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Mr. Taxman

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"Mr. Taxman"
Demo by Weezer
Recorded 20002002
Writer(s) Rivers Cuomo
RC# 578
COR# 262
Status Circulating
Rivers Cuomo song chronology
"Break Up"
(RC# 577)
"Mr. Taxman"
(RC# 578)
"Drink The Water"
(RC# 579)

"Mr. Taxman" (also known as "Helpless") is a song written by Rivers Cuomo in 2000 and later demoed multiple times during the demo sessions for Maladroit. The song was also revisited during sessions for the band's intended fifth album immediately following completion of Maladroit in 2002.

Appearances

Overview

"Mr. Taxman" was written by Rivers Cuomo in 2000. The song was demoed by Weezer at Cuomo's home rehearsal space in late 2000 in contention for the band's planned third album (The Green Album[1]). The song did not make the cut for Green, but was demoed again during studio sessions for Maladroit. Three demos from these sessions were shared with fans on weezer.com. The song was briefly considered yet again for the band's planned fifth album, though did not appear on that album either.

A Maladroit demo of "Mr. Taxman" purportedly received radio play from the station 97.7 WOXY in Oxford, Ohio.[2]

Known recordings

Performer(s) Title Filename Date of recording Recording location Length Appeared on Notes
Weezer Mr. Tax Man November 27, 2000[3] 6145 Rodgerton Dr., Los Angeles, CA
Weezer Mr. Tax Man December 7, 2000[3] 6145 Rodgerton Dr., Los Angeles, CA
Weezer Mr. Taxman WEEZER-2001-12-17_02Mr_Taxman_262.mp3 December 17, 2001 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:17 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Mr. Taxman WEEZER-2002-01-03_05Mr_Taxman_262.mp3 January 3, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:13 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Mr. Taxman WEEZER-2002-01-07_02Mr_Taxman_262.mp3 January 7, 2002 Cello Studios, Los Angeles, CA 2:15 Released on weezer.com
Weezer Mr. Taxman June 23, 2002 Sunset Sound, Los Angeles, CA
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Lyrics

Everybody love your body
'Cause it's here that you got to stay
Take your chances, find romances
But you still got your bills to pay

When nothing's on my mind
She can't be far behind
Or begging me to stay
Or pushing me to climb
And I feel so helpless every time

Mr. Taxman, can you hear me?
'Cause I know that you got one too
In your jockstrap
Don't you talk back
'Cause she's still got a hold of you

When nothing's on my mind
She can't be far behind
Or begging me to stay
Or pushing me to climb
And I feel so helpless every time
That's what you get for being blind

When nothing's on my mind
She can't be far behind
Or begging me to stay
Or pushing me to climb
And I feel so helpless all the time
That's what you get for being blind

Mr. Taxman, can you hear me?
'Cause I know that you got one too
'Cause I know that you got one too
Yes, I know that you got one too

See also