"Helter Skelter (Beatles cover)" as written by John Lennon and Paul Mccartney....
(This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles
We're stealing it back)
When you get to the bottom
You go back to the top of the slide
And you stop and you turn
And you go for a ride
Then you get to the bottom
Then you see me again

Do you, don't you want me to love you
Coming down fast I'm right here above you
Tell me tell me tell me the answer
Ain't no lover but you ain't no dancer

Helter skelter
Helter skelter
Helter skelter

Do you, don't you want me to make you
I'm coming down fast now don't let me break you
Tell me tell me tell me the answer
You ain't no lover but you ain't no dancer

Helter skelter
Helter skelter
Helter skelter

When you get to the bottom
You go back to the top of the slide
And you turn and you stop
And you go for a ride
Then you get to the bottom
Then you see me again

Do you, don't you want me to love you
Coming down fast I'm right here above you
Tell me tell me tell me the answer
Ain't no lover but you ain't no dancer

Helter skelter
Helter skelter
Helter skelter

Helter skelter
Helter skelter
Helter skelter


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"Helter Skelter [Live]" as written by Paul Mccartney John Lennon

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    General Commentthis is the tightest cover of helter skelter ive ever heard
    nosracon July 04, 2002   Link
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    General CommentYeah, they did do it pretty well. I love that part in Rattle and Hum, where Bono says, "This song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles....we're stealing it back," and then it starts....it's awesome
    U2aholicon July 26, 2002   Link
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    General CommentThis song means U2 to me. This is the song that started me as a U2 fan at the age of 3. Thought I'd put my first comment on the song that got me hooked.
    BloodySundayon August 03, 2002   Link
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    General CommentDamn. U2 is still numero uno after all these years. Even after they turned pop in the mid 90's they still have menaingful lyrics. And they know how to steal thunder like no one else. This version beats Jimi Hendrix' in a heartbeat, BTW.

    Peace
    daedoloson December 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentGreat cover, only problem with it is the lyrical mistake Bono makes, "You ain't no lover but you ain't no dancer". This must have been a mistake, if he had intended tp change the lyrics, surely he would have taken the word 'bu't out, and replaced it with 'and'. Nonetheless, great cover. Haven't heard the Hendrix version, didn't know there was one until now. I'll check it out.
    Rhysibabeon December 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is so awesome! I Iove it! I love u2! "This is a song Charles Manson stole from the Beatles. We're stealing it back." kick ass!
    bloodybitchon March 07, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI heard this song on the Rattle and Hum cd before I ever heard the original. Now for some reason I don't really like the original... When I heard the original for the first time a few months ago I was disapointed because I guess I was expecting it to sound like this version. I don't really know why that is, that I like this better, it might be because I'm more used to Bonos voice, which is strange because I was raised on the Beatles... In any case I'd prefer to listen to this cover than to listen to the original. I agree the opening line is awesome.
    chocolateheartson May 03, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI don't know if these lyrics are incorrect or if I just can't hear worth a damn, but I could have sworn the line Bono actually sang was "You may be a lover but you ain't no dancer". Maybe someone can clear me up on that...

    Anyhoo, I definately think this cover packs a hell of a lot more punch than The Beatles' version. That also could be largely fueled by Helter Skelter having become synonymous with Charles Manson throughout the years. Aside from that though, U2's version is a lot more solid and edgy. Bono's vocal tone is perfect in setting the mood for the amped-up music. It's like the entire band is exploding with energy. This is the kind of piece that makes people sing at the top of their lungs in the car/office/shower/etc. :P
    eirenightshadeon June 12, 2006   Link
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    General CommentBoy, I couldn't disagree with people more here. The Beatles original version is far more intense and powerful than U2's on "Rattle and Hum." I very often skip this song when I listen to R&H, partially because of Bono screwing up the lyrics, and partially because The Edge simplifies the guitar too much. I love how big the sound is on The White Album, it's very thing and plain here.
    PencilNeckedGeekon September 02, 2006   Link
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    General CommentOops, excuse me. I meant, "it's very thin and plain here."
    PencilNeckedGeekon September 02, 2006   Link

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