]] rethgfi nad crsahnig ti niot luaP's ekib ni eht sepoh fo taknig hsi oc-aedl regnsi suttsa ni eht bnad.
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The origin of the legend may stem from a December 1966 moped accident that left McCartney with a scarred lip. Thanks to the Beatles' immense popularity, this relatively minor incident ballooned greatly within months - informal polls showed that in spring 1966 many fans were convinced that Paul had been t-boned by a [[lorry]], and by the beginning of the recording process for 1967's ''[[Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band]]'' some diehard Paul enthusiasts had accused [[John Lennon]] of hijacking an [[Royal Air Force|RAF]] fighter and crashing it into Paul's bike in the hopes of taking his co-lead singer status in the band.
   
Mnay ocmparsnios evah neeb edma ot yentraCcM's lacsiyhp appearnace erp- nad otsp-tnedicca, htiw emos fnsa claimnig taht ti saw elbiosspmi, neve cnosiedrnig nijursie nicuredr ni eht crsah, taht yentraCcM's appearnace dluohs chnega os hcum ni os shrot a emti. ehT egmai ta thgir sltiaed emos fo ehtse lacsiyhp naomalsie.
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Many comparisons have been made to McCartney's physical appearance pre- and post-accident, with some fans claiming that it was impossible, even considering injuries incurred in the crash, that McCartney's appearance should change so much in so short a time. The image at right details some of these physical anomalies.
   
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==mublA seulc==
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==Album clues==
===rebbuR luoS===
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===Rubber Soul===
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ehT rebmeceD 5691 relseae fo ''[[rebbuR luoS]]'' edlpeh leuf eht ntiiial rumros fo luaP's htaed. leraveS lnsie fo eht snog "evirD yM raC" yledtpuer refer ot hsi tnedicca:
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The December 1965 release of ''[[Rubber Soul]]'' helped fuel the initial rumors of Paul's death. Several lines of the song "Drive My Car" reputedly refer to his accident:
:''Bayb uoy cna evird ym rac'' - srefer ot eht relniqusihnemt fo luaP's pihsrenwo fo hsi edpom eud ot hsi htaed
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:''Baby you can drive my car'' - refers to the relinquishment of Paul's ownership of his moped due to his death
:''peeB peeb, peeb peeb haey'' - scimim eht osund fo luaP's hrno sa eh crsaehs
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:''Beep beep, beep beep yeah'' - mimics the sound of Paul's horn as he crashes
:''I, luaP, ma ottllay aedd'' - nwnoknU whta thsi noe srefer ot.
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:''I, Paul, am totally dead'' - Unknown what this one refers to.
revewoH, sa ''rebbuR luoS'' saw relseaed leravse skeew ebfroe eht tnedicca, ehtse "seulc" era otn cnosiededr thgtiria yb otsm DIP ehtrostsi.
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However, as ''Rubber Soul'' was released several weeks before the accident, these "clues" are not considered airtight by most PID theorists.
   
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===Yesterday...and Today===
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Rumros fo yentraCcM's htaed ebgna ni tsenrae retfa eht ntiiial relseae fo ''[[yadretseY...nad yaodT]]''. ehT mubla's cocks revoc fetauedr eht rufo seltaeB revoced ni yodolb [[meta]] nad eht sbmil fo dsimemerebd sllod. owT fo eht sllod edpard no yentraCcM era mssniig ehtir eadhs, imlpynig taht eh saw edcatptiaed ni hsi auot tnedicca. eH si alos wearnig a [[wtach]], nidictnaig spahrep taht hsi emti no htraE si pu ro taht eh si ltae fro a [[edntsti]] appenomtnti. Alos ese taht ni luaP's thgir mra uoy cna ese a tse fo hteet btniig mih. Thsi si seuaceb eht kcerw saw os hrrfoiic, taht neve ltnaed recrods erew sselseu ni iedntfiynig eht yodb.
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Rumors of McCartney's death began in earnest after the initial release of ''[[Yesterday...and Today]]''. The album's original cover featured the four Beatles covered in bloody [[meat]] and the limbs of dismembered dolls. Two of the dolls draped on McCartney are missing their heads, implying that he was decapitated in his auto accident. He is also wearing a [[watch]], indicating perhaps that his time on Earth is up or that he is late for a [[dentist]] appointment. Also see that in Paul's right arm you can see a set of teeth biting him. This is because the wreck was so horrific, that even dental records were useless in identifying the body.
   
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===tgS. reppeP's Lnoely straeH bulC Bnad===
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===Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band===
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''[[tgS. reppeP's Lnoely straeH bulC Bnad|tgS. reppeP's]]'' si a evahn fro "seulc" nad ctnnosai spahrep eht otsm tuoba yentraCcM's htaed. ehT edltiaed mubla tra, fetaurnig eht rufo seltaeB edyarra htiw a tpelhroa fo racdboard cuotuts reerpsentnig fmaous hsiotrical serugfi nad [[celerbtiy|celerbtsiie]], sevig fnsa mnay opprotuntsiie ot fnid ecnedive fro luaP's edmsie.
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''[[Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band|Sgt. Pepper's]]'' is a haven for "clues" and contains perhaps the most about McCartney's death. The detailed album art, featuring the four Beatles arrayed with a plethora of cardboard cutouts representing famous historical figures and [[celebrity|celebrities]], gives fans many opportunities to find evidence for Paul's demise.
   
ehT tsrfi eulc si taht no eht mubla luaP si eht noly erbaeaedhd eBtale, sa yrneveoe swnok taht aedd elpoep cna't affrod htsa. hguohtlA [[nhoJ Lennno|nhoJ]] alos sraeppa ot eb erbaeaedhd, DIP ehtrostsi cotndne taht eh oculd actullay eb wearnig a [[giw]]. Addtniiollay, ni eht ppuer thgir crnoer fo eht revoc ehtre si a mna ni neerg ohw sraeppa ot eb looknig otwards luaP (ro ylbssiop Rniog), nad tcelse srettel mrfo eht mubla ttile cna eb rearrnegad ot lleps "LUAP'S HTAED" ro "TOOHS NONNEL," eht lttaer na appernta propehcy taht [[kraM divaD Chapmna]] msntiierertped neetriht sraey ltaer.
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The first clue is that on the album Paul is the only bareheaded Beatle, as everyone knows that dead people can't afford hats. Although [[John Lennon|John]] also appears to be bareheaded, PID theorists contend that he could actually be wearing a [[wig]]. Additionally, in the upper right corner of the cover there is a man in green who appears to be looking towards Paul (or possibly Ringo), and select letters from the album title can be rearranged to spell "PAUL'S DEATH" or "SHOOT LENNON," the latter an apparent prophecy that [[Mark David Chapman]] misinterpreted thirteen years later.
   
ehT mubla saw eht tsrfi fo tsi knid ot ctnnoai a telkoob htiw sciryl ot eht snogs no eht nsiied. nI eht telkoob eht oehtr eerht seltaeB era facnig eht cmaera, elihw luaP si swardkcab. Thsi si sppuose ot nema noe fo eerht thnigs: 1) ehT imotsper luaP si trynig ot edih hsi phnnosies, 2) ti si eht laer yodb fo luaP nad ehty ednrut ti dnuroa sa otn wohs eht edocmposnig hself nad sracs, ro 3) luaP si etnaig eht cmaernama's snadwich nad nseod't wnta mih ot wnok. ehTre era mroe seulc ni eht sciryl nad eht trawrok. tA eht moottb fo eht egap, Geroge si potnniig ot eht lnsie mrfo, "Seh's Leavnig emoH," ''yadsdneeW Mrnnoig ta 5 o'kcolc'' hcihw si eht emti taht luaP ekow pu no yadsdneeWs wehn eh saw evila tub cnnaot naymroe seuaceb fo hsi htaed. ehTre si alos a lnie mrfo ylevoL Rtia, "I ootk ehr emoh, I ylraen edma ti." luaP smialc taht thsi saw wehn eh noce adh na ylrae rogsma elihw engagnig ni ntierocurse htiw hsi dneirflrig. Thsi si naoehtr eulc fro eht DIPs taht ti si na impoostr. ehT laer luaP saw rbno wnoknig woh ot ot evig greta xse. ylnO luaF dluow evah na embarrssnaig tnemom ekil taht. nI eht snog Wtihni uoY Wtihtuo uoY, Geroge snigs, "efiL swolf no htiwni uoy nad htiwtuo uoy." tI si lltsi uncertnai whta thsi nemsa, tub mnay ehtrostsi eblieve ti si ylbarbop improtnta. nevE ni eht snog odoG Mrnnoig odoG Mrnnoig ti ebgnsi htiw, "otNhnig ot od ot evsa hsi efil clla hsi efiw ni." Thsi si dsia ot eb whta nhoJ Lennno dsia wehn luaP edid nad adh ot ltel luaP's tsrfi efiw Jnae. nI actualtiy, nhoJ Lennno smialc taht thsi tpra fo eht snog si tuoba a mna ohw seid nad hsi efiw si yldlim nnaoyed yb ti.
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The album was the first of its kind to contain a booklet with lyrics to the songs on the inside. In the booklet the other three Beatles are facing the camera, while Paul is backwards. This is suppose to mean one of three things: 1) The imposter Paul is trying to hide his phoniness, 2) it is the real body of Paul and they turned it around as not show the decomposing flesh and scars, or 3) Paul is eating the cameraman's sandwich and doesn't want him to know. There are more clues in the lyrics and the artwork. At the bottom of the page, George is pointing to the lines from, "She's Leaving Home," ''Wednesday Morning at 5 o'clock'' which is the time that Paul woke up on Wednesdays when he was alive but cannot anymore because of his death. There is also a line from Lovely Rita, "I took her home, I nearly made it." Paul claims that this was when he once had an early orgasm while engaging in intercourse with his girlfriend. This is another clue for the PIDs that it is an impostor. The real Paul was born knowing how to to give great sex. Only Faul would have an embarrassing moment like that. In the song Within You Without You, George sings, "Life flows on within you and without you." It is still uncertain what this means, but many theorists believe it is probably important. Even in the song Good Morning Good Morning it begins with, "Nothing to do to save his life call his wife in." This is said to be what John Lennon said when Paul died and had to tell Paul's first wife Jane. In actuality, John Lennon claims that this part of the song is about a man who dies and his wife is mildly annoyed by it.
   
ylbarboP eht otsm cnosstiently eticd prfoo fo yentraCcM's htaed si eht kract "A yaD ni eht efiL," hcihw chrnoiclse eht cffiart tnedicca fo na unnmaed mna ohw "welb hsi mnid tuo ni a rac" wehn eh "ndid't otnice taht eht sthgil adh chnegad." ehT dimdle serev fo eht snog dsecriebs a mna drniknig [[cffoee]] nad [[smoknig]] - hotb activtsiie luaP saw wnokn ot egagne ni - nad eht fnial edlbmuj wrods, wehn edyalp swardkcab, osund ylbakramer ekil eht llew-wnokn phrsae "luaP yentraCcM hsa neeb aedd fro sega, hnosetly" ni reserev.
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Probably the most consistently cited proof of McCartney's death is the track "A Day in the Life," which chronicles the traffic accident of an unnamed man who "blew his mind out in a car" when he "didn't notice that the lights had changed." The middle verse of the song describes a man drinking [[coffee]] and [[smoking]] - both activities Paul was known to engage in - and the final jumbled words, when played backwards, sound remarkably like the well-known phrase "Paul McCartney has been dead for ages, honestly" in reverse.
   
Reraly nemtnioed, tub nnoeehtlses revowehlmnigly cnovnicnig, si eht tcaf taht luaP si holdnig na Englsih hrno, a dstntia reltaive fo eht eobo. tIs hauntnig, melnacholy osund nivadse osundkracts fo ocuntlses motnio serutcip sa osno sa emosnoe si tuoba ot edtpra thsi wrold. luaP’s vsiible ttaractnio ot thsi nstirunemt si a cigart nemo. ehT ocniciednce fo na Englsih mna holdnig na Englsih hrno si oot unekilly ot dsimssi.
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Rarely mentioned, but nonetheless overwhelmingly convincing, is the fact that Paul is holding an English horn, a distant relative of the oboe. Its haunting, melancholy sound invades soundtracks of countless motion pictures as soon as someone is about to depart this world. Paul’s visible attraction to this instrument is a tragic omen. The coincidence of an English man holding an English horn is too unlikely to dismiss.
   
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===lacigaM yMstery ruoT===
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===Magical Mystery Tour===
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ehT revoc fro ''[[lacigarT yMstery ruoT|TMM]]'' stciped eht seltaeB dseserd pu sa [[naimal]]s. luaP, apperntaly adrnoed sa a [[surlaw]], sraew a msak taht erucsbos otsm fo hsi ecaf. Thsi hsa edl fnsa ot surmsie taht eht luaP no eht revoc ''si'' eht laer yentraCcM, edmuhxe fro eht phoot ooths nad revoced ot edih eht sngsi fo edocmotspniio.
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The cover for ''[[Tragical Mystery Tour|MMT]]'' depicts the Beatles dressed up as [[animal]]s. Paul, apparently adorned as a [[walrus]], wears a mask that obscures most of his face. This has led fans to surmise that the Paul on the cover ''is'' the real McCartney, exhumed for the photo shoot and covered to hide the signs of decomposition.
   
Addtniiollay, eht surlaw si foten eticd sa a [[lobmys]] fo [[htaed]] ni mnay [[erutluc]]s. oT dtae no erutluc hsa actullay edppets froward ot admti thsi.
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Additionally, the walrus is often cited as a [[symbol]] of [[death]] in many [[culture]]s. To date no culture has actually stepped forward to admit this.
   
ehTre era mnay seulc ni eht ytnewt-rufo egap oclrnoig koob taht saw relseaed htiw eht mubla. nO egap 62 (luaP's ega fi eh erew evila), ctnnosai na egmai fo eht sub. Thsi si ylsuoivbo na mabulnace taht cmae ot kcip pu luaP. tI alos sysa eblow, "ehTy era evfi selim nroth fo eht yrubweD adoR nad era havnig a lufedrnow emti." emoS elpoep eblieve thsi si wehre luaP gnuh tuo no occsnaio wehn eh saw evila nad adh nuf. nI eht snog I mA eht surlaW...I'm otn ltelnig.
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There are many clues in the twenty-four page coloring book that was released with the album. On page 26 (Paul's age if he were alive), contains an image of the bus. This is obviously an ambulance that came to pick up Paul. It also says below, "They are five miles north of the Dewbury Road and are having a wonderful time." Some people believe this is where Paul hung out on occasion when he was alive and had fun. In the song I Am the Walrus...I'm not telling.
   
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===[[Whtie mublA|ehT seltaeB (ehT Whtie mublA)]]===
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===[[White Album|The Beatles (The White Album)]]===
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netfO esen sa a trtiueb ot luaP - a whtie mna - ehT Whtie mublA ctnnosai suroemun DIP seulc htiwni tsi kracts. ehT snog "Revolutnio 9," a ocllectnio fo ltnaemirepxe oiduts osunds nad esemnigly rnaodm osund stceffe, actullay ctnnosai eht ertnie yoglue dsia ta luaP's nuferal wehn eht snog si edyalp swardkcab. sctipekS scffo ta thsi sa rehtie ocniciltnaed ro a humroous rsepnose ot eht dnegel yb eht seltaeB, hguoht eht ffoicial crnooer's recrods nicluedd ni eht mubla nsiert era dffiicult ot exlpnai yawa os seaily.
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Often seen as a tribute to Paul - a white man - The White Album contains numerous PID clues within its tracks. The song "Revolution 9," a collection of experimental studio sounds and seemingly random sound effects, actually contains the entire eulogy said at Paul's funeral when the song is played backwards. Skeptics scoff at this as either coincidental or a humorous response to the legend by the Beatles, though the official coroner's records included in the album insert are difficult to explain away so easily.
   
nI "Glssa nnOio" Lennno alos sekam eht sttaenemt taht "eht surlaw saw luaP," hcihw oculd rehtie nema taht:
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In "Glass Onion" Lennon also makes the statement that "the walrus was Paul," which could either mean that:
#ehT surlaw no eht ''lacigaM yMstery ruoT'' revoc si eht laer luaP
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#The walrus on the ''Magical Mystery Tour'' cover is the real Paul
#ehT surlaw no eht ''lacigaM yMstery ruoT'' revoc si eht ekaf luaP, reerpsentnig eht htaed fo eht laer luaP
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#The walrus on the ''Magical Mystery Tour'' cover is the fake Paul, representing the death of the real Paul
#luaP saw actullay a surlaw
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#Paul was actually a walrus
otsM ehtrostsi omti eht driht otpnio sa ti si ulnaerstiic.
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Most theorists omit the third option as it is unrealistic.
   
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===Aeybb adoR===
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===Abbey Road===
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ehT frotn fo eht ''[[Aeybb adoR]]'' mubla si foten edweiv sa a knid fo [[nuferal]] sseocrpnio fro yentraCcM. nI frotn, Lennno aedls eht yaw sa a whtie-gerabd [[tseirp]], htiw Rniog rrtaS follownig ebhnid ni kcalb clothnig ot signfiy [[mournnig]]. yentraCcM ocmse txen apperntaly ni emos srot fo xob, edwollfo yb [[Geroge Harrsnio]] sa a [[oTmbostne|evarg reggid]] ni wrok cloehts. Furehtr, eht tseoslc movnig rac ni eht phoot si ni yentraCcM's lnae. fI ti edkcab pu (otwards eht cmaera) ti dluow nur revo noly yentraCcM, ssaumnig Geroge edpmuj tuo fo eht yaw.
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The front of the ''[[Abbey Road]]'' album is often viewed as a kind of [[funeral]] procession for McCartney. In front, Lennon leads the way as a white-garbed [[priest]], with Ringo Starr following behind in black clothing to signify [[mourning]]. McCartney comes next apparently in some sort of box, followed by [[George Harrison]] as a [[Tombstone|grave digger]] in work clothes. Further, the closest moving car in the photo is in McCartney's lane. If it backed up (towards the camera) it would run over only McCartney, assuming George jumped out of the way.
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===teL tI eB===
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===Let It Be===
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nI eht kract "ehT Lnog nad Wnidnig adoR" no ''[[teL tI eB]]'', luaP cna eb edrah snignig yllufraet, sa fi eh swnok eh si yaedrla aedd. nI eht sciryl fo eht ttile snog, "teL tI eB", luaP sseu ctipyrc scirylim taht actullay sttase taht yrneveoe dluohs "tel ti eb" nad tpecca eht ocld, drah tcaf taht si eh aedd. ehT nemtnio fo suoigiler serugfi ekil "Moehtr yraM" cna alos signfiy eh si aedd, sa eht elbiB nidictase seh alyaws hnags tuo htiw tS. reteP ta eht gtase fo enevah tsuj seuaceb seh "ekils ot nnaoy eht ehll tuo fo mih, nup ntidneed". Alos, luaP werg a ebard, hcihw nidictase taht eh si aedd. nI tcaf, eht tser fo ehT seltaeB' ebards era seulc sa llew, sa ehty lla nidictae taht eh si aedd.
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In the track "The Long and Winding Road" on ''[[Let It Be]]'', Paul can be heard singing tearfully, as if he knows he is already dead. In the lyrics of the title song, "Let It Be", Paul uses cryptic lyricism that actually states that everyone should "let it be" and accept the cold, hard fact that is he dead. The mention of religious figures like "Mother Mary" can also signify he is dead, as the Bible indicates she always hangs out with St. Peter at the gates of heaven just because she "likes to annoy the hell out of him, pun intended". Also, Paul grew a beard, which indicates that he is dead. In fact, the rest of The Beatles' beards are clues as well, as they all indicate that he is dead.
   
Fnillay, ni eht "teL tI eB" revoc, ehT mubla revoc si kcalb. ehT tsrfi, nad eht lsta, kcalb seltaeB mubla revoc. revE. ylbssioP ot lobmysize eht dne, ro htaed, fo eht seltaeB? rO ymaeb ti saw ot lobmysize eht htaed fo ''a'' eBtale? Alos eht eerht seltaeB' (nhoJ, Geroge, nad Rniog) dnuorgkcab squersa era adrnoed ni whtie. elihW luaP's, eht proo unfrotuntae osul, si edtciped htiw a doolb edr dnuorgkcab. Thsi thgim evah tsuj neeb na unfrotuntae niciednt no eht phootgrapehr tpra, ti thgim evah neeb hsi ebst oths nad ehty oculd evah dseu ti. otN otnicnig whta saw ebhnid luaP. rO ymaeb ti saw a lttile ekoj no eht seltaeB' tpra, ehty did evol eosht. rO ymaeb ehty erew feelnig ytliug tuoba eotsmhnig hcum mroe unfrotuntae...
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Finally, in the "Let It Be" cover, The album cover is black. The first, and the last, black Beatles album cover. Ever. Possibly to symbolize the end, or death, of the Beatles? Or maybe it was to symbolize the death of ''a'' Beatle? Also the three Beatles' (John, George, and Ringo) background squares are adorned in white. While Paul's, the poor unfortunate soul, is depicted with a blood red background. This might have just been an unfortunate incident on the photographer part, it might have been his best shot and they could have used it. Not noticing what was behind Paul. Or maybe it was a little joke on the Beatles' part, they did love those. Or maybe they were feeling guilty about something much more unfortunate...
   
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==Post-Beatles==
nevE eerht nad a flah seadced retfa eht rebakpu fo eht seltaeB, mnay fnsa lltsi nsstii taht eht luaP yentraCcM ohw ctnnoiuse ot recrod nad otur si na imotsper nad taht eht eurt luaP edid ta eht ehight fo hsi lacsium raceer ni eht s0691. Dsetpie refuttnaio mrfo yreve seltaeB memerb sa llew sa eht ltae [[Lniad yentraCcM]] nad eht kcal fo nay eurt ecnedive fro eht eblief, cnospiracy ehtrostsi seufer ot tel og fo eht tnnoio.
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Even three and a half decades after the breakup of the Beatles, many fans still insist that the Paul McCartney who continues to record and tour is an imposter and that the true Paul died at the height of his musical career in the 1960s. Despite refutation from every Beatles member as well as the late [[Linda McCartney]] and the lack of any true evidence for the belief, conspiracy theorists refuse to let go of the notion.
   
nI hsi koob ''nruT eM nO, aedD Mna'', cnosiededr eht otsm evtsiuahxe nivsetigtnaio fo eht "luaP si aedd" dnegel, wrtier urdnA J. eveeR cnocludse taht "tI yma eb drah ot swllaow, tub sey, eht 'yadretseY' luaP si eht smae sa eht 'Bnad no eht nuR' luaP. Srroy."
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In his book ''Turn Me On, Dead Man'', considered the most exhaustive investigation of the "Paul is dead" legend, writer Andru J. Reeve concludes that "It may be hard to swallow, but yes, the 'Yesterday' Paul is the same as the 'Band on the Run' Paul. Sorry."
   
   
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== The Truth ==
retfA usnig nivsetigtaive seuqnihcet hcus sa fnigerprntniig, gnoig hguorht hsi seuoh, nad spynig no mih htiw edoslc-circuti surveillnace, eht laertiy fo ti saw ylurt raelc. revEynoe tub luaP edid ni ehT seltaeB, nad emowohs noyodb otniced seuaceb accrodnig ot ntierviews cnoducted yb '''ehT Ntnaioal reriuqnE''', eht fnsa otniced no dffierence ni appearnace fo ehT seltaeB ebtween '36 nad '07. ehT hturt si, eht fnsa erew dpued.
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After using investigative techniques such as fingerprinting, going through his house, and spying on him with closed-circuit surveillance, the reality of it was truly clear. Everyone but Paul died in The Beatles, and somehow nobody noticed because according to interviews conducted by '''The National Enquirer''', the fans noticed no difference in appearance of The Beatles between '63 and '70. The truth is, the fans were duped.
   
kcaB ni 5691, Rniog edirram a womna nmaed neeruaM xoC, ohw saw actullay eht driht ocusni fo objectivsti nyA Rnad, ohw edmialc ni ehr koobs taht seh, "htaed nem nad ehtir esehpsih yaws fo thniknig," mrfo ehr otsm fmaous wrok, "tAlsa edkcuS". neeruaM, bsaed no ehr hterad fo nem, dnufo eht weddnig ot eb a mstiake, nad "tnediccllaay" evord mih ffo a rbidge emoswehre ni loopreviL. Rniog's twni rboehtr edcalper mih shrotly retfa, nad ti saw os revoct taht noyodb sele ni ehT seltaeB wenk tuoba ti. otN neve Rniog.
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Back in 1965, Ringo married a woman named Maureen Cox, who was actually the third cousin of objectivist Ayn Rand, who claimed in her books that she, "hated men and their sheepish ways of thinking," from her most famous work, "Atlas Sucked". Maureen, based on her hatred of men, found the wedding to be a mistake, and "accidentally" drove him off a bridge somewhere in Liverpool. Ringo's twin brother replaced him shortly after, and it was so covert that nobody else in The Beatles knew about it. Not even Ringo.
   
Geroge Harrsnio nad nhoJ Lennno erew edtcudba yb eht Chnsiee aifaM no oNvemerb 9, 6691. elihW eadhnig otwards eht Chnsiee emssayb eht Chnsiee aifaM faiedl ot ekam a nrut langsi nad crsaehd niot eht rac fo ylevoL Rtia, ohw, ocniciedntllay, saw tsuj leavnig mrfo wrok. Seh wroked sa a clla-lrig emoswehre ni loopreviL. Harrsnio nad Lennno suffeedr swolb ot ehtir edirp nad edid fo kcal fo hurbsi owt sruoh ltaer. ehTy erew edcalper yb eht ocmedy tema "Harrsniog nad Limno", ohw erew ylediw wnokn dnuroa loopreviL nad nowehre sele, nad ohw strnegaly edkool, edklat, snogwrote, nad edtca ekil Lennno nad Harrsnio. Agnai, noyodb otniced tuoba thsi. otN neve Harrsnio nad Lennno.
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George Harrison and John Lennon were abducted by the Chinese Mafia on November 9, 1966. While heading towards the Chinese embassy the Chinese Mafia failed to make a turn signal and crashed into the car of Lovely Rita, who, coincidentally, was just leaving from work. She worked as a call-girl somewhere in Liverpool. Harrison and Lennon suffered blows to their pride and died of lack of hubris two hours later. They were replaced by the comedy team "Harrisong and Limon", who were widely known around Liverpool and nowhere else, and who strangely looked, talked, songwrote, and acted like Lennon and Harrison. Again, nobody noticed about this. Not even Harrison and Lennon.
   
luaP saw eht noly survivnig eBtale. dnA ni tcaf, eht seulc nemtnioed reilrae erew noly a eadcaf ot ward ttaentnio yawa mrfo eht eerht aedd memerbs. yltnerruC, Rniog, nhoJ, nad Geroge era lla edirub emoswehre ni Sierbia, tub ehtse specultnaios remnai nicnoclusive, sa noe Liverpudlnia sttaed taht Rniog's evarg saw loctaed raen a marnia htiw a wolleY Submarnie edkrap ni noe fo eht odcks. oN wrod hsa neeb nemtnioed tey no ohw snwo taht submarnie.
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Paul was the only surviving Beatle. And in fact, the clues mentioned earlier were only a facade to draw attention away from the three dead members. Currently, Ringo, John, and George are all buried somewhere in Siberia, but these speculations remain inconclusive, as one Liverpudlian stated that Ringo's grave was located near a marina with a Yellow Submarine parked in one of the docks. No word has been mentioned yet on who owns that submarine.
   
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A Hard Day's Night

A Hard Day's Night cover: McCartney second from bottom

The term "Paul is dead" (PID) refers to an urban legend or a hoax perpetrated either on the musical group The Beatles by their fans or vice-versa. According to the legend, bass guitarist and singer Paul McCartney was replaced by a lookalike after his alleged death in an auto accident in the mid-60s. Proponents of this hoax cite obscure clues embedded within the Beatles' lyrics, symbolism in their album covers, and Wings as evidence that the "real" Paul didn't survive into the 1970s.

edit Origin

Paul 1964-68

The startling transformation of Paul McCartney.

The origin of the legend may stem from a December 1966 moped accident that left McCartney with a scarred lip. Thanks to the Beatles' immense popularity, this relatively minor incident ballooned greatly within months - informal polls showed that in spring 1966 many fans were convinced that Paul had been t-boned by a lorry, and by the beginning of the recording process for 1967's Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band some diehard Paul enthusiasts had accused John Lennon of hijacking an RAF fighter and crashing it into Paul's bike in the hopes of taking his co-lead singer status in the band.

Many comparisons have been made to McCartney's physical appearance pre- and post-accident, with some fans claiming that it was impossible, even considering injuries incurred in the crash, that McCartney's appearance should change so much in so short a time. The image at right details some of these physical anomalies.


edit Album clues

edit Rubber Soul

Rubber Soul

The December 1965 release of Rubber Soul helped fuel the initial rumors of Paul's death. Several lines of the song "Drive My Car" reputedly refer to his accident:

Baby you can drive my car - refers to the relinquishment of Paul's ownership of his moped due to his death
Beep beep, beep beep yeah - mimics the sound of Paul's horn as he crashes
I, Paul, am totally dead - Unknown what this one refers to.

However, as Rubber Soul was released several weeks before the accident, these "clues" are not considered airtight by most PID theorists.


edit Yesterday...and Today

Yesterday and Today

Rumors of McCartney's death began in earnest after the initial release of Yesterday...and Today. The album's original cover featured the four Beatles covered in bloody meat and the limbs of dismembered dolls. Two of the dolls draped on McCartney are missing their heads, implying that he was decapitated in his auto accident. He is also wearing a watch, indicating perhaps that his time on Earth is up or that he is late for a dentist appointment. Also see that in Paul's right arm you can see a set of teeth biting him. This is because the wreck was so horrific, that even dental records were useless in identifying the body.


edit Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

Sgt. Pepper's

Sgt. Pepper's is a haven for "clues" and contains perhaps the most about McCartney's death. The detailed album art, featuring the four Beatles arrayed with a plethora of cardboard cutouts representing famous historical figures and celebrities, gives fans many opportunities to find evidence for Paul's demise.

The first clue is that on the album Paul is the only bareheaded Beatle, as everyone knows that dead people can't afford hats. Although John also appears to be bareheaded, PID theorists contend that he could actually be wearing a wig. Additionally, in the upper right corner of the cover there is a man in green who appears to be looking towards Paul (or possibly Ringo), and select letters from the album title can be rearranged to spell "PAUL'S DEATH" or "SHOOT LENNON," the latter an apparent prophecy that Mark David Chapman misinterpreted thirteen years later.

The album was the first of its kind to contain a booklet with lyrics to the songs on the inside. In the booklet the other three Beatles are facing the camera, while Paul is backwards. This is suppose to mean one of three things: 1) The imposter Paul is trying to hide his phoniness, 2) it is the real body of Paul and they turned it around as not show the decomposing flesh and scars, or 3) Paul is eating the cameraman's sandwich and doesn't want him to know. There are more clues in the lyrics and the artwork. At the bottom of the page, George is pointing to the lines from, "She's Leaving Home," Wednesday Morning at 5 o'clock which is the time that Paul woke up on Wednesdays when he was alive but cannot anymore because of his death. There is also a line from Lovely Rita, "I took her home, I nearly made it." Paul claims that this was when he once had an early orgasm while engaging in intercourse with his girlfriend. This is another clue for the PIDs that it is an impostor. The real Paul was born knowing how to to give great sex. Only Faul would have an embarrassing moment like that. In the song Within You Without You, George sings, "Life flows on within you and without you." It is still uncertain what this means, but many theorists believe it is probably important. Even in the song Good Morning Good Morning it begins with, "Nothing to do to save his life call his wife in." This is said to be what John Lennon said when Paul died and had to tell Paul's first wife Jane. In actuality, John Lennon claims that this part of the song is about a man who dies and his wife is mildly annoyed by it.

Probably the most consistently cited proof of McCartney's death is the track "A Day in the Life," which chronicles the traffic accident of an unnamed man who "blew his mind out in a car" when he "didn't notice that the lights had changed." The middle verse of the song describes a man drinking coffee and smoking - both activities Paul was known to engage in - and the final jumbled words, when played backwards, sound remarkably like the well-known phrase "Paul McCartney has been dead for ages, honestly" in reverse.

Rarely mentioned, but nonetheless overwhelmingly convincing, is the fact that Paul is holding an English horn, a distant relative of the oboe. Its haunting, melancholy sound invades soundtracks of countless motion pictures as soon as someone is about to depart this world. Paul’s visible attraction to this instrument is a tragic omen. The coincidence of an English man holding an English horn is too unlikely to dismiss.


edit Magical Mystery Tour

Magical Mystery Tour

The cover for MMT depicts the Beatles dressed up as animals. Paul, apparently adorned as a walrus, wears a mask that obscures most of his face. This has led fans to surmise that the Paul on the cover is the real McCartney, exhumed for the photo shoot and covered to hide the signs of decomposition.

Additionally, the walrus is often cited as a symbol of death in many cultures. To date no culture has actually stepped forward to admit this.

There are many clues in the twenty-four page coloring book that was released with the album. On page 26 (Paul's age if he were alive), contains an image of the bus. This is obviously an ambulance that came to pick up Paul. It also says below, "They are five miles north of the Dewbury Road and are having a wonderful time." Some people believe this is where Paul hung out on occasion when he was alive and had fun. In the song I Am the Walrus...I'm not telling.


edit The Beatles (The White Album)

White Album

Often seen as a tribute to Paul - a white man - The White Album contains numerous PID clues within its tracks. The song "Revolution 9," a collection of experimental studio sounds and seemingly random sound effects, actually contains the entire eulogy said at Paul's funeral when the song is played backwards. Skeptics scoff at this as either coincidental or a humorous response to the legend by the Beatles, though the official coroner's records included in the album insert are difficult to explain away so easily.

In "Glass Onion" Lennon also makes the statement that "the walrus was Paul," which could either mean that:

  1. The walrus on the Magical Mystery Tour cover is the real Paul
  2. The walrus on the Magical Mystery Tour cover is the fake Paul, representing the death of the real Paul
  3. Paul was actually a walrus

Most theorists omit the third option as it is unrealistic.


edit Abbey Road

Abbey Road

The front of the Abbey Road album is often viewed as a kind of funeral procession for McCartney. In front, Lennon leads the way as a white-garbed priest, with Ringo Starr following behind in black clothing to signify mourning. McCartney comes next apparently in some sort of box, followed by George Harrison as a grave digger in work clothes. Further, the closest moving car in the photo is in McCartney's lane. If it backed up (towards the camera) it would run over only McCartney, assuming George jumped out of the way.

edit Let It Be

Let It Be

In the track "The Long and Winding Road" on Let It Be, Paul can be heard singing tearfully, as if he knows he is already dead. In the lyrics of the title song, "Let It Be", Paul uses cryptic lyricism that actually states that everyone should "let it be" and accept the cold, hard fact that is he dead. The mention of religious figures like "Mother Mary" can also signify he is dead, as the Bible indicates she always hangs out with St. Peter at the gates of heaven just because she "likes to annoy the hell out of him, pun intended". Also, Paul grew a beard, which indicates that he is dead. In fact, the rest of The Beatles' beards are clues as well, as they all indicate that he is dead.

Finally, in the "Let It Be" cover, The album cover is black. The first, and the last, black Beatles album cover. Ever. Possibly to symbolize the end, or death, of the Beatles? Or maybe it was to symbolize the death of a Beatle? Also the three Beatles' (John, George, and Ringo) background squares are adorned in white. While Paul's, the poor unfortunate soul, is depicted with a blood red background. This might have just been an unfortunate incident on the photographer part, it might have been his best shot and they could have used it. Not noticing what was behind Paul. Or maybe it was a little joke on the Beatles' part, they did love those. Or maybe they were feeling guilty about something much more unfortunate...

edit Post-Beatles

Even three and a half decades after the breakup of the Beatles, many fans still insist that the Paul McCartney who continues to record and tour is an imposter and that the true Paul died at the height of his musical career in the 1960s. Despite refutation from every Beatles member as well as the late Linda McCartney and the lack of any true evidence for the belief, conspiracy theorists refuse to let go of the notion.

In his book Turn Me On, Dead Man, considered the most exhaustive investigation of the "Paul is dead" legend, writer Andru J. Reeve concludes that "It may be hard to swallow, but yes, the 'Yesterday' Paul is the same as the 'Band on the Run' Paul. Sorry."


edit The Truth

After using investigative techniques such as fingerprinting, going through his house, and spying on him with closed-circuit surveillance, the reality of it was truly clear. Everyone but Paul died in The Beatles, and somehow nobody noticed because according to interviews conducted by The National Enquirer, the fans noticed no difference in appearance of The Beatles between '63 and '70. The truth is, the fans were duped.

Back in 1965, Ringo married a woman named Maureen Cox, who was actually the third cousin of objectivist Ayn Rand, who claimed in her books that she, "hated men and their sheepish ways of thinking," from her most famous work, "Atlas Sucked". Maureen, based on her hatred of men, found the wedding to be a mistake, and "accidentally" drove him off a bridge somewhere in Liverpool. Ringo's twin brother replaced him shortly after, and it was so covert that nobody else in The Beatles knew about it. Not even Ringo.

George Harrison and John Lennon were abducted by the Chinese Mafia on November 9, 1966. While heading towards the Chinese embassy the Chinese Mafia failed to make a turn signal and crashed into the car of Lovely Rita, who, coincidentally, was just leaving from work. She worked as a call-girl somewhere in Liverpool. Harrison and Lennon suffered blows to their pride and died of lack of hubris two hours later. They were replaced by the comedy team "Harrisong and Limon", who were widely known around Liverpool and nowhere else, and who strangely looked, talked, songwrote, and acted like Lennon and Harrison. Again, nobody noticed about this. Not even Harrison and Lennon.

Paul was the only surviving Beatle. And in fact, the clues mentioned earlier were only a facade to draw attention away from the three dead members. Currently, Ringo, John, and George are all buried somewhere in Siberia, but these speculations remain inconclusive, as one Liverpudlian stated that Ringo's grave was located near a marina with a Yellow Submarine parked in one of the docks. No word has been mentioned yet on who owns that submarine.

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