Part of the Union – The Strawbs – 1973

The Strawbs - Part of the Union single - 1973Pro trade-union or anti? No one seems to sure but that didn’t stop The Strawbs 1973 song, Part of the Union, becoming a hit record.

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  • Believe it or not, the Strawbs were originally a bluegrass band known as the Strawberry Hill Boys.
  • The band’s line-up has changed over the years and has featured notable musicians, Dave Cousins, Sandy Denny, Rick Wakeman, and Rick’s sons Oliver and Adam (both keyboard players). Also part of the band were John Ford and Richard Hudson who went on to form the duet with the imaginative name, Hudson Ford.
  • By 1972, The Strawbs had morphed from a country to a folk to a harder rock band. Their third album, Bursting at the Seams featured two singles, Lay Down, which peaked at #12 on the UK charts, and Part of the Union.
  • Bursting at the Seams made it to #2 on the UK album charts.
  • The Strawbs separated ways in 1980 only to reunite in 1983. They have been playing in various forms ever since.

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  • Part of the Union was the second single from The Strawbs album, Bursting at the Seams. It was released on October 13, 1972.
  • The song is written by Richard Hudson and John Ford, although the lyrics are often likened to the Woody Guthrie song Union Maid.
  • Part of the Union peaked at #2 on the UK singles chart – the band’s highest charting single.
  • The song was, not surprisingly, adopted by the trade union movement in the UK, although some see the lyrics as being sarcastically union. Indeed, Rick Wakeman, a strong supporter of the Conservative Party, has said that the lyrics were supposed to be sarcastic.
  • Part of the Union lyrics.

part of the union – the strawbs – 1973 – video

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