Maxwell can tell he's in hell
He just wants you to visit him there
Same old game that he's playing
His rules are never fair

Nobody want to look back
Everybody want to get high tonight before they run out of time
Where's the felon, the chargiale felon
The name of the crook who committed the crime

9-9-9 if you really want the truth
Dial 9-9-9 if you can't see it through
He ain't Jack the Ripper
He's your ordinary crook
Calling maxwell murder for you

Maxwell got ahand in this plan
He knows who you are in this plan
Shop the rock before you bought it
Sickness Maxwell knows you caught it

Nobody want to look back
Everybody want to get high tonight before they run out of time
Where's the felon, the chargiale felon
The name of the crook who committed the crime!

9-9-9 if you really want the truth
Dial 9-9-9 if you can't see it through
He ain't Jack the Ripper
He's your ordinary crook
Calling maxwell murder for you

Dial 9-9-9 if you really want the truth
Dial 9-9-9 if you can't see it through
He ain't Jack the Ripper
He's your ordinary crook
Calling maxwell murder for you


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Maxwell Murder song meanings
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  • +3
    General CommentInstead of saying.. "THIS SONG RULES RANCID KIX SO MUCH ASS! I LEARNED THIS SONG FROM DAVE MIRAS BMX!! YAH!!! MY MOMMY MADE ME TURN IT DOWN THOUGH CAUSE IT WAS PASSED MY BEDDY BED TIME!!11"...How about studying the lyrics and giving your interpretation of the song, no one here cares if you think "rancid kicks ass", we want to know the meanings of the song and different interpretations.
    punkintendedon June 13, 2003   Link
  • +2
    General CommentPeople! It's about a drug dealer. I have a video of a Warped Show I saw them at. Lars says, "This next song is about a drug dealer named Max. Maxwell." Simple. See ya in the pit.
    PunkSkaDJPon June 10, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI agree with the drug dealer thing, but I'm not sure if it has anything to do with "london's burning" by "The Clash". 999 is also 911 in england so that could mean something.

    P.S.: Please post on the Rancid songs with any comments on them
    samueljackson32on July 21, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI always had this theory that it had a connection with the song maxwell's silver hammer by the beatles. Maxwell's silver hammer is about how maxwell killed his girlfriend, teacher and judge. Maxwell's murder.
    Adreanalineon November 15, 2007   Link
  • +2
    General CommentIsn´t the song about The Maxwell Confait murder in London 1972?

    A tranvestite that was killed in a murder. The following behavior by the Police was questioned and the youngsters that was convicted was by many considered as scapegoats. The case have been reexamined and questioned.

    999 was the English emergency call number, In EU now it is 112.

    So I thought that Rancid used the " Call 999 if you really want the truth" in an ironic way.
    12fupron July 29, 2012   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIs Maxwell a real guy that they are singing about, or did Rancid just make them up?
    Squall3600on May 08, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General CommentOk, lets see....I was thinking about something completely different but because the lyrics have been corected by Scavenger Type I feel that it could be about a drug dealer. "he ain't jack the ripper..." he's not a murderer, hes a drugo. But interpret it any way you like. Rancid rule, I do love the bass in this song too.
    Rancid ruuuuule!!
    ratpickon July 02, 2003   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI always thought it was about the Robert Maxwell 'Murder' you know the was he murdered, did he kill himself or was it an accident thing? but that's probably because i never really listened to it properly and half the time i don't understand what he's saying..
    Bonavoxon June 20, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentMaxwell is a chracter from Orwell's 'Burmese Days'. His murder is the catalyst for the indian revolution that starts the non-violence movement of Ghandi.

    But I doubt that relates to this song. It could....but I think it has more to do with a guy that had a drug overdose. Who really commits the crime in that situation? Dial 999 (911) - they'll tell you it's the drugs and dealers. But no one wants to believe that...they'd rather deny it and go on in their drug enduced fantasies. "Nobody wants to look back"
    xvpatchvxon July 21, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song isn't about a drug dealer it's about Robert Maxwell, who owned a massive media corporation ins England (hence 999).

    en.wikipedia.org/wiki/…

    He died in mysterious circumstances and it was subsequently discovered that he had been stealing from the compan pension fund and was suspected of having commited war crimes back in WW2.
    osamaon October 10, 2006   Link

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