- George Harrison said The Beatles’ “Piggies” predated widespread use of “pigs” to refer to police.
- George compared the meaning of the song to the lyrics of one of Phil Collins’ songs.
- The former Beatle discussed his feelings about the way society allots its money.
George Harrison discussed the social commentary in The Beatles‘ “Piggies.” Subsequently, he compared the track to one of Phil Collins’ songs. Notably, Collins’ song became a massive hit in the United States.
George Harrison said The Beatles’ ‘Piggies’ offered ‘gentle’ commentary
The book George Harrison on George Harrison: Interviews and Encounters includes an interview from 1989. In it, he discussed the song “Piggies.” “I don’t know where that came from,” he said. “I remember writing it; I don’t remember where the whole idea of ‘Piggies’… because it was before this sort of … what would you call it when the police started beating everybody up in the … ?”
George noted the song predates the widespread use of the word “pigs” to describe police officers. “It was a much sort of gentler thing, and it was before that kind of consciousness,” he said.