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Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Lennon/McCartney
Album: Abbey Road

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Joan was quizzical, studied metaphysical Science in the home Late nights all alone with a test-tube Ohh-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 an unpleasant sce-e-e-ene She tells Max to stay when the class has gone away So he waits behind Writing 50 times "I must not be so-o-o-oo..." 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 ohh-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-oo 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

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John said that this song was about instant karma, the idea that when you do something wrong, you will be punished immediately (Maxwell's Silver hammer will come down on your head). Paul said that the song was based on the theme that just as things are running smoothly, it will go wrong (Maxwell's Silver Hammer will come down).
Whichever of these claims you decide to go with, the general story remains the same. A medical student kills his girlfriend, then a teacher, then a judge.

 

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