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Author
Taxman
The Beatles
Written by George Harrison; released on "Revolver" album

George's song about the very high rate of tax they had to pay. This was the
Beatles' most "political" song by that time, it was only preceded by "Think
For Yourself" - also by George... Paul played the guitar solo, which was
artifically added to the end of the song once more. The original recording
had a complete ending where the "second" solo would begin; this can be heard
on the "Anthology 2" album. That version has John and Paul very rapidly
singing "Anybody got a bit of money, anybody got a bit of money, anybody got
a bit of money" (a sixteenth note for each syllable) instead of "Ha! Ha! Mr.
Wilson/Heath" on the version heard on "Revolver" album. There were high D
notes played on the lead guitar in the second verse, which were deleted from
the official version, it can be heard well as those few seconds were also
deleted from the tambourine part. The original recording also missed the
cowbell part which starts at the beginning of the second refrain.

Intro:
G|------- 7------ ----5-- -------|------- 7------ ----5-- -------|
D|--------------5-5h7------------|--------------5-7--------------|
A|5------------------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
                                                          Let me

Verse:
G|------- 7------ ----5-- -------|------- 7------ ----5-- -------|
D|--------------5-7--------------|--------------5h7--------------|
A|5------------------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
      tell    you     how     it      will    be


G|------- ------- ----5-- -------|------- 7------ ----5-- -------|
D|----------------5/7------------|--------------5h7--------------|
A|5-------5----------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
                                                          There's
                                                              one

G|------- 7------ ----5-- -------|------- 7------ ----5-- -------|
D|--------------5h7--------------|--------------5h7--------------|
A|5------------------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
      for     you,    nine -  teen    for     me


G|------- ------- ----5-- -------|------- 7------ ----5-- \------|
D|----------------5/7------------|--------------5h7--------------|
A|5-------5----------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
                                                     'Cause   the
                                                          I'm
Refrain:
G|------- 5------ ----3-- -------|------- 5------ ----3-- -------|
D|----------------3/5------------|--------------3-3h5------------|
A|3------------------------------|3------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  tax  -  man,                        yeah,               I'm the


G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- 7------ ----5-- -------|
D|--------5-----------3----------|--------------5h7--------------|
A|--------------3h5--------------|5------------------------------|
E|3------------------------------|-------------------------------|
      tax    -    man


G|------- 7------ ----5-- -------|
D|--------------5h7--------------|
A|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|
                          Should
                              five
Verse:
G|------- 7------ ----5-- -------|------- 7------ ----5-- -------|
D|--------------5h7--------------|--------------5h7--------------|
A|5------------------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
      per  -  cents   ap  -   pear    too     small?


G|------- ------- ----5-- -------|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|---------------/7--------------|--------------557--------------|
A|5-------5----------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
                                                          Be  thank-


G|------- 7------ ----5-- -------|------- 7------ ----5-- -------|
D|--------------5h7--------------|--------------5h7--------------|
A|5------------------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
      ful     I       don't   take    it      all!


G|------- ------- ----5-- -------|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|---------------/7--------------|--------------757-----7----/7--|
A|5-------5----------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
                                                     'Cause   the
                                                          I'm
Refrain:
G|------- 5------ h---3-- -------|------- 5------ h---3-- -------|
D|--------------335--------------|--------------335--------------|
A|3------------------------------|3------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  tax  -  man,                        yeah,               I'm the


G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|--------5-------h---3----------|--------------557--------------|
A|--------------335--------------|5------------------------------|
E|3------------------------------|-------------------------------|
      tax    -    man


G|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|--------------557--------------|
A|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|

                      If  you drive
Bridge:
G|-------/7------/7------ -------|-------/7------/7------ -------|
D|--------------------7---5\-----|--------------------7\---------|
A|5------------------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
                      I'll   tax     the     street
      a       car,    car                             If  you try

G|-------/7------/7------ -------|------- ------- ------- -------|
D|--------------------7\---------|-------------------------------|
A|5------------------------------|3-------3-----3-3---3---3------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
                      I'll   tax     your    seat
      to      sit,    sit                             If  you get

G|-------/7------/7------ -------|-------/7------/7------ -------|
D|--------------------7\---------|--------------------7\---------|
A|5------------------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
                      I'll   tax     the     heat
      too     cold,   cold                            If  you take

G|-------/7------/7------ -------|------- ------- ------- -------|
D|--------------------7\---------|-------------------------------|
A|5------------------------------|3-------3-----3-3---3---3------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
                      I'll   tax     your    feet
      a       walk,   walk

G|------- ------- ------- -------|
D|-------------------------------|
A|3-------3-------3-------3---/--|
E|-------------------------------|


Verse (solo):
G|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|--------------557--------------|--------------557--------------|
A|5------------------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  Tax  -  man!


G|------- ------- ----5-- -------|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|----------------5/7------------|--------------557--------------|
A|5-------5----------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|



G|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|--------------557--------------|--------------557--------------|
A|5------------------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|



G|------- ------- ----5-- -------|------- 7\----- ----5\- -------|
D|----------------5/7------------|----------------7--------------|
A|5-------5----------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
                                                     'Cause   the
                                                          I'm
Refrain:
G|------- 5------ h---3-- -------|------- 5------ h---3-- -------|
D|--------------335--------------|--------------335--------------|
A|3------------------------------|3------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  tax  -  man,                        yeah,               I'm the


G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|--------5-------h---3----------|--------------557--------------|
A|--------------335--------------|5------------------------------|
E|3------------------------------|-------------------------------|
      tax    -    man


G|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|--------------557--------------|
A|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|
                          Don't ask

Verse
G|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|--------------557--------------|--------------557--------------|
A|5------------------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
      me      what    I       want    it      for


G|------- ------- ----5-- -------|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|----------------5/7------------|--------------557--------------|
A|5-------5----------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
                                                          If  you
  Ha!     Ha!         Mister  Wil      -      son

G|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|--------------557--------------|--------------557--------------|
A|5------------------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
      don't   want    to      pay     some    more


G|------- ------- ----5-- -------|------- 7\----- ----5\- -------|
D|----------------5/7------------|----------------7--------------|
A|5-------5----------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
                                                     'Cause I'm the
  Ha!     Ha!         Mister  Heath
Refrain:
G|------- 5------ h---3-- -------|------- 5------ ----3-- -------|
D|--------------335--------------|--------------3h5-----------5--|
A|3------------------------------|3------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  tax  -  man,                        yeah,               I'm the


G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|--------5-----------3----------|--------------557-----------7--|
A|--------------3h5-----------5--|5------------------------------|
E|3------------------------------|-------------------------------|
      tax    -    man


G|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|--------------557--------------|
A|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|
                          Now my

Verse
G|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|--------------557--------------|--------------557--------------|
A|5------------------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
      ad  -   vice    for     those   who     die


G|------- ------- ----5-- -------|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|----------------5/7------------|--------------557--------------|
A|5-------5----------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
                                                          De- clare
  Tax  -  man!

G|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|--------------557--------------|--------------557--------------|
A|5------------------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
      the     pen  -  nies    on      your    eyes!


G|------- ------- ----5-- -------|------7 ----5-- ------- -------|
D|----------------5/7------------|----------7-----5-/-7---5\-----|
A|5-------5----------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
                                                     'Cause I'm the
  Tax  -  man!
Refrain:
G|------- 5------ h---3-- -------|------- 5------ h---3-- -------|
D|--------------335-----------5--|--------------335-----------5--|
A|3------------------------------|3------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  tax  -  man,                        yeah,               I'm the


G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|--------5-----------3----------|--------------557-----------7--|
A|--------------3h5-----------5--|5------------------------------|
E|3------------------------------|-------------------------------|
      tax    -    man                                 And     your

Outro:
G|------- ------- ------- -------|------- ------- ------- -------|
D|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
A|8-------8-------8-------8------|8-------7-------5-------3------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
      wor    -    king    for     no      one,            but


G|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|--------------557--------------|--------------557--------------|
A|5------------------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
  me
  Tax  -  man!

G|------- ------- ----5-- -------|------- 7------ h---5-- -------|
D|----------------5/7------------|--------------557--------------|
A|5-------5----------------------|5------------------------------|
E|-------------------------------|-------------------------------|
Fade out...

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Zach96 52 Feb 13, 2010 09:11 AM

Bridge G part
e sss ss e Q
G|----7---5h7-5\|
D|---7-5h7------|
A|5-------------|
E|--------------|
e=eight note
s=sixteenth note
Q=dotted quarter note
\=slide down

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