Pay Mr Clean Cut (4:07)

Cover of Hope Springs EP

From Hope Springs EP

Paul McCartney is dead (seriously!).

Pay Mr Clean Cut is the third track from Capulets’ Hope Springs EP, released for download worldwide on 7th November 2009 on the band’s own label, Apocalypso Records. It is available from most of the major online retailers, such as iTunes, Amazon and 7digital, with limited edition physical copies available from live shows and by request from the official Capulets website.

Lyrically, The song is an anagram-based loose narrative centred around the conspiracy that Paul McCartney died in a car accident in 1966 and was replaced by a look-alike / sound-alike, William Shears Campbell.

For the uninitiated, more details of the conspiracy can be found here:

The vast majority of the lyrics are derived from anagrams related to key parts of the conspiracy, or related to the Beatles in general. For instance, the line “the dead sail up and plead aid us (aid us)” contains two anagrams of “Paul is dead”. Another example is the opening couplet “Seedy, arty three Keller St, slain so go to suburb lore” which is constructed using anagrams of “Yesterday”, “Helter Skelter”, “Glass Onion” and “Rubber Sole”.

The only major non-anagram lyric is the chorus line “turn me on dead man!”, which can allegedly be heard on the Beatles song “Revolution No. 9” when played backwards and supposedly alludes to the fact that McCartney had died.

Musically, the song is entirely self-produced by Capulets, apart from the drums which were recorded at Animal Kingdom’s studio in Crouch End.


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