Sympathy for fugitive slaves intensified with the publication of Uncle Toms Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe, written in protest to the Fugitive Slave laws while southerners decried these 'misconceptions' of slavery. This book gave a face to slavery.
Her clothing choices aside...I loved this song - I'm a word person after all. Also, since I felt somewhat repressed as a kid, I totally identified with the lyrics. It wasn't on the charts long enough for me.
Paper Lace - "Billy Don't Be A Hero" [Live 1974 - Lyrics: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6cdFuMgMkBM -- Paper Lace are a Nottingham-based pop group, formed in 1967. They are known to Americans as a one-hit wonder; however, in the UK they were a "classic two-and-a-half-hit wonder". The core of the band originally formed in 1967 as Music Box, but changed their name to Paper Lace when Phil Wright joined as drummer and lead singer.