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Paul McCartney’s handwritten working lyrics for the Beatles “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer” written late 1968 or January, 1969. One page, comprising 20 lines of the essential recorded lyrics of the song, handwritten in black ink on Apple Corp letterhead, with corrections, additions and lyrical variants. The song appeared on the classic Beatles album Abbey Road which was released in September, 1969. Authenticated by Beatles handwriting expert Frank Caiazzo.

One of the iconic songs from Rock & Roll’s most iconic band, if you are a Beatles fan you know these lyrics by heart and have most likely laughed along with the Beatles at Paul’s seemingly non-sensical lyrics about Maxwell, the ultimate “bad seed” who commits murder with a hammer. In “Many Years from Now,” the Barry Miles official biography of Paul McCartney, Paul is quoted as follows: “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer was my analogy for when something goes wrong out of the blue, as it so often does, as I was beginning to find out at that time in my life. I wanted something symbolic of that, so to me it was some fictitious character called Maxwell with a silver hammer. I don’t know why it was silver, it just sounded better than Maxwell’s hammer.”

Variants from the recorded version as appearing on Abbey Road include: second line of second verse: “Maxwell plays the ass again" has been scored out and substituted with “is an ass” which has been substituted with “a fool.” And in the sixth line of the second verse: "You will wait behind ..." instead of the released version "So he waits behind."

Paul’s handwritten page of working lyrics is accompanied by two pages of lyrics in the hand of Mal Evans, the Beatles road manager, personal assistant and friend, likely written in January 1969. One page in blue ink with variations to the released version corresponding to the page in McCartney's hand, incorporating McCartney's changes to the lyrics “Back in school again Maxwell is a fool again…”, the other with further additions in black ink in Mal Evans' hand, including: - “Whistling” next to the first line of the song and after the chorus - at the foot of the page, Evans has added “Whistling 2 verses Chorus Bang Whistling 2 Verses Chorus Bang Chorus (Whistling) Bang Solo 2 Verses Chorus Bang Chorus Bang End Bang Bang End BANG.” Very good condition. . Comes with a Gotta Have Rock & Roll™ Certificate of Authenticity. Authenticated by Beatles handwriting expert Frank Caiazzo, if the high bidder wishes to obtain a letter of authenticity from Mr. Caiazzo, Gotta Have Rock and Roll will help facilitate.

Provenance: Christies New York, 4 December 2006, lot 164, $192,000.
Beatles Paul McCartney Handwritten "Maxwells Silver Hammer" Working Lyrics Frank Caiazzo Authenticated
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Auction closed on Saturday, November 23, 2019.
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