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Strange Fruit
by Billie Holiday

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

Written by: Abel Meeropol

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Hausun Owens

Justice for George floyd and all of our fallen queens including her...

Tanya Chavis

Hausun Owens Amen!

B Richardson

I pray for the day this song is no longer relevant.

Deangelo Mains

If you read her life story, you will see that she paid a heavy price for singing this song. The FBI basically destroyed her career.

Dawn Smith

@Snakebloke There is NO SUCH THING as a child prostitute!!! There are only sxx trafficked children. The trauma those children endured is the ROOT CAUSE of their later addictions. Child abuse Kills

Michael Laverty

Deangelo Mains , I just listened to her story on NPR. This song is still very relevant today.


@Gregory Bublitz. It may be what Emily wants to believe. I can’t fault her. Women are harsh critics of themselves. Maybe Billie Holliday had an alcohol problem. I don’t know. I wasn’t there. But that doesn’t stop me from hearing her haunting voice, and seeing a different way. Or thinking anything less of her.

Gregory Bublitz

emily salce you suck.


@Deangelo Mains. That’s what you are going to get in this time frame. Nevermind the government then, didn’t give them the means to legally defend themselves. You expose the Government, and you are going to get bad publicity. Jim Crow laws prevented them from defending themselves. They believed in the Government to save them, and they got hanged. Nevermind the Tuskegee experiments. If I was black I would hate our government and more. Not only are the Democrats continuing slavery under bill 5717. But it’s about continuing slavery for all of the poor.

If you are poor, then 5717 means I can own you. You are my strange fruit under this Democratic bill. I’m glad Democrats stuck with their roots. Slavery is a beast of burden. And I will own Democratic slavery. And pay your proprietor off.

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Jessica Lofton

Still singing in 2020. Just for a new type of lynching :(

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