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Strange Fruit
Billie Holiday Lyrics


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

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

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

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Written by: Lewis Allen

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xJustBeingRealx

For those who need to read along:

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 poplar 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 crop



All comments from YouTube:

Dean Sharpe

She lost her life because she refused to stop singing this song...RIP QUEEN

Willy Bones

She lost her life because she addicted herself to Heroin. Today she would have OD'd on Fentanyl.

L Jones

She died from alcohol poisoning. Don't tell lies because they fit a narrative; those lies will be your downfall.

Katia K

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5h9B-muOaDuPSeVQCP2hNg

norma desmond

she lost her life because she was an addict. Had nothing to do with this song.

GulagFingerprint369

@Darris Mcdowell this isn't even realistic nor accurate.

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Anne Davison

Brave Billie Holiday who sang the truth no matter what the cost.

pure Love Elias

@Sonny Blakkk49 But she didn't write it. ​ @Bill Stevens In the late 1930s, Pellison says, Meeropol "was very disturbed at the continuation of racism in America, and seeing a photograph of a lynching sort of put him over the edge."

Meeropol once said the photograph "haunted" him "for days." So he wrote a poem about it, which was then printed in a teachers union publication. An amateur composer, Meeropol also set his words to music. He played it for a New York club owner — who ultimately gave it to Billie Holiday. Lyrics written by a Jewish man.

pure Love Elias

@rumseyh Yes we all do.. but please don't take away from the Angel that is Abel Meeropol. Jews have been murdered in America for standing up for Black people. And the Hollies "He ain't heavy he's my brother" comes to my mind.

pure Love Elias

@Carlie Pinc ​ @Bill Stevens In the late 1930s, Pellison says, Meeropol "was very disturbed at the continuation of racism in America, and seeing a photograph of a lynching sort of put him over the edge."

Meeropol once said the photograph "haunted" him "for days." So he wrote a poem about it, which was then printed in a teachers union publication. An amateur composer, Meeropol also set his words to music. He played it for a New York club owner — who ultimately gave it to Billie Holiday. Lyrics written by a Jewish man.

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