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Irving Berlin: I Paid My Income Tax Today

To round out the week, I present to you the American propaganda song “I Paid My Income Tax Today” by Irving Berlin, written in 1942 to facilitate the “unprecedented” income tax collection efforts supporting World War II. The rights to the song are actually still owned by our esteemed Internal Revenue Service, which widely distributed the song upon its publication.

Proclaiming the patriotic virtues of paying taxes, this zippy little ditty makes being “squared up with the USA” sound positively delightful. I will try to remember that when the taxman comes a-knocking next April. Clearly, our national dialogue surrounding taxes has caused ideological strife in recent years, but I hope you will all still get a chuckle out of this final Song of the Day. Happy listening!

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