Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Maxwell's Silver Hammer is a song from The Beatles' last recorded album, Abbey Road. It's also the song that made the other three members of the band wish they had a silver hammer to bang bang over Paul McCartney's head.

If you stop staring at those juggs for a moment you'd notice that Paul McCartney is also in the photo!

Just The Facts

  1. Upbeat song about murder.
  2. John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr hated the song so much they considered murdering Paul McCartney with a silver hammer.
  3. It's actually not a bad song.

Yoko Didn't Break Up The Beatles. This Song Did.

The song, released in 1969 on The Beatles last recorded album, Abbey Road is about a medical student named Maxwell Edison who decides to murder a few people with a silver hammer. Despite the dark subject matter it's a very upbeat song. It just comes to show that at some point in the `60s, Paul McCartney lost his mind. It may have happened somewhere in-between dumping Jane Asher and writing Wild Honey Pie.

The other three members of The Beatles: John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr hated the song with a passion. Why? Well, for various reasons. Lennon was getting tired of McCartney's silly songs. This was, after all, the man who contributed Come Together and I Want You (She's So Heavy) on the album. Harrison was notorious for hating everything. And, Ringo was just a follower. So, they all ganged up on him and stopped the song from becoming a single. Harrison's Something and Lennon's Come Together were chosen instead. Both made it to #1.

Maxwell's Silver Hammer, on the other hand, is now just a song that McCartney listens to alone on his mansion every Halloween.