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Song Lyric of the Day, Taxpayer Edition

Friday, April 15, 2011, 10:09 EDT Leave a comment Go to comments

(Edited to add attribution.)

IRS shakedownFor reasons I haven’t yet figured out, the usual April 15 deadline for filing one’s federal tax return is extended this year to Monday. But since we all associate this date with the forcible confiscation of our hard earned dollars by the not-so-benevolent dictators at the Internal Revenue Service, this song is appropriate.

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, 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!

‘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,
Declare the pennies on your eyes.
‘Cause I’m the taxman,
Yeah, I’m the taxman.
And you’re working for no one but me.

— Lennon/McCartney

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