Song Lyric Sunday – Collecting


Jim Adams’ prompt for Song Lyric Sunday  is Acquire/Collect/Gather/Secure.  Jim says please stick to the rules and find a song with the prompt words in title, lyric or over all meaning of the song.  


When I think of collecting or gathering, I think of Uncle Sam and the never ending need to collect our money. No matter how much you acquire, Uncle Sam will collect his share. From this thought there is a quick trip to yet another favorite song.

One, two, three, four
One, two… (One, two, three, four)

[Verse 1]
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

[Verse 2]
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

[Guitar Solo: Paul McCartney]

‘Cause I’m the taxman
Yeah, I’m the taxman

[Verse 3]
Don’t ask me what I want it for
(Haha, Mr. Wilson)
If you don’t want to pay some more
(Haha, Mr. Heath)

‘Cause I’m the taxman
Yeah, I’m the taxman

[Verse 4]
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 (Taxman!)


Taxman George Martin    

When doing a little research I found some interesting information. The article is here for anyone interested. It was no surprise that the Beatles were unaware of the terrible taxation rates. What did surprise me was the way their manager tried to limit their rights to their own money. (This is my opinion only.) Everyone assumed they were tolling dough, when in fact they were not. (At the beginning.)

I was also unaware of the limitations placed on George Harrison. In my teen world they all were happy friends. “As the lead track on Revolver, “Taxman” represents the only time a UK-issued Beatles studio album opened with a Harrison song or lead vocal.” I was unaware of the 95% supertax introduced by Harold Wilson. (Yikes). 



Song by the Beatles
from the album Revolver
Released 5 August 1966
Recorded 20–22 April, 16 May
and 21 June 1966
Studio EMI, London
Genre Rock,[1] hard rock[2]
Length 2:39
Label Parlophone
Songwriter(s) George Harrison
Producer(s) George Martin

16 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday – Collecting

  1. Great song Lauren and I must be living in an alternate universe, as many people are still doing their own interpretation on the prompt again today. I like the Harrison and Clapton version of the song, but the Beatles version with just lyrics is a bit disturbing.

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