Bono from U2 once said before playing the song “This is a song Charles Manson stole from The Beatles, well we’re stealin’ it back.” Charles Manson did in fact hijack the song from the Beatles. The song is about an amusement park attraction (not a coded message to Charlie). Paul McCartney read an interview with Pete Townshend saying that the Who just recorded the loudest, rawest and dirtiest song ever…well it was “I Can See For Miles.” A great song…don’t get me wrong but not what Townshend built it up as…
Paul then started to write a song that fit that description and went above it. Helter Skelter was recorded with all four Beatles in a small room with their amps on 11. It’s a great brutal hard rock song. It may be the rawest song ever put out by a well known band. If I hear someone call the Beatles only a pop band….I just point them to this song. Covers of this song range from Motley Crue who despite their image their version sounds like a light pop song, Pat Benatar version is just bland…U2’s version tries but no version gets close to the Beatles version in rawness and being just so loud. Some credit this song as one of the inspirations of Heavy Metal…(something not to be proud of)…
This song fits great on the White Album. The album is the most diverse the Beatles ever made. It could be one of the most diverse albums ever made. On the same album you have Helter Skelter, Rocky Racoon, Sexy Sadie, Honey Pie, Back In The USSR, Blackbird, While My Guitar Gently Weeps and many more.
When I get to the bottom I go back to the top of the slide
Where I stop and I turn and I go for a ride
Till I get to the bottom and I see you again
Yeah, yeah, yeah, heh, heh, heh, heh
But do you, don’t you want me to love you?
I’m (Ahhh) coming down fast but I’m miles above you
(Ahhh) Tell me, tell me, tell me, come on tell me the answer
Well, you may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer
A Will you, won’t you want me to make you?
I’m coming down fast but don’t let me break you
Tell me, tell me, tell me the answer
You may be a lover but you ain’t no dancer