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Is Paul McCartney dead? The Sgt. Pepper clues...

The front cover was a gem of a find: one sees the four Beatles all holding instruments which are inappropriate to them. But of the four, only Paul is holding a wooden for coffin instrument it’s also black for death. Also three Beatles are facing the camera at an angle but Paul appears straight on as if he were being propped up by Ringo and George.
The whole cover is a grave scene with the word “Beatles” being spelled out in flowers— red hyacinths, the mythological flower of death. The yellow flowers have been interpreted as being a left-handed bass guitar complete with strings. Or, if one looks sideways, the yellow flowers resemble a “P” for Paul.

The personalities on the album are interesting. John Lennon on Tony Palmer's “All You Need is Love” TV series comments that “the people on the Sergeant Pepper cover…two are flying, two are not.” Apparently an inside joke, whatever the inside joke is. Let's look at the personalities. This is a great album to have in front of you as you listen to the "Is Paul Dead Radio show."
First, Paul is the only one with a hand over his head—a symbol of death representing the hand of a religious leader who blesses the body before it's interned. The owner of this hand, who is staring at Paul, is the writer Stephen Crane most famous for his war story “The Red Badge of Courage.” Mr. Crane himself died when he was 28 years old. Another one of Mr. Crane short stories is called “The Open Boat” and concerns four men who struggle to survive in a lifeboat. The one most determined to keep the group together dies in the ordeal; the other three then act as interpreters of the event.
Other famous but dead people looking at Paul includes. Edgar Allan Poe himself died in a tragic death; Marilyn Monroe, a suicide victim; James Dean, who died in a cycle crash; Jayne Mansfield, decapitated in a car crash; and the other dead Beatle, Stuart Sutcliffe. There seems to be quite a collection of dead heroes.

The cover of Sergeant Pepper conveniently opens up. The inside photo again shows Paul being propped up by two other Beatles: Paul in the fetal position, which is how Indians bury their dead. A closer look at Paul’s uniform shows his white bars and epaulets trimmed in black for death. But the real clincher that theorists felt was on his left arm. Paul is wearing a patch which reads O.P.D. which in England stands for “Officially Pronounced Dead” —in America the equivalent to D.O.A. “Dead On Arrival”.

The back cover of Sergeant Pepper also holds some clues. Of the four Beatles, only Paul has his back towards the camera in the same pose as his body is on the front cover. Notice also that the braids on the other three Beatles are now on their left sides, whereas on the front the braids were on the right. These braids have been consciously changed as wearing them on the left side is part of the military funeral dress code in England. Paul also has three black buttons on his coat representing the mourning of the other three Beatles. Finally notice George's hand is pointing to a line of lyrics “Wednesday morning at five o'clock” this is the time that theorists say Paul was O.P.D: Officially Pronounced Dead after his tragic accident during the night.

On the back cover of the original album, George appears to be pointing at the words "Wednesday morning at five o'clock as the day begins", which was supposed to have been the time of Paul's fatal accident. Note: the picture of the Beatles that originally appeared on the back cover of the LP is shown on pages 12 and 13 of the CD booklet, but the lyrics are not presented in the same way as they were on the LP. Also Paul has his back to the camera on the back cover of Sgt. Peppers.

The music was loaded with clues. It's the first time we hear about Billy Shears and William Campbell. William Campbell had won a Paul McCartney look a like contest a year earlier in Scotland and was carefully trained and groomed in Paul McCartney's music style, to replace the dead Beatle. The Beatles refer to him in the title song on the Sgt. Peppers album and introduce him to us as Billy Shears.
William Cambpell from Scotland has not been heard from since the famous Paul McCartney look a like contest in 1965. Is Paul McCartney Dead?
Now for a little history of the Sgt. Peppers album.. Now for a little history of the Sgt. Peppers album..
Other lyrics in Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band had some strong things to say:

It was twenty years ago today
Sgt. Pepper taught the band to play
They've been going in and out of style
But they're guaranteed to raise a smile
So may I introduce to you
The act you've known for all these years
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band

We're Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
We hope you will enjoy the show
We're Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
Sit back and let the evening go
Sgt. Pepper's lonely, Sgt. Pepper's lonely
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
It's wonderful to be here
It's certainly a thrill
You're such a lovely audience
We'd like to take you home with us
We'd love to take you home

I don't really want to stop the show
But I thought that you might like to know
That the singer's going to sing a song
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


It was rumored in 1969 that Billy Shears was the name of a band leader in England. When he died in 1947 he said that he would be resurrected in 20 years. The LP was released in 1967.

“With a Little Help From My Friends”

What would you think if I sang out of tune?
Would you stand up and walk out on me?
Lend me your ears and I'll sing you a song
And I'll try not to sing out of key
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm going to try with a little help from my friends

What do I do when my love is away?
(Does it worry you to be alone?)
How do I feel by the end of the day?
(Are you sad because you're on your own?)
No I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm I get high with a little help from my friends
Mm going to try with a little help from my friends

(Do you need anybody?)
I need somebody to love
(Could it be anybody?)
I want somebody to love

(Would you believe in a love at first sight?)
Yes I'm certain that it happens all the time
(What do you see when you turn out the light?)
I can't tell you, but I know it's mine
Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm I get high with a little help from my friends
Oh I'm going to try with a little help from my friends

(Do you need anybody?)
I just need somebody to love
(Could it be anybody?)
I want somebody to love

Oh I get by with a little help from my friends
Mm going to try with a little help from my friends
Oh I get high with a little help from my friends
Yes I get by with a little help from my friends
With a little help from my friends


A Little help from my friends, the theorists contend that Billy Campbell who is filling in, was the Billy shears that they spoke of. “What would do if I sang out of tune?
Would you stand up and walk out on me?” He's not yet able to get the voice just right, so he's trying to stay in tune.

6 comments:

The Research Garage said...

The yellow flowers in the shape of a bass guitar spell out "paul?" with a question mark!

Anonymous said...

What about the fact that the title is Sgt. PEPPER? Pepper is black. The color black represents death in a lot of cultures...

Paul IS Definitely Dead said...

What about the fact that it is SERGEANT Peppers Band? A Sergeant is 2nd in command of a platoon or squad in the military. Just like Paul was basically 2nd in command of the Beatles (being that it was originally John's band). So, it's Sgt.(Paul) Peppers (black - representing death) Lonely Hearts (because Paul was dead) Club Band.

I believe Paul is dead said...

Exact 1 year before Paul "died" they gave out a song that in the ending he mumbles something that backwards gets to be "Paul is a dead man, miss him, miss him, MISS HIM!" and I think they just had a lot fun after that with editing the photos, made some clues and such in albums and songs to get more attention, to get people to buy they'r songs. But thats just what I think.

+KRISTIINA+ said...

I read some articles and i don't know what to think... Afterall, there are so many clues. I think i kinda believe that he's dead :(

Anonymous said...

Has anyone else noticed that on the right is a doll. On the right of the doll is a white drving glove covered in blood.... Ir probably refers to the car accident Paul (mabey) died in :(