Not under my control

Verse 1
The greedy grasping tax-man is coming here for you.
He’ll be taking all your money, he’ll be making you feel blue.
The greedy grasping tax-man is coming here for you.
He’ll be taking all your money, he’ll be making you feel blue.
If you think you can avoid him then you haven’t got a clue.
Not even your accountant can
stop him getting,
stop him getting,
stop him getting,
stop him getting you - .

Verse 2
The tax-man takes your money and he gives it to the banks.
It pays the banker’s bonus so we haven’t got a chance.
The taxman takes your money and he gives it to the banks.
It pays the banker’s bonus so we haven’t got a chance.
You may think it’s unjust, and you may think it’s not fair.
But the bankers and the tax-man, they
never had a,
never had a,
never had a,
never had a

Chorus
care——
never had a care——
never had a,
never had a,
never had a care.

Instrumental

Chorus

Verse 3
The nasty bastard tax-man, has got you in the end.
He’s got a tax on your income and a tax on your spend.
The nasty bastard tax-man, has got you in the end.
He’s got a tax on your income and a tax on your spend.
But he really goes to town, if you own and drive a car.
You’re taxed twice when you buy it, when you drive it and you,
drive it and you,
drive it and you,
drive it and you park——.

Not under my control

Harry Purves

Wallsend, United Kingdom

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Preface:
In late 2009 there was much media talk of a recession and a lot of the media blamed its extent on the current government. In industry management called it an economic downturn, and very stringent measures were put in place to minimise the effect of it on the business. However, we may all be aware that the chain of command does not generally work in the way the people at each end of it intend. Hence a command from the top can get severely misinterpreted and this is what happened in the company I worked for. The changes to my role and responsibilities meant I spent a lot of my time arguing to keep staff in post who were very good at their job and loyal, while I also spent a lot of time arguing not to keep people who were not good at their job and who thought the world owed them a living. (Cut to the chase Purves!)

Ok, the result was that I left the company on 1st November to protect my sanity and my integrity and being and old fart I am still without employment or income. (Good thing I had some savings!) I was livid that my career was cut short because of circumstances not under my control and that the bankers, who played a part in the turmoil were to be bailed out using public money collected by HMRC (Her Majesty’s Revenue and Customs). More alarming they later patted each other on the back because of the “good” work they’d done to recover the situation and gave themselves £Ms of tax-payers money as bonuses. (Calm down Harry, keep taking the tablets old boy.) So in a fit of peak one day I wrote the following song, and during the following fortnight I recorded it too. Here are the lyrics and the ramblings of a saddened, annoyed, but wiser man. The words in italics are whispered.

Damn it! I still get annoyed just thinking about it!!!
Ok matron, I’ll take my happy pills, have a nice cup of warm milk and a nap.

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