In 1939, the song "Strange Fruit" by Billie Holiday, based upon the poem by Abel Meeropol (pen name of Lewis Allen), was first performed. The song created such an impact on peoples' minds that the world uproared and the suicide rate skyrocketed. It was banned from airways all over the mortal world. To this day it is still a controversial song, but able to be acquired.
I am glad. I adore this song...as I do with many by this beautiful and talented woman.
Listen to this song carefully and responsibly, should you choose to do so.
"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"