PPENCE MAN – Tax Man Parody (Beatles) | Freedom Toast & Cinebot Video

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Pence Man is a parody of the Beatles tune, Tax Man. The parody lyrics are written by The Freedom Toast and the video concept and editing are provided by Cinebot Video. More information is provided in the description section below. Executive Producers for Parody Project Don Caron and Jerry Pender

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by Freedom Toast

Let me tell you how it will be
You’ll vote for no one else but me
‘Cause I’m the Pence Man
Yeah, I’m the Pence Man

If they force me to testify
I’ll shut my mouth so I don’t lie
‘Cause I’m the Pence Man
Yeah, I’m the Pence Man

(If you like the Donald)
I am far right
(If you think he’s crazy)
I’m MAGA lite
(if you like DeSantis)
Go fly a kite
(If you like Joe Biden)
Well, my hair’s white!
Pence Man!

‘Cause I’m the Pence Man
Yeah, I’m the Pence Man

Don’t ask me what I’m shooting for
(Pence Man, Nikki Haley!)
The Oval Office, maybe more
(Pence Man, Su-nu-NU!)
‘Cause I’m the Pence Man
Yeah, I’m the Pence Man

Now, my advice to those who run (Pence Man)
Get out of my way or you’re done! (Pence Man)
Cause I’m the Pence Man
Yeah I’m the Pence Man
And I’m voting for no one but me (Pence Man)

Taxman, written by George Harrison

“Taxman” is a song by the English rock band the Beatles from their 1966 album Revolver. Written by the group’s lead guitarist, George Harrison, with some lyrical assistance from John Lennon, it protests against the higher level of progressive tax imposed in the United Kingdom by the Labour government of Harold Wilson, which saw the Beatles paying over 90 percent of their earnings to the Treasury. The song was selected as the album’s opening track and contributed to Harrison’s emergence as a songwriter beside the dominant Lennon–McCartney partnership. It was the group’s first topical song and the first political statement they had made in their music.

The Beatles began recording “Taxman” in April 1966, a month after Wilson’s landslide win in the 1966 general election. Coinciding with the song’s creation, Harrison learned that the band members’ tax obligations were likely to lead to their bankruptcy, and he was outspoken in his opposition to the government using their income to help fund the manufacture of military weapons. Drawing on 1960s soul/R&B musical influences, the song portrays the taxman as relentless in his pursuit of revenue and name-checks Wilson and Ted Heath, the leader of the Conservative Party. The recording includes an Indian-influenced guitar solo performed by Paul McCartney.

George Harrison wrote “Taxman” at a time when the Beatles discovered they were in a financially precarious position. In April 1966, a report from the London accountancy firm Bryce, Hammer, Isherwood & Co. advised them that despite the group’s immense success, “Two of you are close to being bankrupt, and the other two could soon be.” In his 1980 autobiography, I, Me, Mine, Harrison says: “‘Taxman’ was when I first realised that even though we had started earning money, we were actually giving most of it away in taxes; it was and still is typical.” As their earnings placed them in the top tax bracket in the United Kingdom, the Beatles were liable to a 95% supertax introduced by Harold Wilson’s Labour government; hence the lyric “There’s one for you, nineteen for me”.

John Lennon helped Harrison complete the song’s lyrics. Lennon recalled in 1980: “I threw in a few one-liners to help the song along, because that’s what he asked for. He came to me because he couldn’t go to Paul , because Paul wouldn’t have helped him at that period.” Lennon said he was reluctant to agree to Harrison’s request, since it was “enough to do my own and Paul’s [songs]”, but he did so “because I loved him and didn’t want to hurt his feelings”.

Aside from the financial imposition, “Taxman” was informed by Harrison’s consternation that the vast sums the Beatles paid in tax were being used to fund the manufacture of military weapons.

“Taxman” was influential in the development of British psychedelia and mod-style pop, and has been recognized as a precursor to punk rock. The Jam borrowed heavily from the song for their 1980 hit single “Start!” When performing “Taxman” on tour in the early 1990s, Harrison adapted the lyrics to reference contemporaneous leaders, citing its enduring quality beyond the 1960s. The song’s impact has extended to the tax industry and into political discourse on taxation.

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  1. Christopher N D'Amico

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