Here are a few highlights:
- In the final section of "Strawberry Fields," John says, "I buried Paul."
- The way the individual band members are arranged on the Abbey Road album cover is meant to represent a funeral procession, with Paul playing the role of the deceased.
You totally see it, right?
- The license plate of the Volkswagen in the background of that same album cover reads "28 IF," a reference to the fact that Paul would've been 28 if he'd actually lived to be present for that photo.
And the "LMW" means "Linda McCartney Weeps"!
There are a few problems with these clues. For starters, John Lennon said in an interview with Rolling Stone that the words he's saying at the end of "Strawberry Fields" are actually "cranberry sauce." I know that doesn't sound any less insane, but still, he'd know what he said better than anyone else. The funeral procession clue is reading a whole lot into the fact that four men showed up for an album cover photo shoot dressed exactly as they dressed in real life at the time and then, at some point, walked across the street in a particular order. As for the license plate, well, that's just all around false. Paul was 27 at the time.
Oh, also the article that first pointed out these "clues" was meant to be satire. Back then stopping false news stories from spreading wasn't as simple as posting the word "FAKE" followed by the emoji of your choice on someone's timeline. Much to the writer's surprise, the story was quickly picked up as national news. To this day, those clues are cited as proof among those who still cling to the "Paul Is Dead" legend.
At least the man himself has a sense of humor about it all. He proved that when he released a concert album in 1993 called Paul Is Live ...
Or is he????