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Taxman
26 September 2011
3.22pm
garysymons
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Hi Everyone.

 

I am currently working on a college project and have chosen The Beatles track 'Taxman' to work on. I have come to the track analysis and I have worked out that there are 4 Verses, and 5 Choruses, but I am not sure if I have got this right, would anyone be able to shed some light on this please?

 

Thanks Gary :-)

27 September 2011
1.03am
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Taxman mentions two politicians by name: Wilson and Heath, leaders of the Labor and Tory parties.

Maybe we can help Gary out: how many other rock songs - before or after - mention politicians by name?

I can think of Nixon in Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young?)'s "Ohio."

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27 September 2011
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"Into the Sky with Diamonds" said:

I can think of Nixon in Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young?)'s "Ohio."

Nice one. And yes, it was CSNY (Young actually wrote it). Did any of John and Yoko's from Some Time In NYC have any name-checks?

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27 September 2011
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John referred to Nixon in "Give Me Some Truth" - No short-haired, yellow-bellied, son of Tricky Dicky is gonna mother hubbard
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And of course, Kennedy in "God".

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27 September 2011
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Theres the updated Taxman in 1989 when George went out on tour and changed the names to make it more relevant for the times, George Bush Snr was one of them but cant think of who the other was, Gorbechev is swirling in my head but that doesnt fit and it wasnt Maggie Thatcher.

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27 September 2011
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Tricky Dick, yes!!!

Remember "Nixon's" re-election campaign slogan? "Don't change dicks in the middle of a screw, vote for Nixon in '72"

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27 September 2011
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If you go carrying pictures of Chairman Mao...

BTW, it's the Labour Party, not the Labor Party, which is an Australian political party (which is odd, as the Australians generally use the British spelling of the word).

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28 September 2011
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Can't think of any Beatley ones off the top of my head, but there's always

"I shouted out 'Who killed the Kennedys'" from Sympathy for the Devil by the Rolling Stones.

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28 September 2011
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Tax man what a great song! Covered by quite a few Funk/Punk bands which shows another great example of beatles songs! You might want to listen to the anthology CD with it on as you might be able to see how it evolved as George was writing it and changing things around

16 October 2011
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mr. Sun king coming together said:

"Into the Sky with Diamonds" said:

I can think of Nixon in Crosby, Stills, Nash (and Young?)'s "Ohio."

 Did any of John and Yoko's from Some Time In NYC have any name-checks?

I think Yoko says something about there not being much difference between Nixon and the Pope... or perhaps it was Hitler and the Pope.... in "We're All Water"

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16 October 2011
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Nixon was definitely mentioned.

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17 October 2011
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The Walrus said:

Nixon was definitely mentioned.

It was Nixon and Chairman Mao. Additionally, Wings' "Junior's Farm" very obliquely refers to Nixon ("Everybody's talkin' bout the President".)

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19 October 2011
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vonbontee said:

The Walrus said:

Nixon was definitely mentioned.

It was Nixon and Chairman Mao. Additionally, Wings' "Junior's Farm" very obliquely refers to Nixon ("Everybody's talkin' bout the President".)

I had to go back and listen to the song after this discussion — and yeah, it was "Chairman Mao and Richard Nixon" who are also seen dancing naked on the album cover (yikes!)…. the later lyric compares Manson and the Pope   (as well as Raquel Welch and Jerry Rubin  blue-meanie)

 

Now that I'm thinking of this… didn't George say something about the Pope owning 71% of General Motors in "Awaiting on You All"?  (I figure the Pope is a quasi-politician so he fits in this category -- he IS a head of state.)

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