Maxwell's Silver Hammer

Lyrics: Lennon, McCartney
Music: Lennon, McCartney

Introduced by Furthur in March 2011.

Joan was quizzical
Studied pataphysical science in the home
Late nights all alone with a test tube
Oh, 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
Clang, clang, 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 fifty times, I must not be so

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
Clang, clang, Maxwell's silver hammer
Made sure that she was dead

P. C. Thirtyone said
We've caught a dirty one
Maxwell stands alone
Painting testimonial pictures
Oh, oh, oh, oh

Rose and Valerie
Screaming from the gallery
Say he must go free
The judge does not agree
And he tells them so

But as the words are leaving his lips
A noise comes from behind
Bang, bang, Maxwell's silver hammer
Came down upon her head
Clang, clang, Maxwell's silver hammer
Made sure that she was dead

Silver hammer

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