Boris: “One wheel on my wagon and I’m still rolling along”

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Note: To balance out the motifs presented in the song mentioned here, you may like to visit the websites of The Native American Rights Fund and/or Native Americans in Philantrophy

Following up on Andy’s great post this morning, readers of a certain age will recall a song called “Three wheels on my wagon” by the New Christy Minstrels. You can listen to it via YouTube below. It’s a cracker.

The singer, in the persona of an American “pioneer”, describes “singing a happy song” as a wheel comes off his wagon, while he is chased by a band of arrow-firing “Cherokees” who are intent on killing the singer and his fellow wagon passengers.

The song proceeds, as “arrows fly right on by”, another wheel comes off the wagon but our singer remains optimistic, happily predicting that there’s a “hidden cave” around the next turn. A passenger who enquires “Are you sure this is the right road?” is angrily dismissed.

Another wheel comes off the wagon and a panicky passenger asks if she should get “the bag of beads and trinkets” to effect a quick getaway. This passenger is also airily turned away with the remark: “Woman, I know what I’m doing”. The singer keeps singing “a happy song” while “flaming spears burn my ears” and he is “all in flames at the reins”.

And then inevitably the last wheel comes off the wagon. The singer and his passenger are captured by the “Cherokees”.

I think the first wheel coming off Boris’ wagon was nearly 100 Tory MPs voting against his Omicron measures.

Wheel two going was the North Shropshire by-election result and Helen Morgan MP.

The departure of wheel three was most certainly Lord Frost resigning – the sole person who seemed to believe in the disgraceful Brexit/Ireland deceit that Johnson used to cement his power in the first place.

So it seems Boris is “still rolling along” on one wheel, singing a happy song and insisting he’s on the right road.

* Paul Walter is a Liberal Democrat activist. He is currently taking a break from his role as one of the Liberal Democrat Voice team. He blogs at Liberal Burblings.

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  • Remember the song very well, and it is very apt.

  • nigel hunter 19th Dec '21 - 1:09pm

    The Conservatives, be it Johnson or other(s) will learn to ‘rearrange the deckchairs’ for the next election.We have to start planning NOW for that event.Secure our MPs seats and start building up support in the winnable seats..

  • John Marriott 19th Dec '21 - 1:11pm

    @Paul Walter
    And the lead singer on that 1960s hit was one Barry McGuire, who later had some chart success with ‘Eve of Destruction’. Is this where Johnson and his cronies are at the moment?

  • John, I remember singing that at a protest march in Stockholm in 1968. In Swedish.
    “Det du inte tror, hella värld ska gå under” (from very old memory, spelling probably wrong!).

  • Matt (Bristol) 20th Dec '21 - 11:51am

    All the Conservative crises have merged. If Johnson proceeds with tougher restrictions and the level of Tory resistance from those ERG-types who saw Lord Frost as a guarantee of rightwing neoconservative good faith from the PM is as large as it was previously (even if it’s down to 60-80 MPs who won’t play ball) we’re effectively being governed by a Lab-Con coalition.

  • Christopher Haigh 20th Dec '21 - 2:20pm

    If we’re on a lighter note Sickness and Diseases (pull you down) by Dave Swarbtick and Richard Thompson (Fairport Convention) might cheer him up a bit. I don’t think we want to lose him to the ERG like happened to Mrs May.

  • John Marriott 21st Dec '21 - 10:40am

    Just been thinking (for a change). While this government couldn’t organise a knees up in a brewery it appears to be able to organise several at No 10!

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