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You Don’t Have To Wait Until April 15th To Sing This Song

November 14, 2008 by

Thanks to FDR, you can sing it every day you work. See David Beito’s discussion of war-tax withholding and associated propaganda. Here’s Danny Kaye singing Irving Berlin’s taxation and collateral-damage ditty. You can accompany him.

I said to my Uncle Sam
Old Man Taxes, here I am
And he
Was glad to see me
Mister Small Fry, yes, indeed
Lower brackets, that’s my speed
But he
Was glad to see me

I paid my income tax today
I never felt so proud before
To be right there with the millions more
Who paid their income tax today
I’m squared up with the U.S.A.
See those bombers in the sky?
Rockefeller helped to build ‘em, so did I
I paid my income tax today

I paid my income tax today
A thousand planes to bomb Berlin
They’ll all be paid for and I chipped in
That certainly makes me feel okay
Ten thousand more and that ain’t hay
We must pay for this war somehow
Uncle Sam was worried but he isn’t now
I paid my income tax today

I paid my income tax today
I never cared what Congress spent
But now I’ll watch over ev’ry cent
Examine ev’ry bill they pay
They’ll have to let me have my say
I wrote the Treasury to go slow
Careful, Mister Henry Junior, that’s my dough
I paid my income tax
Now you’ve got all the facts
I know you’ll pay your taxes too

{ 2 comments }

Dennis November 14, 2008 at 11:46 am

Given my age, I am more partial to The Beatles’ commentary as contained in George Harrison’s “Taxman.”

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.

Taxman!

‘Cause I’m the taxman,
Yeah, I’m the taxman.

Don’t ask me what I want it for, (ah-ah, mister Wilson)
If you don’t want to pay some more. (ah-ah, mister Heath)
‘Cause I’m the taxman,
Yeah, I’m the taxman.

Now my advice for those who die, (taxman)
Declare the pennies on your eyes. (taxman)
‘Cause I’m the taxman,
Yeah, I’m the taxman.

And you’re working for no one but me.

Taxman!

tarran November 15, 2008 at 3:41 pm

I found this bit pretty hilarious:

I never cared what Congress spent
But now I’ll watch over ev’ry cent
Examine ev’ry bill they pay
They’ll have to let me have my say
I wrote the Treasury to go slow
Careful, Mister Henry Junior, that’s my dough

Or what Mr Kaye? You’ll refuse to pay?

Mister Henry won’t worry, he won’t even hurry,
when he tells an aide, “Visit Danny Kaye,
hit him, kick him, throw him in the clink.
A few days in the cage, and he will give us our wage.
And if he refuse we’ll just tighten the screws,
’till he learns that we set the terms.”

And it was ever thus.

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