Billie Holiday Quote

“You can be up to your boobies in white satin, with gardenias in your hair and no sugar cane for miles, but you can still be working on a plantation.”

~ Billie Holiday

Ratings and Comments

andi, bakersfield, ca

awesome! so true.

Mike, Norwalk

Welcome to Amerika.

jim k, austin,tx

And de plantation owners live in de big house in Washington,known as the U.S. congress.

The Real Me Again

Smile...Yes...interesting analogy.

J Carlton, Calgary

Once you understand the concept of "tax farmer's" you'll understand that the whole place is a plantation....

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RobertSRQ    4/30/08

Love it... and we are still slaves to the South

Bob, Eugene, OR

Sounds apocryphal. Maybe she should have gotten free of the heroin? Then she could have been her own woman.

E Archer, NYC

Ain't that the truth.

warren, olathe

All in the mindset.

Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

She was obviously and overworked non-union blues singer.

Waffler, Smith, Arkansas

Food for thought. Is Billie saying that slaves were sometimes just as free as people in other walks of life who suffered from there own brand of servitude? Is freedom a state of mind rather than of servitude?


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