This is an example of what Nash called "songs as news," meaning music that also provided social and political commentary on what was going on in the world. "During the mid-to-late '60s it was crazy in America," he told Bruce Pollock
. "Society was stretching out. It was having birth pains. People were beginning to realize that they were trod upon in many ways. And, for instance, in 'Chicago,' when I saw them bind and chain Bobby Seale to a chair and put a gag in his mouth and put him in the witness box and try to call that a fair trial, every fiber of my Englishness said, 'Wait a second, that's just not fair.' So, songs as news, and the news is that people have individual feelings."