‘Taxman’ by the Beatles: Meaning and Analysis

By Dr Oliver Tearle

‘Taxman’ is the opening track on the Beatles’ 1966 album Revolver, and sets the high lyrical standard of one of the band’s best albums, with even its title containing a double meaning (it’s a pun, with ‘revolver’ referring to both the gun and the LP, or record, spinning or ‘revolving’ on the turntable). But ‘Taxman’ wasn’t a Lennon/McCartney creation: George Harrison wrote it.

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