Paul McCartney is Dead – no he isn’t

Morrissey obsessives will be familiar with this thesis: but did you know that the death of Diana Princess of Wales was foretold in the lyrics to The Smiths’ album The Queen is Dead?

Here is a sample of the evidence:

At the start of the album THE QUEEN IS DEAD, the first thing heard is a partial recording of a lady leading a sing-along of an old English army song, TAKE ME BACK TO DEAR OLD BLIGHTY, (“Blighty” is slang for England):

“Take me back to dear old Blighty!
Put me on the train for London town!
Take me over there,
Liverpool, Leeds, or Birmingham, well, I don’t care!

I should love to see…”

The lady’s voice is abruptly cut off as the album’s opening song, THE QUEEN IS DEAD, begins. A search of the lyrics for the original version of TAKE ME BACK TO DEAR OLD BLIGHTY reveals that the people in the song who wish to be taken back to England are stationed in France:

Correspondingly, Princess Diana would die in France and have to be “taken back to dear old Blighty” for burial.

There is more in a similar vein, here.

Concrete proof of mystical forces at work?
A spoof?
A series of tenuous co-incidences strung together by somebody with “issues”?

You be the judge!

PS: Paul McCartney is dead. And four thousand Jews employed by companies housed in the World Trade Center stayed home from work on September 11, warned in advance of the impending attack on the World Trade Center.

(Hat tip: the splendid