Rockwell - Taxman Lyrics

And you're working for no one but me
'Cause I'm the taxman
Yeah, I'm the 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

And you're working for no one but me
'Cause I'm the taxman
Yeah, I'm the taxman

Don't ask me what I want it for
(Taxman, Mr. Wilson)
If you don't want to pay some more
(Taxman, Mr. Heath)
'Cause I'm the taxman
Yeah, I'm the taxman

Now my advice for those who die
Declare the pennies on your eyes
'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

Could you pay your taxes?

And you're working for no one but me
'Cause I'm the taxman
Yeah, I'm the taxman

Could you pay your taxes?

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Rockwell Taxman Comments
  1. Ivan Antunez

    Off The Wall vibes?

  2. seyi idowu

    Actually heard this first before the beatles version, absolutely love both versions, they are delivered with different perspectives...that funky bass though...

  3. Rob McGrory

    Wow, this is GOOD!

  4. Trent Davis

    Loved this cut back in 84! Say whatcha like about Rockwell, but he did his thing back then. Played this album all day

  5. ljinbs

    This whole cassette was so much fun when I was 16. I'm going to have to listen to it again to see if it still holds up!

  6. D.J. John Hulsey

    George Harrison wrote this, and is Publisher..He gave permission, for Rockwell to cover this song...I'm sure one call from Daddy-Berry Gordy Sr..(Motown), is all it took

  7. TheMagnificentPower

    Sounds like an IRS radio commercial.

  8. Tina Jane Oxnam

    yeah i like it. its better than the beatles version. i was 12 back in 1984 when i first heard it.

  9. donald clark

    this keeps reminding me of the U S Treasury, Internal Rip off Service, Federal Reserve Jewish Mafia.

  10. thechickinthemiddle

    "God, this guy really had it in for the IRS, huh? Maybe he's worried they'll repossess the single Casio keyboard they had to record this with." XDDD

    Tina Jane Oxnam

    no it isnt washed up by a wanabe. u think ur better . u do it then. i bet u cant even sing . its good by the beatles but even better by rockwell.

    Cool Rock

    Todd in the shadows fan?

    el kiote

    Tina Jane Oxnam only thing rockwell did better is suck and hide

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  12. muscleguy675

    WORST version of this song by a washed up wannabe  !!!!

    Stephen Wilson

    h8tr much

    Stephen Wilson

    And the beatles version of it DOES suck; it's vocals are too quiet and are overpowered by the shitty instrumentals in the bg,... need I say more?...


    this was from his debut which was a gold record so no he wasnt washed up

  13. Skyline V1-

    The Beatles version sucked..


    The Beatles were the original.

    DocDoomClassic 52

    Why is there always THAT ONE GUY who shits on the Beatles in the comments of covers...

    MFC 4

    I don't think so really. I once read somewhere that which version you heard first might influence your opinion on both of them. So, if you don't mind me asking, did you hear this version before the Beatles version?

  14. bonnie bianco

    this gr8 cover went to #88 in uk.not bad.
    ott and btw :paranoid ? somebody's watching me, obscene phone caller,peeping tom .

  15. Jeroen Stobbe

    Did Michael Jackson give this song to Rockwell? He was the owner of most of the Beatles' songs at that time. His eyes are on the cover and he also did the backing vocals on Somebody's watching me.. I bet George Harrison was furious when he heard this! 

    danielle barnes

    Actually George Harrison loved it!

    Robbie Stewart

    To answer your question, no Michael Jackson didn't. At the time of this album's release in 1984 and 1984 copyright date, all songs published by the songwriting team of Lennon-McCarthey, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr were still owned and controlled by Northern Songs, Ltd, which had become a UK based subsidiary of ATV Music, Ltd in 1969 when it was purchased by Associated Television. At the time, Northern Songs also owned a US subsidiary, Maclen Music, Inc, which controlled the rights in the US for the above songwriters in question. So either Rockwell or Curtis Anthony Nolen, who was the producer of Rockewll's album would have had to obtain a Mechanical Rights license from Maclen Music, Inc in order for Rockwell to cover this song and have it appear on his album. This is usually done by contacting either the Harry Fox Agency or Broadcast Music Inc, which is the union for Maclen Music, Inc. According to:

    Michael Jackson did not acquire ownership of ATV Music, Ltd. until August 10, 1985, which was a year after this album's release. It was later learned after Michael's death that he had borrowed a substantial amount of money from his then record company, CBS, Inc, now owned by Sony in order to buy ATV Music back in 1985 and that was why he eventually merged ATV with Sony, thus creating Sony/ATV Music Publishing in 1995, according to:

    Also, this song's publisher information is also in small print on back of the album cover, which you can view here:

    D.J. John Hulsey

    Rockwell aka..Berry Gordy Jr............Nuff Said!! Now ya know folks!!

  16. Joseph Joram

    Everlasting beats

  17. Dancing Spiderman

    I'm gonna play this over several more times.  I Lvoe it.

  18. ian leonhardt

    Just no, this is the worst version I have ever heard. This is one on the worst cover songs ever.


    I happen to like this one just as much as the original from the Beatles. Now if some grunge or progressive alternative band remade this, it would sound like crap.

    Dancing Spiderman


    Purty awesome version, Scorp.  Thnax for the send.

    The Taxman Cometh.

    Just remember, kiddos... If you received a HUGE refund, all that means is you waayyy overpaid during the previous tax year...

  19. Debbie Turner

    I like the original, but this version is so smooth and classy, that I prefer this one!

  20. Dancing Spiderman

    Wesley Snipes need to pay up, pay his delinquent taxes.
    Crazy Nukkuh.

  21. Hernan Riquelme

    Even when The Beatles wrote this. I can dare to say that these and EWF's "Got to get you into my life" are great covers, even better than the originals!

  22. donald clark

    The Illuminati Revenue Service (Taxman)

  23. ScorpioBornIn69

    And you are working for no one but ME!

    Sounds all too familiar now.

  24. Gh A

    Rockwell forever!!!!

  25. evanrkg

    Berry Gordy's son singing a song about the trouble of taxes.... hmm, how ironic.

    Cameren Lee

    This was the era of Reagan tax breaks too.


    Somebody Watching Me also had a line about being watched by the irs

  26. Trent Davis

    This used to be my absolute favorite song by Rockwell from back in 1984...still jammin. Thank you 30 million for the post.

  27. Samantha

    Love Rockwell, but NO ONE can top The Beatles :-)

  28. Jack Starr

    I imagine myself driving a lowrider thru hot 80s LA streets with this song on.

  29. Jack Starr

    he also had "rockwell bloody rockwell" album.I dunno,maybe its just a compilation.

  30. RocStarr913

    This actually was the Rockwell's third single in Europe.

  31. RocStarr913

    He did, he had two, Captured and Genie, but neither of them were successful. The only thing even remotely close to a success after the debut album was "Peeping Tom" from The Last Dragon movie soundtrack.

  32. FunkAddict

    I love this song, he have done gd songs but its ashame he wasnt really famous.