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Tuesday, 16 February 2021

What is Maxwell's Silver Hammer about?

Photo by Annie Spratt on Unsplash 

This ghastly miscalculation ... represents by far {McCartney's} worst lapse of taste under the auspices of The Beatles.   Ian MacDonald The Revolution in the Head
Maxwell’s Silver Hammer belongs to a very niche musical tradition: the cheerful murder sing-along. There is also speculation that the lyric was influenced by the murder of Joe Orton, who spent an evening with McCartney some months before his death. 

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