Paul McCartney is Dead

James Kim, Staff Writer

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Everyone knows The Beatles. They are considered one of the greatest rock bands of all time. John, Paul, Ringo, and George have written and performed some great, notable songs, including “Let it Be,” “Hey Jude,” “Here Comes the Sun,” “Yesterday,” “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” and many more. As time passed by, the band eventually split and John and George passed away. Paul and Ringo are currently alive, but many believe that Paul actually died in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike.

It all started in 1969 at Drake University in Iowa. An editor of the student newspaper published an article titled “Is Beatle Paul McCartney Dead?”, which discussed a rumor around campus of Paul’s supposed death in a car accident. This rumor spread very quickly and the widely accepted narrative was that after arguing with his bandmates, Paul had driven off angrily and crashed his Aston Martin. In addition, to avoid grief, his bandmates replaced him with a look-alike, who had the real name of William Campbell.
There are many “clues” that people have used to prove this story. Many include the interpretation of lyrics in songs when played backward. When “Revolution #9” is reversed, some people hear “turn me on, dead man”, a message that refers to Paul. In addition, many listeners hear John Lennon singing “I buried Paul” at the end of “Strawberry Fields Forever”. However, John denied this and stated that he was instead singing, “cranberry sauce”. Lastly, many believe that Paul’s death can be seen on the cover of “Abbey Road”, which depicts his funeral. John, dressed in white, is seen as the minister, Ringo, dressed in black, is the undertaker, George, who is in denim, the grave digger, and barefooted Paul, who is the corpse.

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