vendredi 16 avril 2010

George Harrison: The Taxman

Article datant de 2001 sur la chanson 'The Taxman' des Beatles, écrite par George Harrison.

NB. Je n'arrive pas à inclure le lien du vidéo de la chanson mais il fonctionne dans l'article original.

Via le QL:

Montréal, December 8, 2001 / No 94


George Harrison died of cancer at the
age of 58 last November in Los Angeles.
Best known for his work as lead guitarist
for The Beatles, the "quiet Beatle", as
many will remember him, is the brain
behind such hits as "Here comes the
sun," "While My Guitar Gently Weeps", "Something," "I Me Mine," and

Earlier songs were "just any words I
could think of," he once said in an
interview. The more autobiographical
one came much later, during his
Post-Beatles solo career. But if one
song, in his Fab Four area, is auto-
biographical, it's perhaps "Taxman"
from the Revolver album.

George Harrison composed "Taxman," with a little help from his friend John Lennon, in 1966,
after The Beatles took a closer look at what they owed Her Majesty's tax collectors.
"Taxman was [written] when I first realized that even though we had started earning money,
we were actually giving most of it away in taxes. It was and still is typical," said Harrison in
a 1980 interview.

As our way of remembering Mr. Harrison, QL offers this anti-tax anthem, written when
Britain had a 95% top tax rate – thus, the lyrics "one for you, nineteen for me".

G. G.


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 per cent 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 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
'Cause I'm the taxman,
yeah I'm the taxman
Don't ask me what I want it for
(ha ha Mr. Wilson)
If you don't want to pay some more
(ha ha Mr. Heath)
'Cause I'm the taxman,
yeah, I'm the taxman
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.

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