I actually liked this poem, because it showed what it was like in the south back then. When I heard billy sing it it really showed how much it related to her and how much heart she put into it, because this was the kind of world they lived in. I think it really expresses how the south was a beautiful place at first but the people were doing horrible things. I think this poem helps show how horrible racism was and the things that people would do because of it. At the end of the poem it says bitter fruit, and it can be interpreted in many different ways depending on the persons view but I though of it as someone saying how horrible it was to see them up there.