Henrietta (6:49)

Cover of Fragrant World

From Fragrant World and 6 other releases

The Henrietta Songfacts reports this track was inspired by Henrietta Lacks, an African-American woman from Baltimore, who died in 1951 from a rare form of cancer. Her tumors and cells continued to live and grow after she passed away and the subsequent research resulted in the remarkably durable HeLa cell line, named for her first and last initials.


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  • led_sabbath

    If you're manic, this songs makes you feel megalomaniac

    10 Aug 2014 Reply
  • ven--nick

    nice bass

    17 Sep 2013 Reply
  • KilroyToni

    sweet bass line

    25 Jun 2013 Reply
  • Churumbela

    I adore the second half of this song. I love the way they layered all the different parts. I had no idea it was inspired by Henrietta Lacks - I think I like it even more now. (Into science and/or ethics? Read "The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks.")

    1 Mar 2013 Reply
  • ohsolucky

    pretty amazing

    17 Dec 2012 Reply
  • Evilninja1337

    amazing song

    5 Dec 2012 Reply
  • justfetus

    Just because this song is "inspired" by Henrietta Lacks, doesn't mean that it's about a cell line that is still growing.

    28 Nov 2012 Reply
  • Danhunter20

    We can live on forever... <3

    20 Oct 2012 Reply
  • prime1128

    I liked this song so much more before I knew what it was about.

    4 Oct 2012 Reply
  • Dakota3131

    Oooh Henrietta

    25 Sep 2012 Reply
  • MotherrSuperior

    so fucking goooood

    11 Sep 2012 Reply
  • dufflesj

    Depeche Mode? This song is soooo nice.....

    2 Sep 2012 Reply
  • lvrtits

    forever is a very VERY long time

    30 Aug 2012 Reply
  • shug94

    @Trautkidd I personally think the first half is the better half. But we all have different opinions I guess!

    21 Aug 2012 Reply
  • Trautkidd

    the second half is so pretty wow [2] word if only the first half was as good ;_;

    21 Aug 2012 Reply
  • SometimeWorld

    for one reason or another i never really gave this band a proper listen but i'm loving this song. reminds me of portugal. the man?

    18 Aug 2012 Reply


    16 Aug 2012 Reply

    i vow only to say "THIS IS SOME WILD SHIT" on all the tracks i love for the next month

    16 Aug 2012 Reply
  • SometimeWorld

    this is some wild shit, liking it!

    12 Aug 2012 Reply
  • crw6291

    "This song is about Henrietta Lacks, a poor black woman whose cancer cells became the first line of immortal human cells. She died in 1951. When she was being treated for cervical cancer, the doctors at Johns Hopkins took tissue samples without her consent. Though her cells have been responsible for many important discoveries, her family has never seen a dime."

    7 Aug 2012 Reply
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