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                THE BEATLES – MAXWELL'S SILVER HAMMER
                           Paul McCartney
           From ABBEY ROAD, released on September 26, 1969

       -------------------------------------------------------





             Though almost recorded for The White Album 
             and rehearsed several times during the Get 
             Back Sessions on January 1969, it was never 
             recorded properly to be released on either 
             album. It ended up being the third track on 
             Abbey Road. On July 9th, 21 takes of the 
             basic track were recorded and overdubbed and 
             remixed on the following 2 days.






  Joan was quizzical, studied pataphysical
  Science in the home
  Late nights all alone with a test-tube ohh oh oh oh
  Maxwell Edison majoring in medicine
  Calls her on the phone
  Can I take you out to the pictures, Joan?
  But as she's getting ready to go
  A knock comes on the door

  Bang, bang, Maxwell's silver hammer
  Came down upon her head
  Bang, bang, Maxwell's silver hammer
  Made sure that she was dead

  Back in school again Maxwell plays the fool again
  Teacher gets annoyed
  Wishing to avoid an unpleasant scene
  She tells Max to stay when the class has gone away
  So he waits behind
  Writing 50 times "I must not be so" oh oh oh
  But when she turns her back on the boy
  He creeps up from behind

  Bang, bang, Maxwell's silver hammer
  Came down upon her head
  Bang, bang, Maxwell's silver hammer
  Made sure that she was dead

  P.C. Thirty-One said "We caught a dirty one"
  Maxwell stands alone
  Painting testimonial pictures ohh oh oh oh
  Rose and Valerie screaming from the gallery
  Say he must go free (Maxwell must go free)
  The judge does not agree and he tells them so oh oh oh
  But as the words are leaving his lips
  A noise comes from behind

  Bang, bang, Maxwell's silver hammer
  Came down upon his head
  Bang, Bang, Maxwell's silver hammer
  Made sure that he was dead

  Silver hammer man





    VERSE

  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|5---------------4--------------|2-----------------------2------|
  E|-------------------------------|----------------2--------------|
    Joan    was     quizzical,      studied pataphysical




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|2------------------------------|2-------0----------------------|
  A|----------------2------------2-|----------------4-------2------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    science         in      the  home




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|2--------------------2---------|
  A|0---------------4--------------|-------------0--4-------4------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    Late    nights  all     alone        with    test    tube
                                            a





  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|5---------------4-------2------|0---------------2-------4------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    oh,             oh,  oh,     oh




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|5---------------4--------------|2-----------------------2------|
  E|-------------------------------|----------------2--------------|
    Maxwell         Edison          majoring     in medicine




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|2------------------------------|2-------0----------------------|
  A|----------------2------------2-|----------------4-------2------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    calls   her     on      the  phone




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|2-----------------------2------|
  A|0---------------4--------------|-------------0--4--------------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    Can  I          take    you  out     to the  pictures




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|------------------------2------|
  A|5---------------4-------2------|0---------------0----4-------4-|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    Jo       -      o  - o   -   oan?                            But



    PRE-CHORUS

  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|2------------------------------|------------------------2--/---|
  A|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    as      she's   getting      ready      to   go,             a




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|7------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|-------------------------------|-----0--4-------2-------0------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    knock   comes   on      the  door



    CHORUS

  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|5------------------------------|5------------4--5-------6------|
  E|----------------5--------------|-------------------------------|
    Bang,   bang!   Maxwell's       silver       hammer     came




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-----9-------------------------|
  A|7----------------------------7-|9/11----11\9-7--9-------7------|
  E|----------------7--------------|-------------------------------|
    down         upon    her     head




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|7------------7-----------------|-------------------------------|
  A|----------------7------------7-|-------------7-------4--7------|
  E|-------------------------------|5---------------5--------------|
    Clang,  clang!  Maxwell's       silver       hammer     made




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|7------------------------------|5---------------5--------------|
  E|--------7-------5-------7------|-----5--7----------------------|
    sure    that    she  was     dead




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|5---------------4--------------|2---------------0--------------|
  E|-------------------------------|-----------------------------x-|





  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|--------0-------2-------4------|5----7--4-------5-------0------|
  E|3------------------------------|-------------------------------|




    VERSE

  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|5---------------4--------------|2-----------------------2------|
  E|-------------------------------|----------------2--------------|
    Back    in      school          Maxwell plays the    again
                         again                      fool




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|2------------------------------|2-------0----------------------|
  A|----------------2------------2-|----------------4-------2------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    teacher         gets    annoyed




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|2-----------------------2------|
  A|0---------------4--------------|-------------0--4--------------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    wishing         to      avoid        an unpleasant




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|5---------------4-------2------|0---------------0-------2------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    sce      -      e  - e   -   ene




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|5---------------4--------------|2---------------2--------------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    She  tells      Max  to stay    when the     has     away
                                            class   gone




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|2------------------------------|2-------0----------------------|
  A|----------------2------------2-|----------------4-------2------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    so      he      waits   behind




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|2-----------------------2------|
  A|0---------------4--------------|-------------0--4--------------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    writing         fifty        times  “I  must    not     be




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|------------------------2------|
  A|5---------------4-------2------|0---------------0----4-------4-|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    so       -      o  - o   -   o”                              But



    PRE-VERSE

  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|2------------------------------|------------------------2--/---|
  A|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    when    she     turns her    back    on the  boy,            he




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|7------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|-------------------------------|-----5--4-------2-------0------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    creeps  up      from    behind



    CHORUS

  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|5------------------------------|5------------4--5-------6------|
  E|----------------5--------------|-------------------------------|
    Bang,   bang!   Maxwell's       silver       hammer     came




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|7------------------------------|7--9--7-5--7--5-4--5--4-2--4--2|
  E|----------------7--------------|-------------------------------|
    down         upon    her     head




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|2------------2-------2---------|
  A|0------------0--4------------4-|----------------4-------4------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    Clang,  clang!  Maxwell's       silver       hammer     made




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|2------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|----------------2--------------|0-------2-------4-------0------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    sure    that    she  was     dead



    GUITAR SOLO

  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|5------------------------------|5------------0--5-------6------|
  E|----------------5--------------|-------------------------------|





  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-----9--11---9-----------------|
  A|7------------------------------|9/11------------11\9-7--9----7-|
  E|----------------7--------------|-------------------------------|





  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|7------------7-----------------|-------------------------------|
  A|----------------7------------7-|---------------------4--7------|
  E|-------------------------------|5---------------5--------------|





  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|7------------------------------|5---------------5--------------|
  E|--------7-------5-------7------|--------7----------------------|





  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|5---------------4--------------|2---------------0--------------|
  E|-------------------------------|-----------------------------x-|





  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|--------0-------2-------4------|5----7--4-------5-------0------|
  E|3------------------------------|-------------------------------|




    VERSE

  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|5---------------4--------------|2-----------------------2------|
  E|-------------------------------|----------------2--------------|
    P.C.            thirty-one      said,   caught  dirty   one”
                                        “We've   a




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|2------------------------------|2-------0----------------------|
  A|----------------2------------2-|----------------4-------2------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    Maxwell         stands  alone




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|2------------------------------|
  A|0---------------4--------------|-------------0--4-------0------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    painting        testimonial                     pictures




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|5---------------4-------2------|0------------0--4-------0------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    oh,             oh,  oh,     oh




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|5---------------4--------------|2---------------2--------------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------2----------2------|
    Rose    and     Valerie         screaming    the
                                            from    gallery




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|2------------------------------|2-------0----------------------|
  A|----------------2------------2-|----------------4--5--4--2-----|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    say     he      must    go      free                         The




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|2------------2-----------------|
  A|0---------------4------------4-|----------------4-------0------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    judge does      not     agree        and he  tells   them




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|------------------------2------|
  A|5---------------4-------2------|0---------------0----4---------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    so       -      o  - o   -   o                               But



    PRE-CHORUS

  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|2------------------------------|------------------------2--/---|
  A|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    as      the     words are    leaving    his  lips,           a




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|7------------------------------|-----7--6----------------------|
  A|-------------------------------|----------------9B------7------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
    noise   comes   from    behind



    CHORUS

  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|5----------------------------0-|5------------0--5-------6------|
  E|----------------5--------------|-------------------------------|
    Bang,   bang!   Maxwell's       silver       hammer     came




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|--------6B---------------------|
  A|7---------------7--------------|7---------------9----7--9------|
  E|-------------7---------------7-|-------------------------------|
    down         upon    her     head




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|7------------7-----------------|-------------------------------|
  A|----------------7------------7-|-------------7-------4--7------|
  E|-------------------------------|5---------------5--------------|
    Clang,  clang!  Maxwell's       silver       hammer     made




  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|7------------------------------|--------4-------7--------------|
  E|----------------7--------------|5-----------------------5------|
    sure    that    she  was     dead



    OUTRO

  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|5------------------------------|5------------4--5-------6------|
  E|----------------5--------------|-------------------------------|





  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-----9-------------------------|
  A|7----------------------------7-|9/11----11------9----7--9------|
  E|----------------7--------------|-------------------------------|





  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|2--------------------2---------|
  A|0---------------4--------------|----------------4-------4------|
  E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|





  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|2------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|--------4----------------------|5---------------5--------------|
  E|----------------5-------7------|-----5--7----------------------|





  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|5---------------4--------------|2---------------0--------------|
  E|-------------------------------|-----------------------------x-|





  G|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  A|--------0-------2-------4------|5----7--4-------5--------------|
  E|3------------------------------|-------------------------------|

            
            
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spritez36 125 Jul 30, 2012 03:54 AM

This bassline was played by George Harrison, I love it!

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cmano13 733 Jan 17, 2014 06:09 PM, edited at 11:16 pm

Clean, accurate tab. Nice.I would, however, suggest changing the section following that quick part in the chorus (9/11, etc etc) to:

EDIT: Sorry, that last measure is only the second time around. It's the first half that I was referring to.

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