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Written by George Harrison as a social commentarythe song serves as an Orwellian satire on greed and consumerism. Among several elements it incorporates Suspended Space - LTJ Bukem - Suspended Space EP classical musicthe track features harpsichord and orchestral strings in Arcturus - The Independent Piggies - 1977 - 1982 baroque pop style, which are contrasted by Harrison's acerbic lyrics and the sound of grunting pigs.
Although credited to George Martinthe recording was largely produced by Chris Thomaswho also contributed the harpsichord part.
In the context of the turbulent political climate of"Piggies" was adopted by the counterculture as an anti-establishment theme song. It was also among the tracks on The Beatles that cult leader Charles Manson used as the foundation for his Helter Skelter theory of an American race-related countercultural revolution.
Inspired especially by the line "What they need's a damn good whacking", Manson's followers left clues relating to the lyrics at the scenes of the Tate — LaBianca murders in August While some reviewers admire its musical qualities and recognise sardonic humour in the lyrics, others consider the song to Arcturus - The Independent Piggies - 1977 - 1982 mean-spirited and lacking in subtlety.
Harrison's demo of the song, recorded at his home in Surreywas included on the Beatles' compilation Anthology 3. A live version by Harrison, reinstating a verse that was omitted from the studio recording, appears on his album Live in Japan.
Folk singer and activist Theo Bikel and anarcho-punk musician Danbert Nobacon are among the artists who have covered "Piggies". George Harrison began writing "Piggies" in early around the time that the Beatles were recording their album Revolver. As an anti-establishment song,  "Piggies" recalls Harrison's Revolver composition " Taxman ". During Harrison's Liverpool visit in early his mother, Louise, responded to his request for assistance with the lyrics by providing the line "What they need's a damn good whacking".
Fromparticularly in the United States, the slang usage of the word "pig" had grown from being a derogatory term for a police officer to refer also to consumerism  and establishment figures in general. These include the use of " arpeggio fragments" in Harrison's opening guitar motif and the repetition of this four-bar passage before each verse and the bridge — a device typical of Schubert 's various lieder and the works of other nineteenth-century composers.
As a further example of the melody's baroque characteristics, the bridge contains an implied but unfulfilled tonicisation of VI. Inglis writes that while the nursery U Should Know Better - Robyn - Body Talk form was Harrison's musical source for "Piggies", his lyrics adopt a political perspective, creating "a savage attack on the corporate greed of contemporary capitalism".
During the middle eight, Arcturus - The Independent Piggies - 1977 - 1982 Harrison refers to the privileged pigs in their sties who "don't care what goes on around"; they appear devoid of empathy, and therefore deserve "a damn good Arcturus - The Independent Piggies - 1977 - 1982 . In the third verse, Harrison declares that piggies are "everywhere", leading "piggy lives".
He presents a final image of couples dining, holding their cutlery before devouring bacon. The group taped eleven takes of "Piggies" before achieving the requisite performance. On 20 September, the recording was copied over to 8-track tape in Studio 2, to allow for overdubbing. Final overdubs on the song were carried out on 10 October, during the last week of recording for The Beatles.
Mixing on "Piggies" was completed on 11 October. According to author Mark Hertsgaard"Piggies" "[kept] the Beatles' countercultural flame alive",  as the song was embraced as an anti-authoritarian anthem by the counterculture, following a year of protests and civil unrest in many Western countries. Noebelan American arch-conservative, paired the song with " Back in the U.
Among the more conservative elements of the British establishment and the public, the release of The Beatles coincided with a less tolerant attitude towards the band. Writing in Arcturus - The Independent Piggies - 1977 - 1982 International TimesMighty Arrow* - Positively Jumpy Miles found "Piggies" "unsubtle" and likely to appeal to "those involved with Chicago's pig-police".
Record Mirror remarked that the birdsong effects of "Blackbird" were replaced by "snorts and grunts" on "Piggies", which the reviewer described as "a society beef or pork if you like " in the style of folk singer Roy Harper. Musician and cult leader Charles Manson interpreted several songs on The Beatles as an inducement for his followers, known as the Manson Family,  to carry out a series of murders in Los Angeles in August Speaking to Rolling Stone co-founder David Dalton before his trial, Manson also drew parallels between the pig noises that close the track and a similar sound, followed by machine-gun fire, that appears in Lennon's White Album sound collage " Revolution 9 ".
Harrison was appalled at Manson's interpretation of the song. Writing inNicholas Schaffner said that, despite the "merciless stereotypes" presented in its lyrics, "Piggies" and Harrison's three other White Album compositions "firmly established him as a contender" beside the Beatles' principal songwriters, Lennon and McCartney.
According to author Doyle Greene, writing in his book on the s counterculture, the Beatles and Manson are "permanently connected in pop-culture consciousness" as a result of Manson having founded his theory of race war on McCartney's "Helter Skelter", "Piggies" and other tracks from the double album.
He says that the track fails, however, melodically and lyrically, and lacks cohesion in its musical arrangement as well as "any subtlety or charm". Reviewing Harrison's career in a issue of Goldmine magazine, Dave Thompson termed "Piggies" "whimsically foreboding" and grouped it with late-period Beatles songs such as " Something " and " Long, Long, Long " that anticipated Harrison's successes as a solo artist after the group's break-up in Among reviewers of the remastered album, Sean Highkin of Beats Per Minute cites the track as evidence that, despite the disharmonious atmosphere within the group during"All four Beatles were working at their highest levels", with Harrison "at his most acerbic on 'Piggies'".
He admired the harpsichord passage as a "highlight" of the album and wrote: "On first listen, 'Piggies' is too strange to enjoy. Once its Orwellian nature is embraced, however, it becomes a joyous two fingers in the face of establishment told by Harrison in baroque pop form.
Theo Bikelan actor, folk singer and activist who was a delegate at the Democratic convention in Chicago,  covered "Piggies" on his album A New Day. Having become available on bootleg albums from onwards,  Harrison's demo was released on the Beatles' Anthology 3 compilation in October According to Ian MacDonald: .
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