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April 15th, 2012

Music to Do Taxes by

Dave White at About.com has a top ten for classic rock songs to do taxes by, but my taxes are so painful this year I don't even want to pay .99 apiece for the mp3's where available...and not all of them are. Perhaps you are in the same boat. (Or if you're with the Kinks, in the same yacht.) Here's the frugal YouTube-MySpace version of his list, with the relevant lyrics attach. Enjoy. To the extent that's possible.

Taxman - The Beatles

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.


Money - Pink Floyd

Money, it's a gas.
Grab that cash with both hands and make a stash.


Movin' Out - Billy Joel (Anthony's Song)

You can pay Uncle Sam with overtime
Is that all you get for your money?


I'd Rather Be Rich - Chicago

I'd rather be rich, the truth of cash is tragic,
The system's a bitch, but money works like magic.


Sunny Afternoon - The Kinks

The tax man's taken all my dough,
And left me in my stately home,
Lazing on a sunny afternoon.
And I can't sail my yacht,
He's taken everything I've got,
All I've got's this sunny afternoon.


Low Budget - The Kinks (for the rest of us)
I'm on a low budget
I'm not cheap, you understand
I'm just a cut price person in a low budget land
Excuse my shoes they don't quite fit
They're a special offer and they hurt me a bit
Even my trousers are giving me pain
They were reduced in a sale so I shouldn't complain.


Success Story - The Who

Away for the weekend
I've gotta play some one-night stands
Six for the tax man, and one for the band.


Lap of Luxury - Jethro Tull

The money won't last forever.
Rent man called twice today.
I hope some day you'll find me
In the lap of luxury.

I need money, now, to soothe my heart!

Buy me a Datsun or Toyota ---
get the tax man to agree
all expenses I can muster
from the lap of luxury.


Carnival World - Jimmy Buffett

But talk is cheap
It takes money to buy your freedom
And the tax man's knockin' on your door

Spend it while you can, money's contraband
You can't take it with you when you go.
Spend it while you can, before it's taken from your hand,
There's no free ride in this carnival world.

Money Money Money - Abba
I work all night, I work all day, to pay the bills I have to pay
Ain't it sad
And still there never seems to be a single penny left for me
That's too bad...


And now that you've saved on the music, go enjoy  an Income Tax Cocktail.