Beatles: Helter Skelter Meaning
Song Released: 1968
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Helter Skelter Lyrics
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 hey
Do you, don't you want me to love you
I'm coming down fast but I'm miles...
GetBackJojo Jan 14th, 2008 1:20am report
Bollocks to all of you! One of you has it right. Paul read a review on the Who's "I can see for miles" that said that it was one of the greatest rock songs. Darling Paul had to go one better, and just jammed with the lads for a good half hour or so and edited it down to 5 mins or so. Duh, the lyrics are about a rollercoaster, it's the music that mattered in this one!
anonymous Jan 20th, 2008 1:54pm report
Getbackjojo.....you are dead on. everyone listen to that guy. He is totally right. Charles manson claimed he heard hidden messages in this song, Rocky Raccoon, and piggies and rev. #9. John was asked to testify at Manson's trial but refused saying "Well he's barmy. He's like any other Beatles kind of fan who reads mysticisim into it. I mean we used to have a laugh putting this, or the other in, in a light-hearted way. Some intellectual would read us, some symbolic youth generation wants it, but what's "Helter Skelter" got to do with knifing somebody? I never listened to the words properly. It was just noise."
anonymous Aug 10th, 8:59pm report
Blisters on my fingers I thought was in reference from all the intense guitar playing before the fingers become calloused
anonymous Dec 13th, 2012 12:54am report
Most of you guys or right? John Lennon was shot because of this song. An yes it fits perfectly with mansions psychosis. MANSON ACTUALLY WROTE THIS SONG. It's all about the illuminati. Just like the 121212 concert for hurricane sandy!!!! Why do you think Paul was last and the first song he chose to sing was helter skelter? And Kanye had no business on the stage. Gtfo
anonymous Sep 13th, 2012 9:28pm report
This about a roller coaster? I get sex out of this.
anonymous Mar 26th, 2012 3:07pm report
Everyone going on, on, and on about Manson. Such a psycho is furthest from my mind when listening to this hot song. It is one of the sexiest songs ever. It not about a child's ride/white supremacy war. I am well aware of McCartney's intent with the song which is not the same as my interpretation. All I hear is obsession, frustration, sex and the whole thing repeating itself. He doesn't sound happy. And it's not just about a fairground ride. Forget the beeping psychos and stop immortalising them. Love this.
anonymous Dec 29th, 2011 12:00pm report
I believe that Paul wrote this song to describe the roller coaster ride that was the Beatles life. It could be considered the first message song to John on how, even through the ups and downs of their life together they still loved each other and could climb back up to the top of the slide together. It is Paul asking "Do you or don't you want to continue with this life style?" You maybe a lover but you ain't no dancer clearly says you will always be my friend but we may never be entertainers (dancer) together again. Do you, don't you want me to make you refrences Paul and John's song writing style where one or the other would add lyrics and music to the other's song to make it better. I'm coming down fast but don't let me break you again Paul telling John I'm working very hard (coming down fast) to keep this band together, but don't let that be the wedge (don't let me break you) that forces you out of the band.
anonymous Aug 6th, 2011 8:25pm report
The blisters on fingers line relates to the white palms we have from holding on so tight.
anonymous Mar 25th, 2011 3:05am report
John's haunting admission that he never listened to the words properly and it was just "noise" lends itself to the idea that bad music without rhyme or reason is in effect noise for the mentally ill. Druggie Beatles made vague metaphorical psycho music that nutjobs were liable to read anything into. One wonders if the Beatles and the White Album never existed whether Manson would have found a crazy rock music songbook to conceive his philosophy. If rock sucks, it is because it is musical noise that leads crazy people into chaos, violence and murder.
anonymous Oct 27th, 2010 10:03pm report
So, a few people have said Charles Manson made it sinister BECAUSE he committed murder...but that's not true.
He was under some conspiracy theory that, to him, this song affirmed. He claimed that the black population was going to rise up and kill all of the whites. He got his Family to commit the murders (well, the "famous" ones at least...he did kill other people) for him to "show the black people how to start it"...aka, he was framing them. This song, in actuality, had nothing to do at all with Manson's delusion, in meaning. We may never have known about his obsession with this song if one of the girls didn't write it on the door of one of the murder sites in blood.
anonymous Sep 29th, 2010 9:33pm report
Seriously! Get a life folks. They could have said kill the Pope or something & it really wouldn't matter. It's was just good R'n'R. So what if some idiot that was void of brain cells heard voices and decided to have others kill for him because he didn't have the balls to do it himself (sort of like Bin Laden).
Yeah, it's just a harmless(?) roller coaster. I love what U2 did with it to open their movie--Mad Irish Bono dangling a crucifix (not that's not sardonic. I'm sincere. it was great!).
Paul McCartney said the greatest song of the sixties was "Whiter Shade of Pale".
That song is so replete with melancholy. It's gorgeously sad. The sixties did good and did it's fair share of damage as well. I read "Electric Cool-Aid Acid Test" when I was sixteen, just before my first bong hit! God, it's been a rough roller coaster, my drug addiction. Thanks Timothy--you Cad!
anonymous Jul 13th, 2010 7:25am report
It's not that the beatles wrote the lyrics with any paticular hidden meaning. But that Manson was psychically conversing with higher power via his own mental speculation and had his reckoning confirmed subliminaly by a line of the song, which may have all the while been playing ambiently in the background.
anonymous Apr 18th, 2010 4:58pm report
This song is about tripping your brains out in the desert communes in the 60s and the Enlightened One, instructing us to exact our vengeance on the rich squares by brutally murdering them and smearing blood everywhere Charlie, ...er..uhhh....the enlightened one tells us to....he is the leader......let the cleansing BEGIN!!!HEALTER SKELTER!!!!
You're all absolutely right about this song being a response to The Who, but I believe the lyrics are as important as the music. The music is simply the Beatles rocking out-- though it's undoubtedly good, it lacks the intense thought process and creativity that is apparent in most of their songs at the time. This in itself is a dig at The Who's creative ability.
Now look at the lyrics with that in mind--"You may be a lover but you ain't no dancer," "I'm coming down fast but don't let me break you." To me, these lyrics are a way of the Beatles telling The Who that they not only lack the ability to create music of the same caliber, but also, when prompted to record a song on the same level as The Who's music, the Beatles can easily create a song that's better than much of The Who's music-- they can "come down fast" and break them.
joo_joo_eyeball Mar 29th, 2010 3:03pm report
helter skelter is about the rollercoaster of being with a girl, when paul says "do you dont you want me to love you?" hes talking about a girl who keeps sending him mixed signals and "helter skelter" just refers to the general confusion that goes with this situation.
Charles Manson was just nuts, there are no subliminal messages in the white album, revolution 9 was about a nightmare John had, its just easy to blame it on the beatles beacuse they were so innovative and always doing things differently, and the world knows that they used drugs, so they always think they are connecting the dots
anonymous Feb 21st, 2010 2:21am report
This songs lyrics are vague in the fact that they are interpreted by everyone differently. It's about whatever you want it to be about. Whether it's bi-polar disorder or substance abuse. It's kinda like watching a funny show with your kids and noticing they laugh about completely different things than you do. What can you relate to? A roller coaster, mental illness? It doesn't matter, it's your song so don't let anyone change that.
anonymous Feb 14th, 2010 2:29pm report
The song is definitely about Paul subliminely communicating with angry young Americans back in the sixties, and instructing them to murder rich socialite "squares", and cut unborn fetises out of pregnant women, and smearing the word, "PIGGIES", on walls everywhere, in thier unrighteous ,warloving,establishment,blood.
anonymous Dec 30th, 2009 12:06am report
It's obviously about dialectics (read hegel)
anonymous Dec 5th, 2009 12:05pm report
In the 60s the most popular stlye of record player was the "record changer" which stacked records and released one at a time. As each record in the stack was released it 'slid' to the bottom of the spindel and started playing.
To play a record again one would pick-up the pile, pull it 'back to the top' engage the catch and re-start the mechanism.
As each record went down the 'slide' the process started again and as the record started to "turn and go for a ride" you would "see"/hear your song again.
Clear as mitten?
anonymous Nov 28th, 2009 11:29am report
Helter Skelter is a name of an old English slide and the intro totally describes it but helter skelter also means confusion a panic. That's were Charles Manson comes in. I'd have to agree on it being about him or similar to him the lyrics describe the nut in a way.
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