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Helter Skelter

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Inspired by Helter Skelter. Written by Paul McCartney & performed here by Pat Benatar

McCartney was inspired to write the song after reading a 1967 Guitar Player magazine interview with The Who’s Pete Townshend where he described their latest single, “I Can See for Miles,” as the loudest, rawest, dirtiest song the Who had ever recorded. McCartney then “wrote ‘Helter Skelter’ to be the most raucous vocal, the loudest drums, et cetera” and said he was “using the symbol of a helter skelter as a ride from the top to the bottom—the rise and fall of the Roman Empire—and this was the fall, the demise.”In British English, the term helter-skelter not only has its meaning of “in disorderly haste or confusion” but is the name of a spiralling amusement park slide. McCartney has used this song as a response to critics who accuse him of only writing ballads.

The Manson connection…

Charles Manson told his followers that White Album songs including “Helter Skelter” were a part of The Beatles’ coded prophecy of an apocalyptic war in which racist and non-racist whites would be manoeuvered into virtually exterminating each other over the treatment of blacks. Upon the war’s conclusion, after black militants would kill off the few whites they would know to have survived, Manson and his companions would emerge from an underground city in which they would have escaped the conflict. As the only remaining whites, they would rule blacks, who, as the vision went, would be incapable of running America. Manson employed Helter Skelter as the term for this epic sequence of events.

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Don Mclean referenced the song in American Pie with the lryics
Helter skelter in a summer swelter
thought to refer to the riots of 1969

Thanks to everyone who visits & comments on my work

Due to time constraints I’ve decided that I’ll not spend time just saying individual thanks when someone comments on my work. Far better I feel to spend time looking at their portfolio & enjoying & commenting on their work, by way of thanks for visting & commenting on my work.

Of course I’ll say thank you to our hardworking hosts when featured, and sometimes you just have to answer a question, but apart from that I’m in silent mode.

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