Beatles: Maxwell's Silver Hammer Meaning
Song Released: 1969
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Maxwell's Silver Hammer Lyrics
Science in the home
Late nights all alone with a test-tube
Maxwell Edison, majoring in medicine
Calls her on the phone
Can I take you out to the picture
But as she’s...
anonymous Jun 5th 2011 report
Condom use in the inner city.
anonymous May 21st 2011 report
The song is so demented but cute! Maxwell edison is now a real one. That's my parrots name! The love of the crazy kid.
anonymous Jan 20th 2011 report
That maxwell is a very troubled man. he needded help. he hits people with hammer and then drags them into dumps. rosa parks
anonymous Jan 2nd 2011 report
Yup it's ust talking about how life hits you with unexpected and inconvenient occurences (the hammer) and how it happens to everyone. Love the song. Long live the Beatles!!
anonymous Jan 1st 2011 report
It's about a serial killer, Maxwell. It's about how life hits you in unexpected ways.
anonymous Jul 21st 2010 report
So I just saw this on Wikipedia and thought it was interesting. In the article on the Pope, the death section says:
"In recent centuries it was traditional, when a Pope was judged to have died, for the Cardinal Chamberlain to confirm the death ceremonially by gently tapping the Pope's head thrice with a silver hammer, calling his birth name each time."
Not saying it really means anything, just saying maybe...
anonymous Jun 23rd 2010 report
Maybe I've read too much into it, but it sounds like a warning about pharmaceutical companies taking over. Maxwell Edison (majoring in medicine) kills Joan (science), his teacher (education), and the judge (law). Either way, I like my interpretation better... much more prophetic than simply being about bad things happening out of the blue.
anonymous Jun 5th 2010 report
Laughing at Anon for:
"Wow, so much fail. Maxwell is a real guy. He really killed three people in this exact order. And he did it all with a silver hammer. Stop trying to be "deep" when there's nothing to be deep about."
Obviously Googling has name will take you to sites taking the p*$$. Bit of a fail yourself. I'm quite happy to accept Paul's explanation.
anonymous Apr 3rd 2010 report
Maxwell is considered by many physicists to be the 19th-century scientist with the greatest influence on 20th-century physics. Einstein kept a photograph of Maxwell on his study wall. Maxwell's electromagnetic field discoveries laid the foundation for future work in such fields as special relativity and quantum mechanics (theories which may allude to the relative causation of life and all phenomena over infinity).
anonymous Mar 29th 2010 report
According to FOX news and Associated Press reports:
"When a pope dies, the prefect of the papal household informs the camerlengo, or chamberlain, who will be the most important official running the Holy See in the period between the death of a pope and the election of a new one. The camerlengo must then verify the death — a process which in the past was done by striking the forehead of the pope with a silver hammer. The camerlengo then calls out to the pope three times by his baptismal name. When the pope does not respond, the camerlengo then announces, "The pope is dead." The camerlengo then uses the silver hammer to smash the pope's ring — the papal seal or "ring of the fisherman" — to preclude forgery of official documents."
According to the Associated Press, the practice of hitting the pope with a silver hammer ended in the 1960s.
I think that this song had to do with Paul's doubts about christianity, and that what made more sense to him was the law of causality or karma (more the center of Eastern philosophies, such as buddhism, etc.). I think Paul may have disavowed such an interpretation many years later because he experienced the backlash of such religious commentary before (see John Lennon's comment that the beatles are more popular than christ) and could have grew more conservative or safe (knighthood notwithstanding). As noted, the beatles spent more in producing this song than any other, so I don't think it was done on a lark for a nonchalant lyric, especially when so much went into other lyrics.
anonymous Mar 2nd 2010 report
Wow, so much fail. Maxwell is a real guy. He really killed three people in this exact order. And he did it all with a silver hammer.
Stop trying to be "deep" when there's nothing to be deep about.
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