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 percent 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, Mr. Wilson)
If you don't want to pay some more
(Ah, ah, Mr. 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)

Lyrics submitted by Ice, edited by penispump

Taxman Lyrics as written by George Harrison

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  • +3
    General CommentI would have love to have heard "Taxman" sung at the Republican National Convention.
    shes_a_jaron September 23, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis song was written by george as an offshoot to the high taxes imposed on the beatles in britain. Heath was the prime minister and wilson was the chancellor of exchequer, i think. probably
    joeyjoejoeshabadooon April 18, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentWhatever, I think this song satirizes the more liberal mindset of Western Europe in regard to taxation of their citizenry. George Harrison is a masterful songwriter despite what anybody says.
    OpinionHeadon January 10, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAt their acerbic best. Well, second best. I like Back in the USSR better :)
    pkjunon April 15, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHas anyone heard George Harrison's live version of this song with eric Clapton? Good Lordm it's awesome. You should download it off Kazaa or something. You won't be disappointed.
    SgtPepperLHCBon September 11, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentNo. The song was written around 1966. Harold Wilson was Labour Prime Minister from 1964 to 1970 while Edward Heath was the Leader of the Opposition (Conservative). There was an election in 1966 which Labour won, so good timing for the song by the Beatles. They were complaining that for very high-earners the tax on their income above a certain amount was 95% - but in all honesty there were so many loopholes to get around this that it smacks of nothing but greediness.
    Wyrmon May 14, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti agree with wyrm with regards to greediness - it works better as an anthem for the working classes - the taxmen can suck my balls man
    i love the 'and you're working for no one but me' line
    meursaultsrevolveron September 29, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe rich are taxed disproportionately everywhere. And it kills economies. These "loopholes" are never quite enough to combat governmental greed. Or, is a government incapable of this?
    f1yankon December 04, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI wouldn't be suprised if at some point the Republicans have used or will use this song in an attack ad on a Democrat.

    I agree that the "declare the pennies on your eyes" reference is pretty intellectual. I didn't hear about that practice until I saw it in the movie "Troy", and I didn't have Revolver back then. If I had, I probably would have made a really funny face when I suddenly made the connection.
    ultraspamboyon December 24, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentPaul played the bizarre guitar solo on this song.

    The same recording of the solo is repeated at the end.
    maharishion December 24, 2004   Link

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