Monday Music Quote: The Beatles


Monday Music Quote

"Have you seen the little piggies crawling in the dirt?" -- George Harrison





 My grandson doing a little children's theater with the piggy mask! :=)

"Piggies" is a song by the Beatles, released in 1968 on their eponymous double album (commonly known as The White Album). It was written by George Harrison as social commentary.[1]
 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Piggies




Piggies Chords ( Beatles )


                                 Piggies
                       by George Harrison  (Beatles)

     F                 C7             F               C
     Have you seen the little piggies crawling in the dirt
     F               C7            Dm              G
     And for all the little pigies life is getting worse
     Dm7           G7      C7  Bb Cdim C
     Always having dirt to play around in

     F                 C7             F                       C
     Have you seen the bigger piggies in their starched white shirts
     F                 C7             Dm              G
     You will find the bigger piggies stirring up the dirt
     Dm7               G7        C7  Bb Cdim C
     Always have clean shirts to play around in

              Gm                  A7
     BRIDGE:  In their styes with all their backing
              Bb                   C
              They don't care what goes on around
              Gm                    A7
              In their eyes there's something lacking
              Bb                 C
              what they need's a damn good whacking

     F                 C7               F            C
     Everywhere there's lots of piggies living piggy lives
     F                C7             Dm              G
     You can see them out for dinner with their piggy wives
     Dm7                 G7         C7  Bb Cdim C
     Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon


 From: Harlan L Thompson 



PIGGIES- The Beatles

G                 D7             G               D
Have you seen the little piggies crawling in the dirt
G               D7            Em              A
And for all the little piggies life is getting worse
Em7           A7      D   Em7 Fdim D/F# G D G D 
Always having dirt to play around in

G                 D7             G                       D
Have you seen the bigger piggies in their starched white shirts
G                 D7             Em              A
You will find the bigger piggies stirring up the dirt
Em7               A7        D    Em7 Fdim D/F# G D G B
Always have clean shirts to play around in


BRIDGE:  
Am                  B7
In their styes with all their backing
C                    D
They don't care what goes on around
Am                    B7
In their eyes there's something lacking
C                  D                  D7
What they need's a damn good whacking!

G                 D7               G            D
Everywhere there's lots of piggies living piggy lives
G                D7             Em              A
You can see them out for dinner with their piggy wives
Em7                 A7         D   Em7  Fdim D/F# 
Clutching forks and knives to eat their bacon

G D Gm D Gm D A7 D
          Ab   Eb
One more time

Music Theory from Wikipedia


"Piggies" features a Baroque-style harpsichord and string quartet — which take an unexpected turn at one point playing a blues riff (0:56). Chris Thomas (producing in George Martin's absence on some of the White Album sessions) played the harpsichord part. The song is in the key of A and the verses (such as "Have you seen the little piggies in their starched white shirts?") open with a I-V-I-V (A to E, A to E) chord alternation. The expected cycle of fifth notes in the scale is thwarted by means of a III7 on the way to the IV (subdominant) chord, the III7 (C7), pointedly accentuating, for example, the lyrics on "damn good whacking." The unusual III7 (C7) move also appears just before the characteristically jarring shift down a tone to the minor ii (Bm) on "In their sties". The song is also notable for its subtle closing instance of the parallel minor/major principle as the harpsichord's C note (the major 3rd of the A tonic key chord) shifts (at 1.44 s) to a darker C, creating a more "classical sounding" Am. Harrison's vocals in the song notably range from a low E bass note (at 1.28s) to a descant falsetto B2 (at 1.41 s) Further notable features include the implied but unfulfilled tonicization of VI in the bridge and a change of mode on the tonic in the coda in harpsichord and strings.

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