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The Other “TaxMan” Song

Posted by taxguru on June 21, 2016

Over the past few decades, I have posted several renditions by various artists of George Harrison’s classic TaxMan song which was first heard on the 1966 Beatles album, Revolver.

Here is a new performance of a similar song, Cheap Trick’s “Taxman, Mr. Thief” that is often referred to as just TaxMan.

This is from a recent episode (#75) of Live From Daryl’s House, where Daryl Hall performs a variety of songs with other musicians.

This song is not as well known or widely covered as George Harrison’s, but has very similar sentiments.  It was first released on Cheap Trick’s debut album in 1977.  A cover version of this song by The Dream Police was included in Coverville’s Tax Day Tribute that I wrote about in April.

The lyrics, courtesy of AZLyrics:

You work hard, you make money
There ain’t no one in this world who can stop you
You work hard, you went hungry
Now the taxman is out to get you
You worked hard
And slaved and slaved for years
Break your back sweat a lot
Well, it’s just not fair
He hates you, he loves money
And he’ll steal your shit and think that it’s funny
Like the Beatles he ain’t human
Now the taxman is out to get you
You worked hard
And you slaved and slaved for years
You played
And you played and played for years
Taxman, Mr. Heath (he’s a thief)
He’s looking for run-in, yeah
Taxman, Mr. Heath (he’s a thief)
He’s looking for run-in, yeah
You work hard, you make money
There ain’t no one in the world who can stop you
You work hard, you went hungry
Now the taxman is out to get you
You worked hard
And you slaved and slaved for years
Break your back sweat a lot
Well, it’s just not fair
Taxman, Mr. Heath (he’s a thief)
He’s looking for run-in, yeah
Taxman, Mr. Heath (he’s a thief)
He’s looking for run-in, yeah

 

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