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Post  laura juillard on Fri May 23, 2008 11:03 pm

Strange Fruit, due to its symbolic dimension, had an effect comparable to Rosa Parks's refusal to give up its place to a white in a bus.
« Strange Fruit » is a song composed in 1937 by Abel Meeropol, a jewish teacher who lived in Bronx and was member of communist party of the United States. After he having seen the photos of lynching, it was so shocked that he wrote then the poem " Bitter Fruit " which he published under Lewis Allan's pen name. He wrote this poem to denounce the Necktie Party ( hanging) which took place in the South of United States and whom the whites attended. This poem was transformed into song and offered to Billie Holiday at the very beginning of its career and which made all its success. This song is other considered as one of the first demonstrations of the movement for the civil rights in this country. Moreover the term " Strange Fruit " became a synonym for the term "lynching". The important political and historic implication of this song makes of her a little common song. It became in the course of time the hymn, the song of reunification of all the victims of racist acts or oppressed minorities. “Strange Fruit” is not only the first American protest song , but it is also the most powerful and the most durable. “Strange Fruit” is not a song of yesterday, but regrettably of today, of tomorrow, of still. The term “strange fruit” indicates in a metaphoric way the bodies of the blacks people hung on trees.

After the abolition of the slavery and the war of Secession, the racism is still very present in mind of the Americans. The Supreme Court accepted the racial segregation according to the principle of separated but equals. When Billie Holiday interprets for the first time this song, three lynchings have already taken place this year there. A poll of time reveals that 6 whites on 10 were favorable in this meadow.
Billie Holiday:
The American Afro singer interpreted it for the first time in 1939 in the Café society in New York. The song " Strange Fruit " distances itself from Billie Holiday's usual repertoir, singer of jazz and blues. She acquires an international fame thanks to "Strange Fruit”. The singer was considered as her capacity to move the public, proves with this song that she also can to shatter it. She sang in a very safe, convinced and convincing way, determined. Its diction and its phrasing give to the words an intensity and an impact to his public.

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.


We can observe two important lexical fields in this song:
that of the nature: “trees”;”fruit”;”the leaves”;“the root”; “southern breeze”; “poplar trees”;“magnolia”; “the rain”; “the wind” and “crop”
and that of the pain: “blood”;”the bulding eyes”; “the twisted mouth” and “smell of burning flesh”
These two lexical fields express a contrast, which makes become aware of the horror of the scene. Indeed, the lexical field of the nature gives this impression of life, while that of the pain that of the death. These two opposite give this effect of paradox, and thus the horror of the scene for the one who listens to the song.

We find also this metaphoric effect there: the bodies of the blacks hung on trees are compared with fruits: “Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze”
“Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck” > We so find in this sentence another side of the metaphor, because ravens instead of pecking at fruits, pecked at corpses.
“For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck, for the sun to rot, for a tree to drop”> These words press on the sense of the metaphor, where the crop of these strange fruits is described such as a natural crop.
“Here is a strange and bitter crop.”> The final sentence of the song expresses the pain and the horror which brings the scene: lynched bodies, rotted and hung on trees, to eat by birds, burned by the sun, with faces deformed by the pain.

This song so makes feel to the one who listens to it the kind of scenes which seemed commonplace in this time: a macabre scene melted in a landscape, merged with the nature, the life, such a set. Now it was really a real scene of horror, fruit of the intolerance and the racism of the American white people.
It is thanks to this shock of the horror that this song transmetted this message of the terror which beat down on the South of America because of the racism.
I like this song because to my opinion it managed to make a message pass which is still of current events today, the message against the intolerance,the racism , and the horror to create by this one.

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My favorite protest song

Post  Amira on Sat May 24, 2008 9:08 pm

Blowin'in the wind

How many roads must a man walk down
Before you call him a man?
Yes, 'n' how many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?
Yes, 'n' how many times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
the cannon balls fly

How many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?
Yes, 'n' how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, 'n' how many deaths will it take till he knows
That too many people have died?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

How many years can a mountain exist
Before it's washed to the sea?
Yes, 'n' how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?
Yes, 'n' how many times can a man turn his head,
Pretending he just doesn't see?
The answer, my friend, is blowin' in the wind,
The answer is blowin' in the wind.

Soufflé Dans Le Vent

Combien de routes un homme doit-il parcourir
Avant que vous ne l'appeliez un homme ?
Oui, et combien de mers la colombe doit-elle traverser
Avant de s'endormir sur le sable ?
Oui, et combien de fois doivent tonner les canons
Avant d'être interdits pour toujours ?
La réponse, mon ami, est soufflée dans le vent,
La réponse est soufflée dans le vent.

Combien d'années une montagne peut-elle exister
Avant d'être engloutie par la mer ?
Oui, et combien d'années doivent exister certains peuples
Avant qu'il leur soit permis d'être libres ?
Oui, et combien de fois un homme peut-il tourner la tête
En prétendant qu'il ne voit rien ?
La réponse, mon ami, est soufflée dans le vent,
La réponse est soufflée dans le vent.

Combien de fois un homme doit-il regarder en l'air
Avant de voir le ciel ?
Oui, et combien d'oreilles doit avoir un seul homme
Avant de pouvoir entendre pleurer les gens ?
Oui, et combien faut-il de morts pour qu'il comprenne
Que beaucoup trop de gens sont morts ?
La réponse, mon ami, est soufflée dans le vent,
La réponse est soufflée dans le vent.

"Blowin' in the wind" is a song of Bob Dylan and extract of the album " The Freewheelin ' Bob Dylan ". She went out on May 27th, 1963. Recording became on July 9th April 1962-24, 1963 in Columbia studios, in New York. The song lasts 2:48. The producers of this song are John h. Hammond and Tom Wilson. The quality-label is Columbia.
Blowin ' In The Wind is the first important composition of Dylan, it is also the most famous of " protest songs ». The song is constituted of three strophes, each composed of three poetries. Every poetry consists of a question, the answer of which, always identical, constitutes refrain. The brevity of the text, added to the interrogative shape, innocent of style, tends to underline the visible simplicity of answer, independently of the complicacy of questions. However, answer, space, does not answer clear-cut and clear, put down questions, and well marked quantitative aspect: it is only said to the listeners where he can find answer.

A small biography of bobsleigh dylan:
Bob Dylan, for registry office Robert Allen Zimmerman, is native of Duluth, in Minnesota where he came into the world on May 24th, 1941. It takes this pseudonym in reference to the welsh poet Dylan Thomas.
Too clever in Hibbing, a small mining city located on the border of Canada. He learns to play the guitar from the age of 10 years.
At the dawn of his twenty years, Dylan goes up and down the United States in hitchhiking then inserts the university of Minnesota where he follows literary studies.

"The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan".
Its first album, eponym, arrives in 1961 and allows him to re-visit of big classical blues and folk music. A style which is quickly going to become its trademark very as its nasillarde and recognizable voice between one thousand...

It goes on with a first disc really personal, "The Freewheelin ' Bob Dylan", in whom its author's talents and its poet's soul are quickly admired by all.
"Title Blowin ' In The Wind" is then popularized by the trio Peter, Paul and Mary.

The main lexical fields are peace and freedom. The terms which recall them are: "a white dove"(l.3); "she sleeps in the sand"(l.3); "you call him a man"(l.5); "forever banned"(l.7); "he can see the sky"(l.9); "he can hear people cry"(l.11); "That too many people have died"(l.13); " it's washed to the sea"(l.15); "they're allowed to be free"(l.17).
The white dove is the symbol of peace. Here the dove is linked to the pacifists of the Vietnam. The terms which recall the main lexical fields, especially " repose on sand ", give an effect of suffering, hardness of itinerary, length of itinerary and of time.
In this song, there are many faces rhetorics. Particularly a spun metaphor. The metaphors which are part of the spun metaphor one: "she sleeps in teh sand"(l.4); "the cannon balls fly"(l.6); "the cannon balls fly"(l.Cool; "it's washed to the sea"(l.17).
There is also a lot of repetition of words. Repeated words are: "man"; " how many "; " the answer "; "yes"; "before"; "wind". These are listing to stress event.
There are rhymes also. Bob Dylan was a poet. Rhymes are: " man, sand, banned "; " sky, cry, died "; " sea, free, see ".

This song, in the crest of movement for civil rights, summed up passions and questions of time. Some people thought it was weak because she asked questions without answering it.
They can link up the central metaphor of this song with a retort of the film on nuclear holocaust.
The song, had a double life of model of music pop and of hymn for civil rights. In the year which followed, it recorded himself about sixty other versions: (Marlène Dietrich, Trini Lopez, Duke Ellington, Spike Jones, etc).
More artists still sang it without recording it. It was translated and interpreted in almost all languages
Between 1962 and 1978, Dylan recorded it six times himself, by changing the tempo, rhythm, the intonation, voice but ever words. The words of Blowin ' in the Wind held the attention of movements for civil rights in the United States. A protesting song is a song which protests. Here, Bob Dylan protests well. It " participates in revolution ".

Then, we can interpret refrain.
As, Gordon Friesen, editor in Broadside Magazine, which suggested an elliptical reference to the American flag, by naming « old rags of pavilions which blows the wind » of Ralph Waldo Emerson, who reported the unconditional patriotism, represented by the national flag.

The figurative picture of the wind can also be an allusion to the context of epoch, when the violence of conflicts, deaths denoted an observable increase of the political tension. Others see in the "silence" of the wind the necessity to find the réponse to oneself.

This song expresses its enmity every towards culture. It is one song more or less the hymn of the "blacks" who walked towards Washington for metre at the end to segregation. Everything is there: harmonica, guitar, words and emotions. It is one chavirante song.

I am really sorry for delay. He does not remain me more than has hope to have a good average in English. Thank you in advance. Smile


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My favorite protest song

Post  Amira on Sun May 25, 2008 11:17 am

I am sorry for trouble, but I have just realized that I have make errors of personal pronouns: I put "It" instead of "He". I hope that ca be not going to penalize me. Smile


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