Formal structure of  "Maxwell's Silver Hammer":
Verse 1 0:00-0:29
Verse 2 0:59-1:28
Solo 1 (v) 1:50-2:04
Verse 3 2:12-2:41
Solo 2 (v) 3:03-3:17
Coda (tag) 3:17-3:27
Comments: With the exception of the lack of introduction, this is pretty standard. The verses, bridges, choruses, and tags all function in textbook manner. The only thing slightly unusual is the use of multiple solos - something the Beatles had done just 9 times previously in [29b] "Long Tall Sally",  "I'm a Loser", [46b] "Everybody's Trying to Be My Baby", [46e] "Honey Don't",  "I'm Down",  "The Fool on the Hill",  "Get Back",  "For You Blue", and  "Old Brown Shoe" - both of which employ the verses' music, sans vocals.
The macro-scale formal design of the song can be broken down quite neatly into three nearly identical parts (indicated in the graphic below with black brackets), each of which can be further broken down into two parts (the red and green squares).
Notice that the second and third black brackets are structurally identical, but that the first is "missing" a solo.
4/20/2016 11:58:54 am
Are the solos of this song reminiscent of the verses or the choruses? They sound like choruses, but you marked them as "Solo 1 (v)" so I wasn't sure.
4/20/2016 01:59:31 pm
Glad you like my blog :-) However, these are very old - first drafts, so to speak. I'm currently working on an encyclopedia of structure in Beatles songs, during the course of which I have extensively revised most of my blogs. Email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) and I'll send you an updated analysis.
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