I was bottle fed bigotry
Prejudices were pablum
To be swallowed without question
Did my teething on intolerance
I was fed spoonful after spoonful
of mashed bananas with racism
washed down with hypocrisy
Before I lost my baby teeth
I knew that girls were less than
I was fed a steady diet of hate
I was fed this set of beliefs as a child
My guess is You were fed some hatred too
But we are no longer being Force fed
I’ve changed my diet, have you?
Strange Fruit is one of the first Anti Racism Songs.
Funnily enough I was watching an old episode of Touched by an Angel (which is not normally something I watch but hey nothing was on…and who doesn’t love Della Reese) and the story line included a flashback to Billie Holiday and the first time she sang this song. I’m not recommending you watch this…just letting you know what made me think of this song… I had to go look it up and now I am sharing it with you.
If you have never heard Billie Holiday you should listen to a selection of her work as it doesn’t matter the genre of music you like she has a beautiful, haunting, captivating voice.
“Gloomy Sunday” is one I can listen to repeatedly. There are other versions but damn she speaks to me.