The Beatles -- ‘Taxman’

Taxman (2.39)

George Harrison: Lead vocal, lead guitar; John Lennon: Backing vocal; Paul McCartney: Backing vocal; Ringo Starr: Drums, tambourine;

George was moved to write this after he discovered he’d been placed in the super-tax bracket – which meant that he had to pay 96p in the pound. “I don’t know if I’ll ever be a millionaire,” he whined. “We only get two bob [10p] from every £1 we earn, and that’s split four ways – sixpence each!” He also name-checked a couple of politicians in it, and they became the first living people to be mentioned in a Beatles record.

The 1-2-3-4 count-in is fake, and was edited on as an afterthought. The real count-in (by Paul) can be heard underneath. And the guitar solo at the end is a straight copy of the middle-eight. (This same solo was later re-used as a tape-spool on ‘Tomorrow Never Knows’.)

[N.B.: The Kinks also released a tax-related song in 1966 – their classic single …

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