(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 hanging from the popping tree
— Stay In your Lane (@Anrkiss) June 18, 2013
Strange fruit hanging from the popple trees
— Malik John (@thatwageO_O) June 18, 2013
Strange fruit hanging from the poppa tree
— Defiant Dizzy Dice (@defiantdaniel) June 18, 2013
A strange fruit hanging from the proper trees. Blood On The Leaves.
— Seed of Satan™ (@TheWorldFollows) June 18, 2013
How well known are these trees? RT @Sir_Tinii: Strange fruit hanging from the popular trees”
— Joseline Petrilleaux (@SheSeauxSaditty) June 17, 2013
Tracy Clayton is a writer, humorist and blogger from Louisville, Ky.