Sir Paul McCartney is, without doubt, one of the most successful musicians of his generation not only for being one of the iconic foursome that made up the Beatles but also because of his impressing solo career.
But there is one truly bizarre conspiracy that continues to follow him around – that he died in 1966 and was replaced by a lookalike.
As crazy as it sounds, the theory gained such momentum that Macca himself was forced to deny he had died, in an interview in 1969.
Yesterday marked 50 years since the Beatles separated and the song many conspiracists dubbed the “smoking gun” has now been uncovered by Daily Star Online.
Saint Paul, by musician and producer Terry Knight, was released in May 1969 and proved popular in the midwest of the US.
Despite never referring to death, the cryptic lyrics in the song are seen by believers as a nod to the “Paul is dead” theory.
The title itself was enough to get tongues wagging at the time – people are more often than not sainted after their death so the accompaniment of “Saint” with “Paul” may hint at the conspiracy.
Delving into the song, Knight sings in the second verse “something had gone wrong, they couldn’t hear your song”.
Theorists on the online forum “Paul was replaced” suggest the “gone wrong” line references the singer dying and being replaced.
But, despite dropping clues throughout his music, the fans hadn’t got the message (“they couldn’t year your song”).
In the chorus, King sings: “Hey there Paul what’s new? Did Judas really talk to you or did you put us on? I think there’s something wrong.”
This, the wacky theory goes, shows Knight had realised there was a “fake Paul” who had been tricking the world.
The chorus is later repeated with one change – “world” replaces “us”.
YouTuber Vinyl Records noted: “This could be in reference to how the rumour spread around the world.”
To put beyond doubt that the song is about the Beatles, Knight samples several of their biggest songs including Hey Jude and Love is All You Need to close the track.
Of course, like every conspiracy there is also a more realistic interpretation of the lyrics.
Saint Paul was supposedly written as Terry flew back from meeting McCartney in London after the Beatles’ record label Apple Records tried to sign him.
Much of the ominous wordings throughout could be, some believe, Terry sharing his observations during his time about the singer and how he thinks the Beatles may soon split up.
And one line seems to specifically reference the “demise” of Apple Records.
“Sir Isaac Newton said it had to fall,” Knight sings, pointing to Isaac Newton’s discovery of gravity by dropping an apple.