BILLIE HOLIDAY


Strange Fruit Lyrics

Southern trees bear strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze
Strange fruit hanging from the popular trees

Pastoral scene of the gallant south
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh

Here is fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop
Here is a strange and bitter cry

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Songwriter(s): Lewis Allan, Dwayne P. Wiggins
Copyright: Edward B. Marks Music Co., Music Sales Corporation, Marks Edward B. Music Corp., Dwayne Wiggins Pub Designee, WB Music Corp.
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Meaning to "Strange Fruit" song text (18 meanings)
jodie fourmaux 10/10/12,15:00
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oh! ive heard that song when its about when the white americans hanged the black americans on the tree! and that was in my lesson in english when we're watching Holes
judy 09/05/12,09:56
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this song was written by a nothern Jewish teacher who was greatly troubled by a linching in the south. he had to leave teaching becausse he was accused of being a communist because of his caring.
Further11 05/22/12,10:48
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Insanely powerful. First heard it sung by Nina Simone. Both these ladies convey such pain and tragedy in their performances. Cruel injustice is as old as history and has not ended. Peace to all.
margaret 05/14/12,10:39
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corrections..Ln 4. Strange fruit hanging from the POPLAR trees..Last line. Here is a strange and bitter CROP...Respect to you and yours, Ms Holiday
Nobody 01/26/12,22:59
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Powerful words from a sad and shameful time. Don't have to be an ignorant racist from the 50's to have something to learn from it.... Lyrics should read 'poplar trees' and 'strange and bitter crop'.
Seno 12/16/11,23:52
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When Billie Holiday went on a tour in the South, she witnessed these bodies of the africans hanging dead in the trees.These people were killed by the KKK, and so Billie wrote this song 'Strange Fruit'
sop 12/05/11,14:19
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You should do something about the HITLERMAN. This is a racist and insufferable comment! Of cours it's all about the KKK
kate 12/01/11,13:02
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this song is really sad and speaks to my heart i just think of all those poor innocent people that got killed i want to cry
nial 09/20/11,13:11
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no its about dead people hanging on trees and they stay there to get picked at by the birds in till they get removed from the trees
b;jxdfgijadigkdqfk 04/11/11,13:45
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well my fine friends i agree with you all they were so mean to all the black people!!!!!! and this song is the truth its speaks to my soul.....
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