MAXWELL'S SILVER HAMMER
PMCPP Analysis #2
Key: D Major
Rhythm used: Chunk
Today's study is on a textbook example of the chunk rhythm. Our next study will be an example of the Ba-dum rhythm, just so you can have a fair idea of how both of them work. This will also provide some insight into one of the few keys he goes into when he's not FCGing.
THE PIANO: Old school chunking here. This is one of his more in-depth chunking songs, though, as during verses he occasionally throws in a couple of single notes, though it's nothing special or memorable as it's mostly (read: all) just running down the scale in seconds. In the interum between verse extension and chorus, he even throws in a so-cliche-it's-not-even-funny little "Da dum dum dum" sort of piano riff. As if this song couldn't get more cliche. Ugh.
That part I labeled "extension" provides even more laziness into the already lazy song by allowing him to only have to play 2 chords (not over and over, total. 2 chords) in a 4 measure period, which just happen to be similar to chords he'd already played! Paul's laziness at it's best, I tell ya.
LAZINESS IN WRITING: This song may not be in FCG, but it's in D, which is only a bit better. Looking through the Paul McCartney body of work, it's one of the few keys he ever ventures off into. Guess he must've taken a piano lesson in D one time or something and just kept reusing it to attempt and prove he could actually do stuff.
This song shines in the "stupid lyrics and idea" department, so much so that even the other Beatles had to stop him from making this a single. Of course, since the song involves Paul and a piano, it'd have sold millions. Seriously, it's about a dude who goes around and beats up people with his hammer. No real reason why he does it is given, I guess the guy is just insane. Shouldn't we find psychiatric help for people who write songs about guys killing their girlfriends with hammers?
The bassline and such really isn't too special either, just being seemingly random notes from whatever chord is going in quarter notes with rests in between. Really, I can't find anything in this song that doesn't scream "Written while drunk at 4 AM on a Sunday." Even Ringo didn't sound particularly inspired on this track.
WHY PAUL GOT AWAY WITH IT: I'm not quite sure why people didn't rip him apart for this one, since I have yet to find a redeeming quality to it. I guess by this point people were just so happy that the Beatles were still recording that they would've accepted an album of 12 versions of "Dig It" for some new Beatles. Most of Abbey Road was better than that, thank god. Maybe the awesomeness of the other songs just masked this one from people's minds.
6 years ago