Irving Berlin: I Paid My Income Tax Today

Written by Sari Gruber


In category: Song of the Day

Published November 1, 2019

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!

author: Sari Gruber

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Hailed as “nothing short of sensational” (Opera Magazine) and “a real creature of the stage,” (Opera News) soprano Sari Gruber is a longtime NYFOS favorite.  She hosts Song of the Day as we anticipate her return to the NYFOS Mainstage November 19 in a double bill of Marc Blitzstein’s No For An Answer and Kurt Weill’s Der Silbersee.


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