Faces in Toast – Fish Delusions (24) – 1969


But look at how it comes together. Lennon’s penchant for mystery turns on Charles Manson who is psychotic; he listens to the White Album and thinks he’s hearing about a race war.

OK, that’s psychosis, except it should be pretty obvious that Satan actually wouldn’t mind a race war or someone that is crazy acting out to somehow participate in one.

Plus, in 1968 a race war wouldn’t exactly be a radical idea; within a week of LBJ’s announcement to not seek re-election Martin Luther King is assassinated and a race war was a distinct possibility at the time.

They just happen to show up at the Polanski-Tate residence and carry out an act that ends Sharon Tate’s life while at the very least invoking a theme similar to Polanski’s “demonic” movie.

So, the mystery actually fuels the crime even though no one other than Manson’s group actually intends anything harmful.

And even his group didn’t seem to have any motive directed at Tate herself, it’s just a house they knew of because they had visited there earlier in the year. It’s an almost random act by the people actually involved that seems quite poignant when viewed after the fact.

Soon after this, Abbey Road comes out and college underground radio begins to buzz with a new topic. Paul McCartney was supposedly killed in 1966 and replaced with a lookalike. This rumor goes from campuses in Illinois to Michigan and in Detroit a couple of DJs start fielding on-air calls discussing the rumor.

One person tells DJ Russ Gibb to take Revolution Number 9 and play it backwards; he does and hears “Turn me on, dead man” and the Paul is dead rumor explodes across America.

Paul McCartney is actually interviewed and put on the cover of Life Magazine to try and dispel the rumor that he is dead.

Strangely enough, no one seems to quite be able to convince everyone that he is in fact still alive.


Well because the clues are really there. They are in the music and they are in the artwork. Not just a couple, there are dozens and dozens of them.


There must be a reason why, everyone reasons…

Well let’s go back to Charles Manson. Here’s someone who took the Beatles “clues” and completely twisted them as a justification for evil.

However the actions of their group also should have served some rather frightening clues themselves; but just as their group gets caught, Paul is Dead takes off and switches the focus of the Beatles clues and more importantly any connection between Beatles clues and other Pop culture coincidences squarely onto Paul and away from any other interpretation.

(And when I say “just as”, I mean the same day. October 12th, 1969 is when “Tom” called Russ Gibb about Revolution Number 9 and is also when the Manson Ranch was raided. October 12 also happens to be the day Aleister Crowley was born. The oddest coincidence may be that the Abbey Road cover shoot, which launched the Paul is Dead phenomenon, actually took place mere hours before the Sharon Tate murders. )

And, Detroit isn’t quite as “random” as it might seem. Terry Knight, a relative unknown at the time, although he did know at least a couple of the members of the Beatles, was from the Detroit area and for some reason that seems to defy any explanation, was summoned to Apple Headquarters to speak with the group.

He came out of that encounter with the inspiration for a song entitled Saint Paul. He had the song produced and published by MacLen which is McCartney – Lennon and their Apple Co.

The song was out months before Paul is dead took off and contains these lyrics.

I looked into the sky
Everything was high
Higher than it seemed to be to me
Standing by the sea
Thinking I was free
Did I hear you call or was I dreaming then St. Paul..

You..knew it all along
Something had gone wrong
They couldn’t hear your song of sadness in the air
While they were crying out beware
Your flowers and long hair
While you and Sgt Pepper saw the writing on the wall…

You saved one minute of your life to the future
They said they’ve got dues to pay today
You say it’s a fool who plays it cool Sir
And if tomorrow comes you know they’ll all hear St. Paul say..

Let me take you down down down down down down down down…

You had a different view
Hey there Paul what’s new?
Did Judas really talk to you or did you put us on?
I think there’s something wrong
It’s taken you too long to change the world
Sir Isaac Newton said it had to fall
Hey St Paul…

(Hey Jude reprise instrumental for a bit)

You saved one minute of your life to the future
They said they’ve got dues to pay today
You say it’s a fool who plays it cool Sir
And if tomorrow comes you know they’ll all hear St. Paul say..

I read the news today oh boy…

(ADITL orchestra build)

You had a different view
Hey there Paul what’s new?
Did Judas talk to you or did you put the whole world on?
I think there’s something wrong
It’s taken you too long to change the world
Sir Isaac Newton told you it would fall

You didn’t listen St Paul..

Hey Jude reprise..

Na..na na na na na na na na…Hey Paul
Na..na na na na na na na na…Hey Paul


You say yes, I say no I say hi…

Lucy in the sky with diamonds

She loves you yeah yeah yeah
She loves you yeah yeah yeah
She loves you yeah yeah yeah

Love is all you need (13 times)

Once Paul is Dead did take off, some of the more shrewd started to look back on this song and wonder what in the world Terry Knight was talking about; and understood that this song was published through the Beatles themselves and came out months before October 12th 1969.

But while it certainly alludes to some sort of mystery involving Paul, if you honestly look at the lyrics it seems to foreshadow something other than Paul being dead, what in Sgt. Pepper did Paul see “on the wall” and what did “Judas” tell him?

Much like many of the Beatles songs from this period, Saint Paul could be taken many ways.

The Judas reference from Hey Jude supports this article very well, however we also have been told about it being for Julian Lennon from Paul as Julian’s parents were splitting up.

Some of the lyrics support that, others really do not.

Like Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds, we know by now that it really was a drawing by Julian and there really is a Lucy, but at the same time to believe John didn’t see “LSD” in the title and imagery regardless of how innocent the origin was is ludicrous.

Likewise The movement you need is on your shoulder in Hey Jude and a few other lyrics don’t seem to relate to Julian at all.

This is what we always face when confronting song meanings and no one really helps and that is by design.

To be honest, the artists quite often aren’t when relating song meanings or any of their other creative choices.

To ask which Beatle wanted Aleister Crowley on Sgt. Pepper is to expect an answer that hasn’t come for 43 years. Ringo deferred, George picked Eastern gurus, that leaves John or Paul and no one seems to know which one for sure.

So, back to Saint Paul we have another challenge in discerning what Terry Knight really was referring to in many places of this song.

Doesn’t it come across as something Paul chose not to participate in, or possibly backed out of? Or had deferred somehow?

Paul helped to fund a London underground newspaper in 1966 called the International Times. Fortunately for us, they have now archived all of their issues online.

In issue 6, we find this interview with McCartney: http://www.internationaltimes.it/index.php?year=1967&volume=IT-Volume-1&issue=6&item=IT_1967-01-16_B-IT-Volume-1_Iss-6_008-009

As you read, you’ll see that for some reason that isn’t quite explained, he considers himself to be “2” and the other 22 years of his life was someone else, a figurative rebirth so-to-speak.

An excerpt:

“To take a film and to superimpose on top of it so you can’t quite tell what it is anymore, it’s all trying to create magic, it’s all trying to make things happen so that you don’t know why they’ve happened.”

If you question the authenticity of this interview or the Beatles involvement with this publication, just move forward one page to the last page of his interview.

There is a cartoon underneath that shows a “Seedy Bee’s Mystery Tour” bus. This issue of International Times is in January of 1967, a full 11 months before Magical Mystery Tour came out.

Is this where they got the idea?

If you read through the issues you get a pretty good sense of the stream of consciousness of not only the Beatles but a number of late 60’s acts; you’ll see how prominent that Yoko Ono and the Indica gallery is, that Roman Polanski was at Yoko’s premiere on the infamous 11/9/66 date which might help explain why John screamed “It’s all Roman Polanski’s fault” 7 years later in a drunken rage.

You also read that The Pink Floyd, prior to having recorded anything, was typically the house band in 1966 (before later recording Piper at the Gates of Dawn right next door to the Beatles in Abbey Road), and also that Aleister Crowley, Black Magic and the Golden Dawn aren’t hidden from our view at all.


It’s all right out in the open if you read it, and Paul McCartney helped launch this paper. In fact, in Issue 9 in early ’67 you will see the name Ian Iachimoe listed as the emergency contact.

Ian Iachimoe was used as a pseudonym by Paul McCartney at one point while autographing a well known copy of the Paperback Writer single, seemingly because it’s the name Paul McCartney when played in reverse.

McCartney is mentioned often in the early issues, one issue even says he gave the paper money, but he never seems to be mentioned again after June of 1967.

Could this “scene” have been what Terry Knight was talking about?

I think if you look at the lyrics to Saint Paul honestly that you see something. We don’t quite understand what that something is or refers to; but do you get the impression that Paul has made some sort of choice by somehow “saving one minute to the future”?

And yes the song could be an allegory about the state of the band, but there are also some references in the song that seem rather inside and confusing; so if you took it more as a double-entendre:

And if he’s around tomorrow…then what?

Let me take you down

I heard the news today oh boy.

Those are Lennon lyrics.

If Paul McCartney is around tomorrow then does something happen to John instead?

Do you get the impression that something bad has to happen to either Paul or to John?

Is this what he means?

When John was asked about the cover of Sgt. Pepper in 1967 and his infamous cryptic response was “two are flying, two are not”, no one ever could reason what he meant; other than he’s making an inside joke that none of us understood.

Are John and Paul trying to somehow “will” a necessary sacrifice of some sort to the other person?

Is that what this is all really about? “Someone” has to go and who’s it going to be?

That sounds absurd, or the plot to Help!, but if an artist or a band thinks that someone is offering them a gift but there’s a price, do you take the “gift” and laugh off the “price”?

Did they think it was all a game, up until Tara Browne, Brian Jones and then Sharon Tate let them know it wasn’t?

Or, maybe Paul realized at some point that it wasn’t a game at all…

(In Help! Ringo needs to be painted Red in order to be sacrificed)

How many prominent bands of this era, all seemingly connected to the same “scene” that we aren’t outwardly privy to, lost exactly one member to an early death?

Is it possible that if a band were to make a Faustian deal, and one member changed his mind, that the others would start painting him red, so to speak; in an attempt to tell the local demon to get him, not us?

As the sixties come to a close, the glory of peace and love and the moon and Woodstock being slightly tainted at the end by Manson and Altamont;  it’s a simple question. A question that most people give up on once they reason that Paul isn’t actually dead.

If Paul is dead isn’t accurate, who would drive that deception and why?

Well let’s peek ahead a bit for a second.

Two years later, John wrote this:

So Sgt. Pepper took you by surprise,
You better see right thru that mother’s eyes,
Those freaks was right when they said you was dead,
The one mistake you made was in your head,
How do you sleep?
Ah how do you sleep at night?
You live with straights who tell you you was king,
Jump when your mamma tell you any thing,
The only thing you did was yesterday,
And since your gone you’re just another day,
How do you sleep?
Ah how do you sleep at night?
A pretty face may last a year or two,
But pretty soon they’ll see what you can do,
The sound you make is muzak to my ears,
You must have learnt something all those years,
How do you Sleep?
Ah how do you sleep at night

What could Paul have done to make John wonder how he sleeps at night?

And why does this song and Saint Paul both use inside references to Sgt. Pepper?

And really, how could John Lennon possibly believe that Paul McCartney doesn’t have songwriting ability? Especially when Paul did the bulk of Sgt. Pepper which John just pointed to a verse earlier?

Not to be obtuse, because John’s granny music belief is understood, but he couldn’t really hear the likes of Let It Be and still believe Paul couldn’t write on his own, could he?

Could the assertion actually be that Paul has now “lost” a gift?

In some iterations of the story of Faust, the person making the deal tries to outsmart the devil.

The best way to beat the devil, which many have tried to do in the various stories, is to simply walk away from the deal. But if a band makes a deal, and a member walks away, are the others left “holding the bag”?

Saint Paul talks about “Dues to pay today”, the Death Cab for Cutie sequence in Magical Mystery Tour says over and over “Someone’s going to make you pay your fare”.

But if you decide to be alive in the future, A Day in the Life so to speak, and walk away from a deal, that’s what you get, right?

Maybe Paul is Dead happened precisely because Paul broke a Faustian deal in order to stay alive…

And lest we have a post about 1969 that fails to include Woodstock, the festival happened 24 years to the day from the end of World War 2.















1964 (November 22nd 1963)






The 27 Club













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