Maxwell’s Silver Hammer

Maxwell’s Silver Hammer

One of the happiest most carefree ditties in the Beatles’ catalogue is “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” despite the fact that the delightful tune is matched with lyrics telling the story of a serial killer. With that in mind. Artist Vexi sought to combine the ordinariness of a household hammer, as mentioned in the song, with the toe-tag that hints of its eventual use.

The third track from Abbey Road tells the story of a student who commits a spontaneous and gruesome murder. Written primarily by Paul McCartney, the song is one of many Paul wrote which showed the influence of music hall songs his father regularly performed when Paul was young. A notable element, added by roadie Mal Evans, is the banging of an anvil which lends an unsettling quality to the song.

The song became infamous in later years after the other Beatles spoke out about the song’s stressful and lengthy recording process, with John Lennon declaring “I hate it” in an interview, and Ringo calling it “the worst session ever.”