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Monday, 16 January 2012

Strawbs - Part of the union - 1973 working class Britain - Plebs fattened for the kill.




This has a real early 1970s feel about it, when strikes were happening and wages were going up in car plants and coal mines. It seemed the working class man had cracked it and the toffs would always have to play ball because socialism was king and manifesting in a new type of 'working class rules' Britain. This was before the rude awakening. Ha, ha, ha - like Hell socialism was king.

Maggie Thatcher was waiting in the wings and Britain was about to get a huge kick up the arse. The Toffs and Yuppies were waiting on the eighties horizon. Still the ordinary man was enjoying a little calm before the storm as this wonderful song suggests, in certain ways - all secure with working class and ill deserved confidence. Crikey - the wonderful misplaced arrogance of this song does bring it home how things have changed. We were plebs being fattened for the kill.

"And the Socialists are no more and the Yuppies are Dead."...

AKA

"And the Knights are no more and the Dragons are Dead."

...from (When a Knight once was spurred in the stories of old)

It is all confined to a charming Retro Brit past now and gone forever... :)

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