This site covers the original British Beatles Albums plus analyses of the lyrics of non-album tracks.
Information on how the Beatles wrote the lyrics to the songs on the Abbey Road album can be navigated from below.
Beatles Album: Abbey Road : Track 3
Lyrics: Lennon, McCartney
The lyrics of the Beatles Maxwells silver Hammer song were mainly written by Paul, who wanted the recorded to be released as a single. The lyrics are meant to describe the feelings that occur when everything is going right and then 'bang bang' it all goes wrong. Lennon saw this song as being a description of Instant Karma; a song that he would later record himself.
Interesting and fittingly when recording Maxwell's silver hammer, Ringo gets to bang a hammer on an anvil. This is the first time that synthesized music is played by the Beatles, this is done by George.
John Lennon: Backing Vocals, Lead guitar
Paul McCartney: Lead Vocals, Backing Vocals, Bass guitar, Piano
George Harrison: Acoustic guitar, Synthesiser
Ringo Starr: Hammer, Anvil, Drums