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The Abbey Road LP Front Cover

In the fall of 1969, shortly after the release of the Beatles’ album Abbey Road, a wild rumor started spreading across America: was Paul McCartney dead? The cover of Abbey Road started it all!

As you look at the four Beatles, you’ll will see that Paul is the only one out of step, to draw attention to Paul.  Also Paul is the only one barefoot, which allegedly is how people are buried in several countries. The Beatles are shown walking in a specific order. John dressed in white, as a religious person would be.  Ringo dressed as an undertaker.  Paul, shabby suited and barefoot, resembles a corpse; and finally George, in old jeans, is a gravedigger.  The cover of Abbey Road is a funeral procession. A closer look at Paul will reveal something else: he's a holding his cigarette—also known as the coffin nail—in his right hand, and any Beatle maniac knows that Paul is left-handed.  This is a most significant clue as who we are seeing on the cover; perhaps not Paul McCartney but in fact a replacement who filled in for Paul after his death. 

Policeman on Abbey Road The Beatles

Behind George Harrison appears a white Volkswagen which looks like an innocent car until one checks out the license plate: 28 IF.  It means of course that Paul would have been 28 if he was still alive.  The policemen on the other side of the street symbolize the police who were called to the scene of the original McCartney accident in 1966 and were paid off to hush up the whole affair.  

By now many of you are probably thinking of ways to discredit these clues.  The Beatles themselves tried to do just that in 1969.  You're wrong, you may be thinking, regarding Paul’s being 28 if he were alive in the fall of 1969.  It has been pointed out that he would have only been 27, but he would have been in his 28th year of existence, and by Indian belief would be 28 as one's first year as a fetus is counted as part of one's life; and the Beatles made no secret of their fascination with Indian beliefs.

Yellow VW Beetle 28IF

The back cover of the Abbey Road LP held interesting clues also: the main “Beatles” has a crack running through it on the “s,” making the name imperfect. The eight dots before the word Beatles when connected form the number three rather than four. When visiting the wall in 1970 there were in fact 13 dots on the wall but the picture purposely included only these eight dots.  Passing through this otherwise clear photograph is a girl in a blue dress.  What's the reason for this?  Hold the album some distance away and observe her elbow, what will appear is the image of Paul McCartney’s profile.

The Beatles Abbey Road Back Cover Girl in blue Dress

The back cover of Abbey Road held some great clues. Notice the girl walking in the picture in the blue dress, if you hold the album away from you and look at her arm you will see the profile of Paul McCartney.

The Beatles has a crack that is running through the S making the name imperfect.

The Beatles Abbey Road 8 Dots the number 3

If you connect the 8 dots together before the word Beatles it is the number 3 "The 3 Beatles" instead of 4.

You got to admit Abbey Road was no mistake in placing weird clues for all of us to find. This album cover was staged without a doubt!

Song on the Abbey Road Album are particularly telling

The Beatles Come together

Here come old flattop he come grooving up slowly
He got joo-joo eyeball he one holy roller
He got hair down to his knee
Got to be a joker he just do what he please

He wear no shoeshine he got toe-jam football
He got monkey finger he shoot coca-cola
He say "I know you, you know me"
One thing I can tell you is you got to be free
Come together right now over me

He bag production he got walrus gumboot
He got Ono sideboard he one spinal cracker
He got feet down below his knee
Hold you in his armchair you can feel his disease
Come together right now over me

He roller-coaster he got early warning
He got muddy water he one mojo filter
He say "One and one and one is three"
Got to be good-looking 'cause he's so hard to see
Come together right now over me

You will recall a description of the person having hair down to his knees.  After dying a person continues to have nail and hair growth, since hair and nails contain protein which continues to grow.  The song continues, “he wears no shoeshine,” a barefoot person like Paul on the Abbey Road cover.  He played “toe jam football,” rugby, which Paul played quite well.  He got “monkey finger,” skinny and bony like a skeleton's.  Also “I know you, you know me, come together.” According to the theorist, Paul singing from his grave. You will also recall the line “One and one and one is three.” This refers to the fact that there are now only three Beatles.

Secret Message

The song  Sun King draws his title from historical literature.  The Sun King was the name given to Louis XIV of France.  This powerful monarch was the subject of Alexander Dumas's Man in the Iron Mask—a piece of historical fiction about a twin brother of Louis who was sentenced to wear an iron mask to prevent his public identification.  However the twin, ended up replacing the real Louis without anyone but his closest associates knowing about the switch.  The whole scenario resembles the theory of Paul been replaced and the change being covered up.

The finale of the album includes three songs which run into one another, besides being some of the most brilliant and tight playing in their careers.  The Beatles suggest several things from the titles.  “Golden slumbers,” a long sleep; “Carry That Weight,” a corpse filled coffin; and “The End,”…no explanation needed.

Now some History on The Abbey Road Album:

After the near-disastrous sessions for the proposed Get Back album (later retitled Let it Be, Paul McCartney suggested to producer George Martin that the group get together and make an album "just like the old days. .. just like we used to", free of the conflict that began with the sessions for The White Album. Martin agreed to this if the band would be "the way they used to be. In their interviews for the Beatles Anthology series, the surviving band members stated they knew at the time this would very likely be the final Beatles' product, and therefore they agreed to set aside their differences and "go out on a high note."

With the Let It Be album partly finished, the sessions for Abbey Road began in April, as the "Ballad of John and Yoko
"/"Old Brown Shoes" single was completed. Most of the album was recorded between July 2 and August 1, 1969. After the album was finished and released, the Get Back/Let It Be project was re-examined. More work was done on the album, including the recording of additional music (see Let It Be album). Although people often label Abbey Road as the "last album recorded by the Beatles", this is a misnomer. Songs for Let It Be were added after Abbey Road was released. However, since the bulk of Let It Be was recorded before Abbey Road, it would be wrong to label that album as the Beatles' last, either. Properly, Abbey Road was the last album started by The Beatles before they disbanded.

The two album sides are quite different in character. Side one is a collection of single tracks, while side two consists of a long suite of compositions, many of them being relatively short and segued together. The main impetus behind the suite approach was to incorporate the various short and incomplete Lennon and McCartney compositions the group had available into an effective part of the album. John Lennon said several times that he favored the more polished material on side one, while Paul McCartney opined that the medley on side two was the album's best feature.

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