1: The Fool On The Hill
What ‘They’ Say The Song Is About
A lot of people here are going with the idea that it’s about this fool, right, and he’s sitting on a hill, yeah, and… that’s pretty much as far as most people get. But some people do try and go further, suggesting that the Fool is either Martin Luther King Jr, or Jesus, or Paul himself, inadvertently slandering black rights, religion and Paul McCartney in the process. One person even tries to make the point that the song is closely linked to Galileo’s heliocentric ideas. Seriously.
But, Looking At It...
Paul is responsible for this song, which starts off sensible but rapidly becomes confusing and irrelevant. A man sits on a hill, smiling, for days on end, making no movement at all. Okay, so maybe he’s meditating? But then, here’s a thing – what stays perfectly still and sometimes wears a fixed grin? I'll tell you: someone who has been killed by The Joker. So what we have here is a corpse that has been lying on a hill for a few days now, and nobody has done a thing to clear it.
This could possibly be some kind of plea from Paul to cleaning companies to buck up their act, yet the fact that this man’s eyes are spinning around whenever the sun goes down suggests that there is an element of autistic struggle brought into the song. If only it had been released a few years later, we could easily claim that the song is about a child who watched Pokemon and went into a seizure. It’s quite confusing how Paul has gotten these images together in one place. That the man has a thousand voices which are all speaking loudly doesn’t help the song, because apparently nobody else can hear him. So this corpse can talk?
Things get worse, though, because all the people who are watching him (he appears to have a drawn a crowd, this talking corpse – I can’t question that logic) know exactly what’s going on. Nobody is looking around, wondering what the hell is going on that allows a dead body to talk and smile and have creepy spinny eyes. To top it all off, this guy on the hill “knows that they’re the fools”. This is the opposite of what should be expected in the situation. If a crowd of people can fully understand the possible rebirth of someone who was either killed by Japanese TV or a fictional comic-book villain on a hill somewhere and NOT be entirely confused by the situation, then I would not call them fools.
I would call them highly suspicious.