Three Wheels on My Wagon

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Cover of the 1961 single by Dick Van Dyke

"Three Wheels on My Wagon" is a song with lyrics by Bob Hilliard and music by Burt Bacharach. [1] It was written in 1961, when it was released as a single by Jamie Records with Dick Van Dyke singing. This was Bacharach's first credited production. [1] It was subsequently a hit single for The New Christy Minstrels in the following year, with Barry McGuire as the lead singer.

Bob Hilliard American lyricist

Bob Hilliard was an American lyricist. He wrote the words for the songs: "Alice in Wonderland", "In the Wee Small Hours of the Morning", "Any Day Now", "Dear Hearts and Gentle People", "Our Day Will Come", "My Little Corner of the World", "Tower of Strength" and "Seven Little Girls ".

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The song recounts a hazardous journey made by an American pioneer family aboard a wagon being pursued by Cherokees, with the wagon progressively losing each of its wheels. The song concludes with the Cherokees capturing the wagon, but being asked to "sing along" with the family in the final chorus: "Higgity, haggity hoggety, high. Pioneers, they never say die ..."

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The Cherokee are one of the indigenous people of the Southeastern Woodlands. Prior to the 18th century, they were concentrated in southwestern North Carolina, southeastern Tennessee, and the tips of western South Carolina and northeastern Georgia.

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References

  1. 1 2 Serene Dominic (2003), Burt Bacharach, song by song, Omnibus Press, p. 56, ISBN   978-0825672804