"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
(1915-1959) American Jazz Singer
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awesome! so true.
 -- andi, bakersfield, ca     
    Welcome to Amerika.
     -- Mike, Norwalk     
    And de plantation owners live in de big house in Washington,known as the U.S. congress.
     -- jim k, austin,tx     
    Smile...Yes...interesting analogy.
     -- The Real Me Again     
    Once you understand the concept of "tax farmer's" you'll understand that the whole place is a plantation....
     -- J Carlton, Calgary     
    Love it... and we are still slaves to the South
     -- RobertSRQ     
    Sounds apocryphal. Maybe she should have gotten free of the heroin? Then she could have been her own woman.
     -- Bob, Eugene, OR     
    Ain't that the truth.
     -- E Archer, NYC     
    All in the mindset.
     -- warren, olathe     
    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?
     -- Waffler, Smith, Arkansas     
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