Have you seen the little piggies
Crawling in the dirt?
And for all the little piggies
Life is getting worse,
Always having dirt to play around in

Have you seen the bigger piggies
In their starched white shirts?
You will find the bigger piggies
Stirring up the dirt,
Always have clean shirts to play around in

In their styes with all their backing
They don't care what goes on around
In their eyes there's something lacking
What they need's a damn good whacking

Everywhere there's lots of piggies
Living piggy lives
You can see them out for dinner
With their piggy wives
Clutching forks and knives to eat the bacon

One more time

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"Piggies" as written by George Harrison


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    General CommentGeorge wrote this song merely as a humorous social satire, but it unfortunately took on another role and meaning. At the time, the so-called counter-culture adopted the song as its anthem against police. It became further notorious when Charles Manson, in his very disturbed mind, believed the phrase "a damn good whacking," meant against the American police. During the murders of Sharon Tate, the LaBianca's and others, knives and forks were used to stab them, because these utensils were mentioned in the song, and the words "pig and piggy," were written with the victims blood on the walls. Naturally Harrison was horrified when he learned his song took on another meaning. It was meant to be a simple commonplace song, and the line "damn good whacking," actually came from a suggestion from George's mother, when he asked her for a word that rhymed with backing and lacking. It had nothing at all to do with American police.

    from iamthebeatles.com
    BrainDamageon August 24, 2002   Link
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    General Commentthis song has the greatest ending of all time. beatles always have kick ass endings to songs
    golfmaster217on November 19, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think the White Album is such a good album, but it is a shame that Charles Manson and his "family" has forever tarnished it in the eyes of many people, making it be remembered and linked to the Mansons. These songs were not written for or about Charlie, but alot of people think this was released as such.
    hippiegirllon March 26, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThis song is (and was probably intended to be) a funny social commentary. It shows how ridiculous society can be. I love the irony at the end.
    "You can see them out for dinner with their piggie wives,
    Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon"

    Try to ignore Manson's mixed messages. If you can get past that, it's quite a good song.
    regular_freakon October 14, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI hate that people always bring in Charles Manson whenever they mention this song or Helter Skelter.
    subverton March 29, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General Commentno one cares about manson. the beatles didnt write songs for him
    John13on July 12, 2008   Link
  • +1
    General Commentbig business doesnt give a shit about the little man, thats what this song is about!
    toketheganj420on April 04, 2010   Link
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    General CommentThis song is great. It's definitely about politics and contradiction. Piggies eating bacon?! Who's ever heard of such a thing? Well, it happens. Just like politics. You think you know what's going on and they just do something that totally blows your mind. Such a fun song, short, easy to learn... Love.
    rissahearts8876on August 10, 2010   Link
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    General Commentsuch a funny little song, poking fun of the aristocrats.
    sqrt144on May 12, 2002   Link
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    ladymadonna123on August 23, 2002   Link

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