Though it was aimed at British policy, George Harrison‘s Revolver opener, “Taxman,” is arguably the best tax day jam every written. If you haven’t dedicated a moment of your April 15 past or present to cowbell and McCartney solo-sear loose some biting sarcasm aimed at the veritable Man taking all your hard-earned cash, you either hate The Beatles, or you work for the IRS. Besides, it’s not like revolutions were started over taxes.
Of course the Fab Four’s wealth fell into a tax bracket most of us will never comprehend. But the taxman message is timeless: “It’s a song that goes regardless if it’s the 60s, 70s, 80s or 90s,” Harrison told Rolling Stone not long before his death, “There’s always a taxman.” Or rather, queue the oppressive parody bridge, from that dickhead 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