Originally posted by intrptr
Besides the extraordinary music (for their time, ahead of their time) they were unsure of their continuing appeal and made up these little
"fanasties" (like Paul dying) to bolster album sales.
I don't discount that possibility. In fact, it's a highly plausible one. However, even if you're very much on the right track, I suspect it would
be something a bit more complex than you're making it out to be. I could be wrong, and it could be that simple. However....
...as I pointed out in one of my earlier posts in this thread, a few people have speculated that The Beatles actually planned out a kind of puzzle. A
crackable code, if you will, and made Sgt. Pepper the centerpiece and main key of that puzzle (although clues to this supposedly appeared on a number
of later Beatles and solo works). I linked to a thread on the Nothing Is Real forums that explains the sort of idea I'm trying to relay.
"Solution to the Sgt. Pepper Enigma" Thread
If you listen to OP's theory in this thread, which he presents over multiple posts on the first couple pages of said thread, the cover
Pepper is the key to the puzzle, and it also involves heavy word-play and possible symbolism. He believes the code may relate firstly to a particular
story by Edgar Allan Poe, The Gold Bug
, which features a beetle (and of course, Sgt Pepper featuring Poe on the cover.) And secondly, the
puzzle may have a bit to do with Lewis Carroll as well. Carroll is also one of the figures on the cover. And Carroll aside from being a known idol of
Lennon, is alluded to quite heavily in a lot of the beatles music. From Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds ("Lacie" is supposedly a nickname Carroll gave
to his character "Alice"..rocking horse people, looking-glass "ties" [connections] etc..) to I am the Walrus and tons more. If you're a big fan,
just keep this in mind the next time you're listening to post-Pepper stuff. I'll get back to "looking glasses" in a moment I really recommend you
check the thread out if you find this idea interesting-- as this guy makes a brilliant case, much more elaborate than I've touched on...
Anyway, here's what I feel is one of the more interesting clues. Speaking of a "looking glass," if you hold a mirror horizontally across the drum
head on the Sgt. Pepper cover, you reveal a possible hidden message:
I ONE I X ♢ HE DIE -- where the little diamond/arrow is pointing at Paul Some have theorized this may mean November 9th or September 11th is the
date he died. In the theory from the thread I mentioned above, he ties that in with the Poe story, as Paul is symbolic of the "dead man" in the Poe
story, which is supposed to lead one to "buried treasure." Proponents of the esoteric symbolism theory would suggest this is because Paul, the
symbolic initiate, has died and was reborn into the mysteries. Classic esoteric death-and-rebirth symbolism.
Regardless of how you interpret it, if you think it's just "coincidence" then IMO you're the one who may be grasping....
Maybe one coincidence, sure. But many things taken together?
How about this one: On one demo version, of the song Let It Be
, McCartney can be heard singing the lyrics Read the record mirror, Let It
A clip of this can be heard in the iamaphoney vid I linked earlier (and a couple other online docs), and the beatles wiki page
Acknowledges this weird lyrical departure.
On that note, if you hold up a mirror vertically at the right spot on the same cover, you get an image which many see as A Walrus
Wait... didn't Carroll write something about a Walrus
and an Egg Man
Goo Goo G'joob.
Oh, and if you want what I feel is real proof that Paul McCartney is a really funny guy (or else something really funny
is going on...)
+ "looking glass" =