(11/11/2005 1:07:00 PM)
I'm glad that you made the point about Abel Meeropol being a white Jew, if memory serves me right, he was also a member of the Communist Party.
I do remember coming across the poem many years ago and I am sure that nothing was changed in it. Setting poetry to music is nothing new, many composers, most notable, Schubert, set verse to lieder, even today composer do the same thing (Check out Elliot Carter's 'A Mirror on which to dwell') .
Anyhow Poetry Hound thanks for your piece. I have started a bit of a rumpus (unintentionally) on the forum over lyrics - poetry already.
Somebody did mention about poems being memorable if they could be put to music, I think they do have a point. In the US at present there are two composers who do this successfully, the aformentioned Elliot Carter and Ned Rorem.
Anyhow thanks for reminding me of Strange Fruit.
The Irony of Strange Fruit is that more than 20 years after Billie Holiday recorded it, Nina Simone also also brought it into her repetoire and was severely criticed and abused for doing so.