Maxwell's Silver Hammer was written by McCartney, though credited to Lennon–McCartney. It's a pop song with dark, eccentric lyrics about a man named Maxwell who commits murders with a hammer.
The recording subsequently drew comment from the band: Lennon said "I was ill after the accident when they did most of that track", referring to his recent car accident, "and it really ground George and Ringo into the ground recording it", adding later "I hate it, 'cos all I remember is the track ... (Paul) did everything to make it into a single, and it never was and it never could have been." Harrison characterized the song as "fruity" and commented "we spent a hell of a lot of time on it", and later "after a while, we did a good job on it". McCartney recalled: "The only arguments were about things like me spending three days on Maxwell's Silver Hammer. I remember George saying, 'You've taken three days, it's only a song.' – 'Yeah, but I want to get it right. I've got some thoughts on this one.' It was early-days Moog work and it did take a bit of time".
For the studio version of the song, the anvil was played by Starr, in the Beatles film Let It Be, however, Mal Evans is seen hitting the anvil as the Beatles record the track. Read more on Last.fm. User-contributed text is available under the Creative Commons By-SA License; additional terms may apply.