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
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.

5 thoughts on “Lateral Love Australia Song of the Week (Trigger Warning)

  1. 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. 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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