BEATLES HAD ORWELL'S TAXMEN

To Orwell Today,
re: TAXMEN ROBBED ORWELL

Hi Jackie,

Your articles about Orwell and the taxman recalls to mind the Beatles song The Taxman. Do you remember it and Paperback Writer?

Regards,
Raymond Wills

Hi Raymond,

Yes, I know the song The Taxman. George Harrison wrote it based on the horrific tax problems the Beatles were experiencing. It's very apt for Orwell.

But Orwell is not what one would describe as a Paperback Writer, which has intimations of "low brow" and Orwell wrote "high brow", although he definitely wrote for the masses.

All the best,
Jackie Jura

PS - When Orwell's father died in 1939, Orwell took the pennies that had been placed on his eyes and threw them into the ocean, unlike the taxman who would have pocketed them.

TAXMAN
sung by George Harrison
from 1966 BEATLES album REVOLVER

(this oneís called: taxman)
(one, two, three, four, one two)

Let me tell you how it will be
Thereís one for you, nineteen for me
ícause Iím the taxman
Yeah, Iím the taxman

Should five percent appear too small
Be thankful I donít take it all
ícause Iím the taxman
Yeah, Iím the taxman

(if you drive a car car) Iíll tax the street
(if you try to sit sit) Iíll tax your seat
(if you get too cold cold) Iíll tax the heat
(if you take a walk walk) Iíll tax your feet

Taxman!

ícause Iím the taxman
Yeah, Iím the taxman

Donít ask me what I want it for
(ah, ah, mr. major)
If you donít want to pay some more
(ah, ah, mr. [..])
ícause Iím the taxman
Yeah, Iím the taxman

If I reduce it, can you sleep
(ah, ah, boris yeltzin)
Get back [..] v.a.t.
(ah, ah, mr. bush)
ícause Iím the taxman
Yeah, Iím the taxman

If you get a hat hat, Iíll tax your hat
If you get a cat cat, Iíll tax your cat
If you wipe your feet feet, Iíll tax your mat
If you walk away away, Iíll tax your [..]

Now my advise to those who die
(taxman!)
Declare the pennies on your eyes
(taxman!)
ícause Iím the taxman
Yeah, Iím the taxman.

And youíre working for no one, but me
(taxman!)

Yes, Iím the taxman
Yeah, Iím the taxman

~ watch/listen THE TAXMAN, The Beatles ~

CANADA TOTAL TAX TYRANNY

POEMS & SONGS

Jackie Jura
~ an independent researcher monitoring local, national and international events ~

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