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Paul McCartney Based the Verses in The Beatles’ ‘Helter Skelter’ on a Song in ‘Alice in Wonderland’

Paul McCartney said he based the verses in The Beatles‘ “Helter Skelter” on a song in Alice in Wonderland. There are other aspects of the song that aren’t childlike.

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Paul McCartney wrote The Beatles’ ‘Helter Skelter’ after Pete Townshend said he wrote ‘the loudest, dirtiest, rockiest’ song ever

Musicians always inspire each other, not just with their music. Sometimes, all someone has to do is say something that could inspire a hit song. Jimmy Page wrote Led Zeppelin’s “The Rain Song” after hearing George Harrison criticize the band’s lack of ballads. John Lennon wrote “She Said She Said” after hearing Peter Fonda talk about death.



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