christine~ (eppylover) wrote,

Former PM Sir Edward Heath dies

What do George Harrison and a former prime minister have in common?

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 drive to city,
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.


(George Harrison)
This is a bitter song about how much money
The Beatles were paying in taxes. People with
high earnings pay exorbitant taxes in England.
Many successful entertainers leave the country
so they can keep more of their money.
As a result, The Beatles - as well as The Who
and The Rolling Stones - spent a lot of time in
America and other parts of Europe as "tax exiles."

"Mr. Wilson" and "Mr. Heath" are mentioned
in the lyrics. They are British Prime Ministers
Harold Wilson and Edward Heath, who were being
scorned in the song for contributing to English tax laws.

'Cause I'm the taxman.
Yeah, I'm the taxman.

Don't ask me what I want it for,
(Uh-uh, Mr. Wilson.)
If you don't want to pay some more.
(Uh-uh, Mr. Heath.)

'Cause I'm the taxman.
Yeah, I'm the taxman.

And my advice to
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.
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