Strange Fruit Hanging From the Poplar Trees
is a subtle nod to the lynching of African Americans in the United States during the pre-civil rights era.
The blood on the leaves and blood on the roots states the brutality of the event and it has been used/sampled in the ‘Blood on the Leaves’ dog by Kanye West from his album Yeezus.
Kanye’s Song Strange Fruit Hanging From The Poplar Trees Featured On Winning Time
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Kanye West based his ‘Blood on the Leeves’ song on the demolishing of relationships, the tumultuous way of bonds and how they fade, plus the comparison of contemporary time with the devastating Lynching event.
The poem about the sad killing of groups of African American people during the pre-civil rights period had become one of the iconic calls against brutality and hate of all kinds.
Billie Holiday first recorded the song on April 20, 1939, and it became one of the saddest songs but also the protest theme during the 20th century.
The song went on to incorporate the horrific details and devastating effects of human hate and racial injustice.
The devastating effects of lynching on the entire human race and the victims, in particular, were best addressed and embedded as the core theme of the poem-turned song of Billie Holiday.
In many artists’ versions and samplings of this great masterpiece and iconic protest song, the theme of unity and raising a voice against hate in all forms is still extant and solid.
Kanye’s Song Strange Fruit Hanging From The Poplar Trees Meaning
Kanye’s song ‘Blood on the Leaves’ sampled the famous lines of ‘Strange Fruit Hanging From the Poplar Trees’ shares and advocates the devastating effects lynching had on mankind.
The deeply political song about justice and unity and the horrific extents of lynching in the States still preserve the same old meaning and theme in Kanye’s version.
Strange Fruit Hanging From The Poplar Trees Lyrics
The lyrics of Strange Fruit Hanging from the Poplar Tress proceeds as:
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees Blood on the leaves
I just need to clear my mind now It’s been racin’ since the summertime
that brings back the major hint and homage to the old song of political deep meaning.
Then it goes on with lines like:
Now I’m holdin’ down the summer now And all I want is what I can’t buy now
Cause I ain’t got the money on me right now
And I told you to wait Yeah I told you to wait So I’mma need a little more time now
Cause I ain’t got the money on me right now And I thought you could wait
Yeah, I thought you could wait
In these lines, Kanye addresses the effects of a fading relationship, the reasons behind the devastation of love bonds, and the serious ill-effects of the split or the major Chasm.