The Beatles Song Of The Day:”Taxman”

The Beatles Song Of The Day is “Taxman.” “Taxman” is the first song off of The Beatles “Revolver” album. “Revolver” is in my opinion The Beatles finest album, it is not only my favourite Beatles album but my favourite album by anyone period. George Harrison wrote “Taxman.” John Lennon threw in a few lines to help George when he was asked. The song of course is a bitter song about taxation. Two British prime ministers are mentioned in the song- Edward Heath and Harold Wilson. Heath and Wilson would be the first living people to be mentioned in a Beatles song. George would say in his book “I Me Mine” “Taxman” was when i first realized that even though we had started earning money, we were actually giving most of it away in taxes, it was and still is typical. Why should this be so? Are we being punished for something we have forgotten to do?” John Lennon: backing vocal/ Paul McCartney: backing vocal, bass guitar and lead guitar/ George Harrison: vocal and lead guitar/ Ringo Starr: drums, tambourine and cowbell. “Taxman” was recorded on April 20th, 21st, 22nd and May 16th,1966 at Abbey Road. Producer: George Martin.

Rating “Taxman” on a scale of 1 to 5 stars ***** a classic.

  • “Taxman” was never released as a single.
  • Rolling Stone Magazine ranked “Taxman” at #55 on their “The Beatles 100 Greatest Songs’ list. Spignesi and Lewis had it ranked at #45 in their “100 Best Beatles Songs” list.
  • Length of song 2:39.
  • The backing vocals of “Mr. Wilson” “Mr. Heath” was a suggestion of John Lennon’s.

Taxman {Harrison}

Let me tell you how it will be
There’s one for you, nineteen for me
Cos I’m the taxman, yeah,
I’m the taxman
Should five per cent appear too small
Be thankful I don’t take it all
Cos I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman
If you drive a car,
I’ll tax the street
If you try to sit,
I’ll tax your seat
If you get too cold
I’ll tax the heat
If you take a walk,
I’ll tax your feet
Taxman! Cos I’m the taxman, yeah I’m the taxman
Don’t ask me what I want it for (Aahh Mr. Wilson)
If you don’t want to pay some more (Aahh Mr. Heath)
Cos I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman
Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
Cos I’m the taxman, yeah, I’m the taxman
And you’re working for no one but me Taxman!