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Until recently I was peripherally aware of the song Strange Fruit, but I figured it was something like a jazzy version of Spill The Wine, "Eat the strange fruit, get high" etc.

The song features in the soundtrack to The Man In The High Castle and I actually listened to it.


Boy was I wrong about it's subject matter.  This song is brutal, visceral and deeply sad.  And it doesn't need any interpretation, it speaks for itself.

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

Pastoral scene of the gallant south
The buzzing eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolia sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh

Here's a 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's a strange and bitter crop

Date: 2017-04-06 11:32 pm (UTC)
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Oh my word honey, it never occurred to me that anyone could mistake that one... that was a shock I'm sure.

Date: 2017-04-07 08:33 am (UTC)
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hi! Am moving to dreamwidth and don't want to lose touch, I am the same username there - are you? cheers :)

Date: 2017-04-11 09:41 am (UTC)
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I am! I just need to remember to post there instead of here. Old habits die hard as they say.

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