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Taxman - The Beatles


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"Taxman" is a song written by George Harrison and released as the opening track on the Beatles' 1966 album Revolver. Its lyrics attack the high levels of progressive tax taken by the British Labour government of Harold Wilson. Paul's guitar solo utilises what Pollack describes as "fast triplets, exotic modal touches, and a melodic shape which traverses several octaves and ends with a breathtaking upward flourish". Everett considers that McCartney's solo is in the same Dorian mode adapted by Harrison in Love You To. In 1987, Harrison stated: "I was pleased to have Paul play that bit on 'Taxman'. If you notice, he did like a little Indian bit on it for me."Ian MacDonald praised McCartney's contributions to the song saying his guitar solo was "outstanding" and his bass part was "remarkable".

The Beatles were an iconic rock group from Liverpool, England. They are frequently cited as the most commercially successful and critically acclaimed band in modern history, with innovative music, a cultural impact that helped define the 1960s and an enormous influence on music that is still felt today. Currently, The Beatles are one of the two musical acts to sell more than 1 billion records, with only Elvis Presley having been able to achieve the same feat. Show more ...

Taxman - The Beatles






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

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