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Happy Tax Day—From The Beatles! Guest Stars: Bush, Obama, Clapton

Surely the greatest song for this time of the year was George Harrison’s “Taxman” for The Beatles, the opening cut on Revolver. Of course, it could become a Republican anthem today. Although the flip side is—look at what the money is used for (wars, waste, corporate payoffs).

But ignore all of that for the moment and just… watch, listen, and enjoy a few special versions.

First, a version starring another George—Bush.

For equal time, Obama sings or raps the song.

Now, a wonderful and wacky Beatles cartoon version from 1967.

And last but not least, George Harrison doing it solo —well, not quite, he’s with Eric Clapton live.

Greg Mitchell’s latest books are The Age of WikiLeaks, in print or as an e-book, and Bradley Manning: Truth and Consequences, as e-book here and print here.

 

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