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, Maurice Pearl, Dwayne P. Wiggins
Record Label(s): 2011 The Verve Music Group, a Division of UMG Recordings, Inc
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Meaning to "Strange Fruit" song lyrics (19 meanings)
Rudy February 13, 2021-11:54
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This song, 70 years after it was written, still rings true today by the way we still treat our black brothers.
jodie fourmaux October 10, 2012-15:00
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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 September 5, 2012-9:56
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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 May 22, 2012-10:48
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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 May 14, 2012-10:39
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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 January 26, 2012-22:59
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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 December 16, 2011-23:52
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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 December 5, 2011-14:19
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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 December 1, 2011-13:02
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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 September 20, 2011-13:11
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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
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