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Gene Autry’s “I Paid My Income Tax Today” [VIDEO]

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Irving Berlin learned that in 1942 the federal government was going to undertake “unprecedented income tax collections” to support the war effort, so he volunteered to write a popular song to aid in the tax collection effort. This song has been performed by Danny Kaye, Bob Dylan and most prominently by Gene Autry. Here it is for your Tax Day 2012.

Here’s the lyrics to “I Paid My Income Tax Today” by Irving Berlin (1942).

Verse:

I said to my Uncle Sam
“Old Man Taxes, here I am”
And he was glad to see me.
Mister Small Fry, yes, indeed.
Lower brackets, that’s my speed.
But he was glad to see me.

1st Chorus:

I PAID MY INCOME TAX TODAY.
I never felt so proud before,
To be right there with the millions more
Who paid their income tax today.
I’m squared up with the U.S.A.
See those bombers in the sky,
Rockefeller helped to build ‘em,
so did I,
I PAID MY INCOME TAX TODAY.

2nd Chorus:

I PAID MY INCOME TAX TODAY.
A thousand planes to bomb Berlin.
They’ll all be paid for, and I chipped in,
That cert’nly makes me feel okay.
Ten thousand more and that ain’t hay!
We must pay for this war somehow,
Uncle Sam was worried but he isn’t now,
I PAID MY INCOME TAX TODAY.

3rd Chorus:

I PAID MY INCOME TAX TODAY.
I never cared what Congress spent.
But now I’ll watch over ev’ry cent,
Examine ev’ry bill they pay,
They’ll have to let me have my say
I wrote the Treasury to go slow
Careful, Mister Henry Junior, that’s my dough,
I PAID MY INCOME TAX TODAY.

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