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Sun Mar 21, 2021, 01:02 PM Mar 2021

"Strange Fruit," Billie Holiday's "anthem of resistance."

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This is a moving article, apt at any time in our country. In 1999, Time Magazine named "Strange Fruit" song of the century. [Edit: My apologies for forgetting the link the first time.]

Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swingin' in the Southern breeze
Strange fruit hangin' from the poplar trees

The haunting delivery by Holiday would forever be engraved on the souls of those who heard it.


Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the tree to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop

"Strange Fruit," Billie Holiday's "anthem of resistance." (Original Post) Oldem Mar 2021 OP
written by Abel Meeropol elleng Mar 2021 #1
You beat me to it. Boomerproud Mar 2021 #2
Meeropol was a communist and sympathetic to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. elleng Mar 2021 #3
... abqtommy Mar 2021 #4


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3. Meeropol was a communist and sympathetic to Julius and Ethel Rosenberg.
Sun Mar 21, 2021, 01:17 PM
Mar 2021

[1] Later, he and his wife Anne adopted the Rosenbergs' two sons, Michael and Robert, who were orphaned after their parents' executions for espionage. Michael and Robert took the surname Meeropol.


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