Name = Piggies
22 November 1968
track_no = 12 of disc 1
19 September 1968
Genre = Baroque, rock
Length = 2:04
Tracks = Side one
Back in the U.S.S.R."
Wild Honey Pie"
The Continuing Story of Bungalow Bill"
While My Guitar Gently Weeps"
Happiness Is a Warm Gun"Side two
Martha My Dear"
I'm So Tired"
Don't Pass Me By"
Why Don't We Do It in the Road?"
Mother Nature's Son"
Everybody's Got Something to Hide Except Me and My Monkey"
Long, Long, Long"Side four
- "Revolution 1""Piggies" is a Beatles song from double-disc album "The Beatles" (also known as "The White Album"). It was written by
Cry Baby Cry"
George Harrisonas social commentaryon class and corporate greed.
"Piggies" features a Baroque-style
harpsichordand string quartet— which take an unexpected turn at one point playing a bluesriff.
Chris Thomas (producing in
George Martin's absence on some of the "White Album" sessions) played the harpsichord part.
Harrison's mother provided the line "What they need's a damn good whacking," ["Here Comes the Sun: The Spiritual and Musical Journey of George Harrison";
Joshua M. Greene; Bantam Books; 2006] and Lennon contributed with the line "clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon." [http://www.geocities.com/~beatleboy1/dba09white.html]
There was an additional verse written for the song in 1968 but omitted during the actual recording. It involved the "piggies" playing "piggy pranks" in order to achieve its rhyming couplet of "piggy banks." Harrison reinstated this verse in all live performances of the song in the 1990s. A version can be heard on his double album "Live in Japan".
:Yeah, everywhere there's lots of piggies:Playing piggy pranks:And you can see them on their trotters:Down at the piggy banks:Paying piggy thanks:To thee pig brother
The original lyrics read "to cut their pork chops" (as heard on the "
Anthology 3" album). Lennon created the tape loop for the pig noises that were sampled for this song.
"Piggies" is sandwiched between two other songs with animals in their titles ("Blackbird" and "
Rocky Raccoon"). This was a deliberate decision on the part of Lennon and McCartney while preparing the sequencing of the songs for the album.Fact|date=February 2007
Though Harrison intended the song as social commentary, it was often misinterpreted as an anti-police anthem, due to the commonly used term "pig" which is used as slang for policeman.Fact|date=May 2007
Charles Manson family
Charles Mansoninterpreted many of the songs from "The White Album" to justify his murders, and took the phrase "what they need's a damn good whacking" to mean that he should attack the police.Fact|date=May 2007 During the murders of Sharon Tate, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca, Gary Hinmanand others, knives and forks were used to stab them because these utensils were mentioned in the song.Fact|date=May 2007 The words 'political piggy', 'pig' and 'death to pigs' were written with the victims' blood on the walls.
*George Harrison - Acoustic Guitar, Vocals and Arrangements
*Paul McCartney - Bass and Backing Vocals
*Ringo Starr - Tambourine
*John Lennon - Backing Vocal, Tape Effects and Arrangements
*Chris Thomas - Harpsichord
*George Martin - Arrangements
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