In the mysterious “Memoirs of Billy Shears,” it is made clear that the death of McCartney was not a secret to just the Beatles; but that a few insiders from other bands were also aware of the troubles of the Beatles at the time. Before the supposed death of Paul McCartney in 1966, “Memoirs” explains that Paul was having dreams of his pending death and replacement. And he was telling all his rock star buddies at the time, along with others including his girlfriend, that he was certain that his dreams were going to come true. If indeed this story is true and Paul then died, to the insiders' surprises, his psychic abilities must have appeared amazing. This inspired many popular acts around the Beatles to write songs about the event, as the book explains


The book claims that the Rolling Stones song “Ruby Tuesday” is all about the death of McCartney. All one has to do is replace “she” with “he” and the story of Billy Shears, the replacement, comes into view. “He would never say where he came from” but that the guy who wrote “Yesterday is gone.” I am sure that William Shepherd, the alleged replacement, likely a British agent cop made it his job to blend in; making it hard for even perhaps George Martin, who was left wondering what was going on, second guessing himself. So really day by day, “no one knows [how] he comes and goes.” The term “Ruby Tuesday” refers to the Beatles “Stupid Bloody Tuesday,” the day John supposedly learned of the news. When the replacement came along many wondered, “Who could hang a name on” Billy and expect it to be Paul? Of course the Stones “missed” their old mate when they became aware of the prophetic nature of dreams. Their friend was telling them “all the time” “there's no time to lose” and to “catch” their “dreams before he “slips away” in death. As Paul was “dying all the time” with his haunting dreams.


But the just of “Ruby Tuesday” is about a goodbye; because even the replacement, was not anything to the Beatles peers, and that despite the continuation of the group, they were still “gonna miss” Paul. “Memoirs of Billy Shears” goes on to explain that even Elton John (and obviously Bernie Taupin) poked at the replacement with his “Grey Seal” as a negative play on “the walrus was Paul.” The new 'Paul' was “not as bright in life as the real one” and that Billy is “never quite the same as the real” Paul McCartney to Elton. So William did not have an easy go at his new found fame, if this story is to be accepted. And even the Who get into the mix according to “Memoirs” with “Won't Get Fooled Again.”


The Who “take a bow for the new Revolution” 9 that is being revolved from the negativity of the 6 of Billy Shears. So everything is normal and Pete Townsend can lie and “pick up [his] guitar and play the song “Yesterday” just like the original. And of course the Who get on their “knees and pray [that they] don't get fooled again!” I encourage folks to look further into the song “Won't Get Fooled Again” because the entire piece is chalked with clues. The “Memoirs” book suggests that these insider bands have more PID songs, including the Who. One might wonder if the new WHO album coming out this month might also have a few clues? And to my surprise, at least in my view, the new song “I Don't Wanna Get Wise” is a treasure trove of clues and may in fact be a sequel to the song “Who Are You.”


I can imagine an intoxicated Keith Moon “preaching” and “throwing punches around” to his British agent rock star buddy, “Who are you anyway, you stole your fame from McCartney!” “Who, who, who are you anyway because nobody knows where you came from anyway, cop?” Maybe Pete, Roger and John were all drunk at the party and said something too? Maybe Keith was in another room? But whatever the case Townsend decided to write a song about it later? Of course “Who Are You” if indeed about William, is yet another slam at him as a quality musician. So in the early years, if all this is true, Billy Shears or William must have gone through a lot of pain and grief from all the shade he was getting under the down low from other peer musicians? Now after many years of losses on all sides, perhaps now the Who wants to make amends and apologize to William from their end?


Consider the lyrics as the song starts out:


“He was drunk, I was blind
Though we tried to be kind
I was sunk, always late
We were quick to rotate

Let's be blunt, I was a bluff
And the surreal life was tough
I was a runt, we told lies
But to our great surprise


All the shit that we did
Brought us some money, I guess
And those snotty young kids
Were a standing success

Helped us conquer and rise
And we learned in this hell”


Of course the Who were quick to “rotate” drummers after Keith died, but the line also applies to the “Revolution 9” of rotating the incorrect 6 to the correct 9 of Lennon/McCartney. Of course the Who “told lies” to keep the whole affair secret, and grateful that they got out with their shirts as they learned in this “hell” of misfortune that comes with the loss of loved ones and other things. The Who go on to confess:


“We tried hard to stay young
But the high notes were sung
We've been scarred, we've been prized
But you could see in our eyes

(I don't wanna get wise
I don't wanna get wise)
We got wise!”


The Who once “puffed up” and “drunk” made the mistake of dissing a fellow artist. At the time they smugly once questioned with inexperienced faces, “who are you” but now the Who have “got wise!” If in fact this is all true and Paul McCartney died in 1966, the replacement, although inheriting great fame, William also personally suffered much grief trying to live up to his peers' poor judgment. Certainly William is an extraordinary musician to even take over the role of an extraordinary man in the first place. So William did not stop making music and continues not only in volume but also quality. Some might argue that 'Paul McCartney' is one of the greatest musicians who have ever lived. So can you imagine how it must be for such a great artist to go unrecognized and instead be a prisoner to the name of a deceased man? An average person might think that this is just fine, but to a real musician it could seem like a curse. So perhaps all these clues are there to help a man and his audience find the truth of the great musician, William Shepherd? Go listen to the music, look for clues and decide for yourself....