Wilson Wednesday – Harold Wilson

Time for me to fess up – I forgot about Wilson Wednesday this week, and unlike most TV chefs, I don’t have something I prepared earlier. So here is a hurriedly cobbled together column (So, its just like your normal efforts then? – Ed)

This week, let’s look not at a Wilson musician, but rather a Wilson Song, namely Fred Eaglesmith’s Harold Wilson.


Back in 2015, when all things were rosy in Guardian RR land, I gurued the topic of farming. One of the great artist discoveries that I found in doing this topic was Canadian country singer Fred Eaglesmith.  From my limited research into his back catalogue, it seems that he draws inspiration from farmers for his songs quite a lot. For that topic, I A listed Thirty Years of Farming, but I do remember a few others were nominated for that topic. I don’t remember this one being nommed though – but maybe it was and I have forgotten.

I should really do a dissection of the lyrics for you, but given I am unprepared, you can listen and see what you think.

So here we are – Harold Wilson is this week’s Wilson Wednesday visitor.

What do you think of this track? What other Eaglesmith songs should I seek out?

PS – will try and be better prepared next week.

8 thoughts on “Wilson Wednesday – Harold Wilson

  1. I don’t know if it is the same for everyone but I’m getting “this video is not available”. Found this live performance though. I didn’t initially read that the singer was Canadian so I assumed that the song would be about the UK’s ex Prime Minister! Good song though.

    • yes, indeed, I was actually expecting the same too Sev. And at one point was planning a week devoted to him, including such songs as Taxman by the Beatles etc, but no, I don’t think its the same one.

      Glad you enjoyed it, and sorry my link didn’t work for you.

  2. The UK’s Harold Wilson had a few connections with the rock/pop world. For a start he gave The Beatles MBEs.
    He also successfully sued The Move sending out a promotional postcard which illustrated some scurrilous rumours about him and his personal assistant, Royalties from Flowers in the Rain had to go to two charities nominated by him. The Spastics Society and Stoke Mandeville Hospital’s amenity funds,


  3. I am struggling to think of any actual Harold Wilson links that haven’t already been mentioned. I am pretty sure that he was the first politician to try and link himself to Yoof Culture, but even then, I think, it was just another cynical ploy to gain support.

    It is worth mentioning that it was during the Wilson years that pirate radio first came to prominence and that the government put a lot of effort into trying to close the pirates down. Of course, they succeeded, but the airwaves ended up with Radio One, which was soon being staffed by former pirate radio DJs. In a bizarre way, perhaps the end of pirate radio gave us the national treasure who was the late John Peel?

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