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Homotextual: Abel Meeropol

Filed By Ed Team | October 01, 2007 7:30 AM | comments

Filed in: Quote of the Day
Tags: America, black, hanging gay people, LGBT history, lynching, lyrics, music, protest, race relations, racism, songs, South

Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black body 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 magnolia sweet and fresh,
And the sudden smell of burning flesh!

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 a tree to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.

-- Poet and songwriter Abel Meeropol wrote “Strange Fruit,” the haunting song about lynching in America, more than 60 years ago. The first protest song, it was first recorded by the famed jazz singer Billie Holiday in 1939 and dozens of others in the years since.

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This was not the "first protest song".

earliest protest song on record is "The Cutty Wren"

Got a link to that one, Kevin? I'd love to hear it.

Marla R. Stevens Marla R. Stevens | October 2, 2007 1:08 AM

Does Cutty Wren pre-date Mother Goose? Much of it was protest/political commentary and some of it was set to music almost immediately.