(The Root) — Kanye’s sixth studio album, Yeezus, was released on Tuesday, but the Internet has been buzzing about it since it leaked last week. One song in particular, “Blood on the Leaves,” made a particularly big splash. It samples Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” a haunting song about the epidemic of lynching in the American South. My Twitter buddy @steenfox called my attention to an interesting phenomenon concerning this track.
As people do with their favorite songs, many on Twitter have been tweeting a portion of the song’s refrain: “Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.” The only problem is that a healthy helping of people have clearly never heard the original. There’s no strange fruit hanging from their poplar trees — but their poppy trees, papa trees and popple trees are teeming.
Here are 17 people who have no idea what they’re talking about.
strange fruit from the purple trees
— Binh Nguyen (@BinhVan93) June 17, 2013
Strange fruit, hanging from the Poppa trees.
— Andrew (@LiveLoveAndrew) June 18, 2013
strange fruit hanging from the popping tree
— Stay In your Lane (@Anrkiss) June 18, 2013
Black bodies, swinging in the southern breeze.. Strange fruit hanging, from the poppy trees..
— Gordon Gee (@Zeus_3k) June 18, 2013
Strange fruit hanging from the popple trees
— Malik John (@thatwageO_O) June 18, 2013
Strange fruit hanging from the poppy trees