Ask iAN * Swingin’ from the Trees
I often write when i am tired...and i apologize for not going back and re'illustrating with words my certain point...in no way do i make excuses, i figure my true gang knows me better than that...
i should have gone back and have been deeper with the description...but i was lax...I apologize...
When I said black people swinging from trees this is what i meant
I am sorry if i hurt anyone's feelings or somehow through lack of wordplay left you astray....
but this is what I meant...I adore
People of every race and of every gender, sexuality, etc....
i just don't like fuckers like Dick Cheney.
Sorry for the confusion my friends....
I'll do better next time
Southern trees bear strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.
Pastoral scene of the gallant south,
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.
Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.
I'm sorry.... .*
"Strange Fruit" is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who released her first recording of it in 1939, the year she first sang it. Written by the teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem, it condemned American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Such lynchings had occurred chiefly in the South but also in all other regions of the United States. He set it to music and with his wife and the singer Laura Duncan, performed it as a protest song in New York venues, including Madison Square Garden.
The song has been covered by numerous artists, as well as inspiring novels, other poems and other creative works. In 1978 Holiday's version of the song was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame. It was also included in the list of Songs of the Century, by the Recording Industry of America and the National Endowment for the Arts.