Paul is dead
Sgt. Pepper's lonely hearts club band - 1967
Here, the The Beatles
display a mischievious talent not unlike their talent in the studio, simply
masterfull. The crowd includes faces (and bodies) of many famous people who
passed away or have become outdated. Even the wax figures of the "early"
Beatles stand in. They're overlooking a grave site and each of the Beatles is
facing Paul who is facing forward into the grave (indicating his significance).
The drum that they surround plays an eerie role, place a mirror accross the
middle of the drum so that the reflective side is facing the top of the album.
Read what the reflection has created by looking at the words split by the edge
of the mirror: HE ^ DIE (Note that the arrow points to Paul). Its ironic that
each Beatle is holding an instrument: John, a brass French Horn; George, a brass
Flute; Ringo, a brass Trumpet; and Paul, a woodwind black Cor Anglais. The
flowers spell out the word "BEATLES" and there is a left handed bass
guitar there with 3 sticks upon it indicating that there are 3 remaining
Beatles. Some even believe that the guitar appears to spell, "PAUL?"
Above the Red "S" (of Beatles) is a doll wearing a green dress, she is
watching a burning car fall from a cliff (see the yellow below the Rolling
Stones doll?). There is another open palm above Paul's head. A doll sits off to
the side (Jane Asher?!) with red lines (blood) running down her dress. A small
car sits on her lap, a model of the car Paul was driving.
On the back cover, the Beatles are all facing forward except for Paul, who's turned around. George is pointing a "sixth finger at him, a sign of ill-omen. If you read across the back cover, from left to right, you can find all sorts of clues. Starting with "Somebody calls you, you answer quite slowly" (from Lucy), continue to read across "Wednesday Morning at five o'clock as the day begins", "life flows on within you and without you" (funny that the "without you" seems to extend from Paul's head), "you're on your own you're in the street". Inside the album, Paul has a patch on his left arm "O. P. D.", Officially Pronounced Dead? (Remember, these are rumors, it actually says: O. P. P. -- You down with that?)
Hmm, looks like William Campbell again ;). He always had a mustache or slight beard.
One last note, the paper sleeve that held the vinyl record looked like it had been soaked inblood! At the bottom it's bright red but then fades into a light pink at the top. Subsequent releases of this album did not have the red-faded-into-pink color scheme on the inner sleeve.
Sgt. Pepper's lyrics:
Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Heart's Club Band: "..so let me introduce to you the one and only Billy Shears and Sgt. Pepper's lonely heart's club band.." (Sgt. Pepper's Band is actually an idea taken from history (somewhere) where a man was able to take the place of another man without anyone catching on. Billy is a nice nickname for William Campbell, isn't it?)
Fixing A Hole: "..and it really doesn't matter if I'm wrong I'm right where I belong. See the Beatles standing there, they disagree.." "..silly Beatle run around, they worry me.." (William is adjusting to his new role)
She's Leaving Home: "..Wednesday morning at five o'clock as the day begins.." (the time of the fatal accident)
Lovely Rita: "..standing by a parking meter when I caught a glimpse of Rita.." (took his eyes off the road!)
Good Morning, Good Morning: "..nothing to do to save his life.." "..and you're on your own you're in the street.." "..people running around it's 5 o'clock.." "..watching the skirts you start to flirt, now you're in gear.."
A Day In The Life: "..I saw the photograph. He blew his mind out in a car, he didn't notice that the lights had changed. A crowd of people stood and stared they'd seen his face before, nobody was really sure if he was from the house of *Paul*.."
note: extract from www.rareexception.com
Site created by Riccardo Bertola with Microsoft FrontPage 2000.
Thanks to Cristina Bertola for translations.