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Music for April 15th

posted Apr 27, 2016, 11:42 AM by Steven Vaughan   [ updated Apr 27, 2016, 11:42 AM ]
All three synoptic gospels share the story of hostile questioners trying to trap Jesus into taking an explicit stand on whether taxes should or should not be paid to the Roman authorities. As you know, he famously responds “repay to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” Does the same apply to music? We offer hymns to God of praise, supplication, intercession, etc. So in a similar, yet secular spirit, here’s a list of tunes to get you through your annual fun with the Internal Revenue Service…

Of course, The Beatle’s Taxman showcases George Harrison’s witty take-down of governmental greed. Cheap Trick also takes a broad swipe at taxation in Taxman, Mr. Thief. Grand Ole Opry’s Johnny Paycheck shares his woes in Me and the I.R.S. When Willie Nelson learned his accountants hadn’t been paying his taxes for years, he released his 1992 album The IRS Tapes: Who’ll Buy My Memories? to raise money. To him and many others, ABBA’s lack of funds in Money, Money, Money never seems more true than on Tax Day. However, if you’re getting a big refund, Pink Floyd’s Money warns you about the bad things money can bring. And American funk/soul band Sharon Jones & the Dap-Kings asks the politically loaded What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes?