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Song facts: Piggies

On September 19th 1968, the Beatles recorded a new George Harrison song Piggies for their forthcoming White Album.

Harrison originally wrote the song in 1966 and reworked it for the White Album. John Lennon provided the lyrics clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon. In an early version of the song this line goes clutching forks and knives to cut their pork chops; this was released on the Beatles' Anthology 3 album in 1996.

Charles Manson used lyrics from several White Album songs to justify the savagery carried out by his followers. Piggies was one such song Manson interpreted as a message from the Beatles.

"Everybody was getting on the big Beatle bandwagon. The police and the promoters and the Lord Mayors – and murderers too … It was upsetting to be associated with something so sleazy as Charles Manson."

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George Harrison and Paul McCartney at a White Album session, 1968.

George Harrison and Paul McCartney at a White Album session, 1968.

George Harrison recording the White Album, October 1968.

George Harrison recording the White Album, October 1968.