Lateral Love Australia Song of the Week (Trigger Warning)

Lateral Love Australia Song of the Week
Friday 29 March 2013 ~ Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday
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Great comment posted on You Tube 4 weeks ago, says it all:
“I had heard from a history teacher that each time she sang this she had to cry backstage because she was so moved. But she said she would never stop singing it for the sake of those who had been lynched in the way she is describing. This really is a moving song that touches upon some of the darkest times in American history that textbooks often gloss over. It shows that we NEED music and art to move us and teach us in a way that schools and textbooks cannot.” by Taperz
Songwriters: Damon Frost & Aaron Phiri
Southern trees bear a 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.

About Lateral Love™ Australia

Lateral Love™ Australia Lateral Love Australia is devoted to bringing lateral violence, particularly for Aboriginal & Islander (including the Torres Strait) Peoples of Australia, into the public arena. Lateral Love™ Australia aims to share truthful information about the history of Australia, highlighting the deliberate impact of colonisation, and the damage made to the Human Spirit regardless of race due the manifestations of lateral violence. William Brian Butler & his niece Nicola Butler are the individuals behind the "Lateral Love & Spirit of Care for all Humankind 2012 - 2022 Campaign". This campaign is a product of the culmination of the life works of William Brian Butler and Nicola Butler creating an ongoing, living, breathing environment for positive discussions, development of resources and suggestions for change that will have a lasting impact for Human Rights, Social Inclusion and the Spiritual and Emotional Well being for all Aboriginal and Islander peoples in this country.
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5 Responses to Lateral Love Australia Song of the Week (Trigger Warning)

  1. tesspowell says:

    Reblogged this on teesepowell and commented:
    While praising Christ for his sacrifices for all of us, let us not forget the sacrifices of the thousand of unknown, that made freedom possible for all. Let us continue to work in this vein on all civil rights issues

  2. tesspowell says:

    Something every family should explore on the weekend when are also (hopefully) exploring the sacrifices of Christ.

  3. A2LSM says:

    Every time I hear her sing that song I bawl! It strikes a chord deep within my heart…

  4. Vagabond Ted says:

    Reblogged this on Tales from along the Homeless Trail and commented:
    I’m new here on WordPress so I apologize if this isn’t proper, reposting someone else’s post. I can’t help but cry every time I hear this song, so I cant begin to imagine what she felt everytime she sang it

  5. Wicoiye says:

    Reblogged this on wicoiye and commented:
    One of the most moving songs in the history of Cival Rights in America. I find it very important today, because we are still in need of this song. The hate is not so much in the open any more, but much more subtle, which makes it more dangerous.

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