Maxwell's Silver Hammer (3:48)

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From Abbey Road and 18 other releases

Maxwell’s Silver Hammer was written by McCartney, though credited to Lennon–McCartney. It’s a pop song with dark, eccentric lyrics about a man named Maxwell who commits murders with a hammer.

The recording subsequently drew comment from the band: Lennon said “I was ill after the accident when they did most of that track”, referring to his recent car accident, “and it really ground George and Ringo into the ground recording it”, adding later “I hate it, ‘cos all I remember is the track … (Paul) did everything to make it into a single, and it never was and it never could have been. ” Harrison characterized the song as “fruity” and commented “we spent a hell of a lot of time on it”, and later “after a while, we did a good job on it”. McCartney recalled: “The only arguments were about things like me spending three days on Maxwell’s Silver Hammer. I remember George saying, ‘You’ve taken three days, it’s only a song.’ – ‘Yeah, but I want to get it right. I’ve got some thoughts on this one.’ It was early-days Moog work and it did take a bit of time”.

For the studio version of the song, the anvil was played by Starr, in the Beatles film Let It Be, however, Mal Evans is seen hitting the anvil as the Beatles record the track.


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  • racheln92

    haha! lovely song! so evil but so humors too! it's a great song! I love how he beats up the teacher haha!

    26 Jun 4:18am Reply
  • juanpalaciosde

    One of the best songs of the album. Just brilliant.

    22 May 7:19pm Reply
  • hf1809


    14 May 10:32am Reply
  • splitandrelease

    What isn't there to like about this? This is one of there best songs!!!

    1 May 4:00am Reply
  • kalifire

    Wow, this is shit.

    15 Apr 1:51am Reply
  • theironictea

    Only song on the album that's not a masterpiece. It's okay, but nothing special. Can't believe Paul wanted it to be a single... Lennon was right, haha.

    6 Apr 5:16pm Reply
  • tigerwolf1

    A very cheery song for someone who beats people to death with a hammer [7]

    2 Apr 3:24pm Reply
  • phosgene

    Anyone who doesn't like this song deserves the silver hammer.

    27 Mar 11:52am Reply
  • websrfr

    Always enjoy their silly songs...this one, Rocky Raccoon, Octupus's Garden

    11 Mar 1:21pm Reply
  • Chumsicles

    I have actually grown to really like this song. Some Beatles fans need to lighten up!

    30 Jan 5:14am Reply
  • enxe3


    6 Jan 8:45pm Reply
  • hairpolice

    Yes, awful.

    31 Dec 2014 Reply
  • jmhbluenose

    Wow, just terrible

    7 Sep 2014 Reply
  • Szafira12

    Every time I hear this song I see Steve Martin.

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • MariianaAlvez

    A very cheery song for someone who beats people to death with a hammer [6]

    6 Sep 2014 Reply
  • BurningTheAltar

    A very cheery song for someone who beats people to death with a hammer [5]

    4 Sep 2014 Reply
  • the-cause

    Aside from the whole of side 2, one of the BEST songs from Abbey Road. Classic McCartney track!

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • deserttsong

    A very cheery song for someone who beats people to death with a hammer [4]

    2 Aug 2014 Reply
  • frearson10

    Is Maxwell related to Lizzie Borden? LOL

    12 May 2014 Reply
  • phosgene

    This song is... disturbing. I love Paul singing and laughing at 1:20

    4 Apr 2014 Reply
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