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The Beatles, ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer’ – Disturbing Songs People Love

Paul McCartney‘s always had a knack for catchy melodies — so much so in fact, that it’s easy to forget he’s gleefully singing about a man who murders people during ‘Maxwell’s Silver Hammer.’

During the three-and-a-half minute song — which can be found in the middle of side one on the Beatles‘ 1969 album ‘Abbey Road’ — Maxwell’s girlfriend, school teacher and a judge all meet their doom via the titular piece of hardware.

George Harrison may have been ready to bash McCartney a bit himself after Paul dragged his bandmates through three days of work in order to get this “fruity” (George’s words) song sounding the way he wanted it to.

Next: Fire!

 

Hear ‘Maxwell’s SIlver Hammer’ by the Beatles

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