The Beatles in “Now and Then”

About The Song:

Remember the days when success came with a hefty tax bill? Back in the mid-1960s, The Beatles were experiencing phenomenal success. Their music was topping charts worldwide, and they were amassing a fortune. But amidst the screaming fans and sold-out concerts, there lurked a less glamorous reality – the taxman.

“Taxman”, a song written by George Harrison, the band’s lead guitarist, appeared on their groundbreaking 1966 album, Revolver. It was a bold departure from their usual sound, a clear-eyed and somewhat cynical look at the high taxes levied on their earnings.

Now, tax grievances might not seem like the most rock and roll subject matter. But “Taxman” wasn’t just a whiny complaint. It was a clever and witty social commentary. Harrison’s lyrics, with a touch of John Lennon’s assistance, paint a picture of a relentless figure – the taxman – who takes a hefty chunk of their hard-earned money.

The song opens with a driving guitar riff and sardonic lyrics: “If you drive a limousine, into a dream machine / The taxman will be there waiting for you behind the scene.” Harrison cleverly uses the taxman as a metaphor for a system that takes advantage of success.

“Taxman” is more than just a protest song. It’s a testament to The Beatles’ willingness to experiment with their sound and lyrical themes. It’s a rock song with a social conscience, a reflection of a changing world where young people were questioning authority and demanding a fairer share.

While “Taxman” might not have been a chart-topper, it became a fan favorite, a song that resonated with anyone who felt the sting of a high tax bill. It’s a reminder that even amidst the whirlwind of fame and fortune, The Beatles could write relatable songs that captured the realities of everyday life, even the less glamorous ones. So, crank up the volume and let “Taxman” take you back to a time of social change and groundbreaking music.