American folk singer Tom Paxton is one of those seminal performers many aren’t aware of, even if they have heard his songs (often covered by others). John Denver covered his little tune on his first record, in 1969, about President Richard Nixon’s vice president, Spiro Agnew. The joke and political point is the brevity of the tune: that the man has nothing to offer. We can wonder if Paxton and Denver could have been more substantive in their critique of the Republican Party at the time.
This post is a companion piece to John Denver, The Ballad of Richard Nixon.