Monday, May 16, 2016

Faul's Commentary On Our Paul (cont.)

In my post of April 29, 2016, I was showing how "The Fool On The Hill" track of the Magical Mystery Tour album was very likely a song about our Paul--and the condition he was in in mid-to-late 1967.

Think about the lyrics:
     The man with the foolish grin is keeping perfectly still.
               -----          -----          -----           
     And he never gives an answer.
               -----          -----          -----
     But nobody ever hears him
     Or the sound he appears to make
     And he never seems to notice.
               -----          -----          -----
     And he never shows his feelings.

What do those lines conjure up?  It sounds to me like Faul's describing a man in a semi-comatose or stupor-like state.

Fast forward in the Magical Mystery Tour film to a black-carnation-wearing Faul dancing down a staircase and singing what would seem to be an innocuous song, "Your Mother Should Know".  I reversed and listened to the song, and backwards it was anything but innocuous.  You can hear in the reversed song the following at:
     :09-:29      "There's a zombie" (x6)
     :35-:42      "Die, die, die" (repeatedly)
     :44-:56       Funeral-sounding organ music
     :59-1:11    "There's a zombie" (x4)
     1:26-1:38   Funeral-sounding organ music
     1:41-1:46   "There's a zombie" (x2)
     2:03-2:07   "There's a zombie" (x2)

Several dictionaries gave different definitions of the word zombie.  A few examples:
Merriam Webster Dictionary, definition 1B:
     "A will-less and speechless human in the West Indies capable only of automatic movement who is held to have died and been supernaturally reanimated."
Oxford English Dictionary, definition 1:
     "A corpse said to be revived by witchcraft, especially in certain African ad Caribbean religions."
The website article of August 31, 2015 traced the origins of the term "zombie" to the superstitious belief that a witch-doctor of Haiti or Martinique could "render their victim apparently dead--either through magic, powerful hypnotic suggestion, or perhaps a secret potion--and then revive them as their personal slaves, since their soul or will has been captured."

If our Paul was alive in 1967--as it appears he was--he was in dire trouble, evidently at the hands of the English government.


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