The Beatles Maxwells's Silver Hammer lyrics

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    Find out how the lyrics to Maxwells's Silver Hammer from the Beatles Abbey Road album came to be written.

    Beatles Album: Abbey Road : Track 3

    Year: 1969

    Lyrics: Lennon, McCartney

    Length: 3.24

    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.

    Individual Beatles role on Maxwell's silver hammer

    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

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