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    Find out how the lyrics to Helter Skelter by the Beatles came to be written.

     

    Beatles Album: The Beatles AKA The White Album : Track 23

    Year: 1968

    Lyrics: Lennon, McCartney

    Length: 4.30


    The Beatles Helter Skelter song was somewhat inspired by the Who's single I can see for miles. Paul McCartney read a review of the record that said it was the dirtiest song that the band had ever recorded and wanted the same thing written about one of his songs. This resulted in Helter Skelter by far the heaviest song that the Beatles recorded.

    The original Helter Skelter song was designed to be raucous and was recorded in one session that lasted for over 30 minutes. The Beatles returned to the studio whilst under the influence of drugs and knocked it down into a shorter version.

    Individual Beatles role on helter skelter

    John Lennon: Backing Vocals, Lead guitar, bass guitar, Saxophone

    Paul McCartney: Lead vocals, Lead guitar, Bass guitar.

    George Harrison: Backing Vocals, Rhythm guitar

    Ringo Starr: Drums

    Other: (Mal Evans) Trumpet

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