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Lambs together

Anyone know of, or even remember, The Spinners? Not our own Northumberland Spinners but the British folk group that peaked at number 14 in the album charts in 1971. Yes, a long time ago, eh? Well, the first LP I ever bought (for the younger ones among us, this is what’s currently called ‘a vinyl’) was ‘Black and White’ by The Spinners. It featured a song unsurprisingly called ‘Black and White’, the third verse of which reads as follows:

A child is black, a child is white
The whole world looks upon the sight
A beautiful sight
And very well the whole world knows
This is the way that freedom grows
Freedom grows
A child is black, a child is white
The whole world looks upon the sight
A beautiful sight

It rather appealed to my youthful sentimentalities and has stuck with me ever since – even though I can’t remember the last time I listened to any music by the now disbanded group.

Of course, the song’s a metaphor – and not a particularly subtle one. But British folk music wasn’t especially subtle in the early 1970s. And, well, the message is still relevant in 2021, isn’t it?

Photo of a black coloured lamb
Photo of a white coloured lamb
Photo of a black and a white lamb standing together

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