Maxwell's Silver Hammer Lyrics

The Beatles


publisher: ©Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC
writers: John Lennon, John Winston Lennon, Paul Mccartney, Paul James Mccartney
album: Track 3 in album Abbey Road
release date: 1969-9-26
popularity : 49 users have visited this page.
genres: Rock Blues Pop
styles: Pop Rock/Classic Rock/Art Rock/Acid Rock/Hard Rock
length: 3:27
producer: George Martin
lead vocals: Paul McCartney
Hammond organ: George Martin
drums & percussion: Ringo Starr
electric guitar & electric bass guitar: George Harrison
lead vocals & background vocals: Paul McCartney
Moog & electric guitar: Paul McCartney
writer: John Lennon, Paul McCartney

Cover Art

The Beatles Abbey Road cover art
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Joan was quizzical; studied pataphysical
Science in the home.
Late nights all alone with a test tube.
Oh, oh, oh, oh.

Maxwell Edison, majoring in medicine,
Calls her on the phone.
"Can I take you out to the pictures,
Joa, oa, oa, oan?"

But as she's getting ready to go,
A knock comes on the door.

Bang! Bang! Maxwell's silver hammer
Came down upon her head.
Bang! Bang! Maxwell's silver hammer
Made sure that she was dead.

Back in school again Maxwell plays the fool again.
Teacher gets annoyed.
Wishing to avoid and unpleasant
Sce, e, e, ene,

She tells Max to stay when the class has gone away,
So he waits behind
Writing fifty times "I must not be
So, o, o, o"

But when she turns her back on the boy,
He creeps up from behind.

Bang! Bang! Maxwell's silver hammer
Came down upon her head.
Bang! Bang! Maxwell's silver hammer
Made sure that she was dead.

P. C. Thirty-one said, "We caught a dirty one."
Maxwell stands alone
Painting testimonial pictures.
Oh, oh, oh, oh.

Rose and Valerie, screaming from the gallery
Say he must go free
(Maxwell must go free)
The judge does not agree and he tells them
So, o, o, o.

But as the words are leaving his lips,
A noise comes from behind.

Bang! Bang! Maxwell's silver hammer
Came down upon his head.
Bang! Bang! Maxwell's silver hammer
Made sure that he was dead.

Whoa, oh, oh, oh.
Silver hammer man


Track Listing


12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Come Together
  • 2 Something
  • 3 Maxwell’s Silver Hammer
  • 4 Oh! Darling
  • 5 Octopus’s Garden
  • 6 I Want You (She’s So Heavy)
  • 7 Here Comes the Sun
  • 8 Because
  • 9 You Never Give Me Your Money
  • 10 Sun King
  • 11 Mean Mr. Mustard
  • 12 Polythene Pam
  • 13 She Came In Through the Bathroom Window
  • 14 Golden Slumbers
  • 15 Carry That Weight
  • 16 The End
  • 17 Her Majesty