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Album cover . . . Not much to say about this one. Two sort of stretched things: (1) John Lennon's open palm almost over Paul's head (as we all know, an open palm means death), and (2) Paul is the only Beatle with his face partially hidden by a scarf (could he be hiding the tell-tale lip scar?).

Lyrics . . .

The Night Before

We said our good-byes
Love was in your eyes
Now today I find
You have changed your mind
Treat me like you did the night before

editor's note: Paul and Jane said there good-byes the night before he died. Obviously, once he died, Jane's feelings changed toward "Paul." Paul was replaced by William Campbell, who loved Linda Eastman. Later, "Paul" would quickly dump Jane and marry Linda, with no real warning.


Tell Me What You See

Listen to me one more time
How can I get through
Can't you try to see that I'm
Tryin' to get to you
Open up your eyes now
Tell me what you see
It is no surprise now
What you see is me
Tell me what you see

editor's note: "Paul" tempts us to open our eyes and see that he is not the real Beatle, but we can only see the real Paul. William Campbell says it is no surprise that all we see is Paul, because that is the whole plan.


I've Just Seen a Face

Had it been another day
I might have looked the other way
and I'd have never been aware
but as it is I'll dream of her tonight
da, da, da, da, da, die

editor's note: There are a couple of really interesting things going on in this song. First of all, this is a near perfect description of the cause of Paul's death. Paul "caught a glimpse of Rita" and sped through an intersection, crashing into another car. This particular song seems to reference Paul's passing glimpse of her face before the crash. He seems to be saying that any other day, he might not have seen the woman, but as it is he saw her and is now dead.

Another interesting feature is the unusual pronunciation of the word "aware." In the song, he can clearly be heard saying, "a were." As in "I'd have never been a were," or more precisely, I would have never in the past tense (dead). Listen for yourself if you don't believe me.

Finally there is the "da, da, da, da, da, die" line. After the first line, "Paul" hums an "mmm, mmm, mmm" sound, which is clearly different from the way he sings after the "aware" line. From this stanza until the end, he is definitely saying "die." Once again, hearing is believing.

I've Just Seen a Face, continued

Falling, yes I am falling
And she keeps calling me back again

editor's note: Paul is being buried (falling), while Jane keeps calling out for him.

I've Just Seen a Face, continued

I have never known the like of this
I've been alone and I have missed things
and kept out of sight

editor's note: I think this line is self-explanatory. Paul is dead. He is buried alone. "Paul" writes from Paul's perspective. He imagines the dead Paul is sad because he has missed the excitement of the Beatles and has been out of the lime-light.

I've really been into this song lately and have come to regard it as probably one of the more significant single songs. There is so much going on and it is going on so early. It should really be considered the SGT. Pepper's of single songs.



Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they're here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Suddenly, I'm not half the man I used to be
There's a shadow hanging over me
oh, yesterday came suddenly

editor's note: "Paul" is lamenting the death of the real Paul. He never imagined the life of a Beatle could be so rough and problem filled. John and he never seem to hit it off, causing increasingly bitter fights that will eventually lead to their breakup. He has such self-doubts about his ability to fill Paul's shoes. He is concerned that he will only be "half the man" that Paul was. The constant fear of discovery and failure is always hanging over his head like the Sword of Damocles.


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