Posted by MIchael on September 22, 2001
In Reply to: Paul is dead posted by ESC on September 22, 2001
: : I heard that the term "Glass Onion" in The Beatles song of the same name referred to a looking glass in a coffin. Anyone have another idea or is this actually what it refers to?
: The short answer is, I don't know. Any British undertakers out there that have the answer?
: The question relates to the "Paul is dead" stir of 1969: http://www.geocities.com/SunsetStrip/3674/pid.html
"In 1969 Russell Gibb, a radio Disc Jockey in Detroit, announced
that (Beatle) Paul McCartney was dead. His proof: evidence strewn
throughout the Beatles' songs, movies, and album artwork. Newspaper
and television reporters picked up the story and the news quickly
spread across America.
: THE STORY OF PAUL'S DEATH
: The story states that Paul McCartney was involved in a car accident. Apparently 'he hadn't noticed that the lights had changed.' The accident occurred at 5 a.m. on a Wednesday morning. Cause of death was massive head trauma. So severe were his wounds that dental records were useless for identifying the body..."
: The use of the phrase "glass onion" was one of the clues. I searched "Paul is dead" and found http://catless.ncl.ac.uk/Obituary/paul.html White Album lyrics: Glass Onion: "..looking through a glass onion.." (a glass onion is a term used for a coffin with a glass panel over the top so you can see in, see how the other half live)
: Another site http://www.recmusicbeatles.com/public/files/faqs/pid.html said: "One 'clue' alleged that centuries-old definition of a 'glass onion' referred to a glass coffin handle used in Britain in the past (Russ Gibb seems to have come up with this one) but a scrupulous search of the OED shows no such meaning."
: Thanks for the reply.