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George 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.

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 see 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 sties with all their backing,

They don't care what goes on around

In their eyes there's something lacking,

What they need's a darn 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 their bacon

One more time

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