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song by The Beatles
Released 5 August 1966
Recorded Abbey Road Studios 20–22 April, 16 May, 21 June 1966
Genre Rock
Length 2:39 minutes
Label Parlophone
Writer George Harrison
Producer George Martin
cover song by The Power Station

"Taxman" is a song written by George Harrison, released as the opening track on The Beatles' 1966 album Revolver. The song has been covered by The Power Station.

About the song Edit

The song's lyrics attack the high levels of progressive tax taken by the government. Richie Unterberger of allmusic said that Revolver is where Harrison "came more to the fore, not only writing three songs but also getting honored with the album-opener."

Harrison said, "'Taxman' was when I first realised that even though we had started earning money, we were actually giving most of it away in taxes. It was and still is typical." The Beatles' large earnings placed them in the top tax bracket in the United Kingdom, liable to a 95% supertax introduced Harold Wilson's Labour government.

In 1987, Harrison stated that he had been pleased McCartney agreed to play the guitar on "Taxman": "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".

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One, two, three, four...


One, two, (one, two, three, four!)

Let me tell you how it will be;

There's one for you, nineteen for me.

'Cause I’m the taxman,

Yeah, I’m the taxman.

Should five per cent appear too small,

Be thankful I don't take it all.

'Cause I’m the taxman,

Yeah, I’m the taxman.

(if you drive a car, car;) - I’ll tax the street;

(if you try to sit, sit;) - I’ll tax your seat; 

(if you get too cold, cold;) - I’ll tax the heat;

(if you take a walk, walk;) - I'll tax your feet.


'Cause I’m the taxman,

Yeah, I’m the taxman.

Don't ask me what I want it for, (ah-ah, mister Wilson)

If you don't want to pay some more. (ah-ah, mister heath)

'Cause I’m the taxman,

Yeah, I’m the taxman.

Now my advice for those who die, (taxman)

Declare the pennies on your eyes. (taxman)

'Cause I’m the taxman,

Yeah, I’m the taxman.

And you're working for no one but me.

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