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The song recorded today, “Piggies,” is generally considered one of George Harrison’s lesser efforts. It finds him in full-on smug/superior mode, making condescending sport of the unenlightened bourgeoisie; musically it is rather slight and, though barely two minutes long, drags on a bit.

One person who was a big fan, though, was Charlie Manson, who arranged to have some people killed just so “Political Piggy” and “Death to Pigs” could be written in their blood. Legend has it that grocer Leno LaBianca was stabbed with cutlery as an homage to the lyric “clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon.”

But of course there was no way George could have known any of this when he was recording; he just wanted to get another song on the album. In order to jazz it up a little bit, he took producer Chris Thomas’s suggestion to use a harpsichord that had been set up in one of the studios for a classical session.

According to Thomas, at this time George was already playing around with “Something,” which would not see the light of day until 1969:

While George and I were tinkling away on this harpsichord he started playing another new song to me, which later turned out to be Something. I said “That’s great! Why don’t we do that one instead?”

So in some parallel universe, it’s the lyrics of “Something” that get written in blood on Sharon Tate’s walls. That would be creepy too, though in a different way.

Anyway, here’s “Piggies” in all its glory. I don’t think it’s one of George’s best, but it’s not without its charms; there are worse ways to spend two minutes and five seconds.

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