The “Paul Is Dead” Conspiracy Theory: True Or False?


Apparently, Paul McCartney didn’t write “Maybe I’m Amazed,” form Wings, or father any of his children.

Paul Is DeadAt least, he didn’t do any of those things according to the Paul Is Dead believers.

Beatle-loving conspiracy theorists say he died in a car crash in 1966, and everyone has been covering it up ever since. They say the band hired a look-a-like, sound-a-like, and act-a-like and continued as if nothing had changed.

But soon — whether from guilt (if the theory is true) or just to mess with people (if the theory is false) — they started leaving hints.

They would drop clues in their songs — clues that Paul was in fact dead.

Paul Is DeadIn George Harrison’s “Taxman,” he gives “advice for those who die,” apparently referring to Paul.

And people say the Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album is one big clue. In fact, if you hold a mirror up to the album cover, you could read the words Lonely Hearts on the drum logo as “1 ONE 1 X HE DIE 1 ONE 1.”

Also, theorists say this was a new band with Paul’s replacement, someone named Billy Shears.

The song “A Day In The Life” has the lyrics, “He blew his mind out in a car.” If you reverse that song, you can hear someone saying, “Paul is dead, miss him, miss him.”

At the end of “Strawberry Fields Forever,” Lennon says, “I buried Paul,” although he says it was actually “cranberry sauce.”

And then of course, we all know about Abbey Road. Because Paul’s the only one not wearing shoes, he had been replaced, saying he didn’t need them because he was dead. (But we know the reasonable explanation for that).

This rumor started in London that Paul had died in a car crash. The story got legs after American university students ran the idea in a school publication. Then a radio DJ discussed it on air.

And so on and forth. The rumor spread.

What other evidence do you know of that shows Paul McCartney died? Let us know in the comments.

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Caleb Murphy is a musician who writes about music. His writing appears in Consequence Of Sound, Pittsburgh City Paper, and some other cool places. He blogs about music at
  • Jerry Edward Johnson

    Gotta admit, the fake Paul is a much better songwriter than the original Paul. Look at all the A sides he got once he replaced the old Paul.

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