|cover song by The Power Station|
|Released||30 September 1996|
|Label||Chrysalis, Capitol, Guardian Records|
|The Power Station|
About the song
Written by George Harrison, the song was originally released as the opening track on The Beatles' 1966 album Revolver.
The lyrics attack the high levels of progressive tax taken by the UK 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.
The Power Station are:
One, two, three, four... Hrmm! 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. Taxman! '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. Taxman!
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