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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

Lyrics © Kobalt Music Publishing Ltd., Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: Abel Meeropol

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Sbamabelle

Billie Holiday was threatened by Harry Anslinger, the Head Of the FBI, to stop singing about lynching. She did it anyway and continued to do it no matter what the monster tried to do to ruin her life. Now, Holiday and “Strange Fruit” are still remembered. Anslinger is not.May we all be a badass like Billie one day

Leo Kapas

Respect for Billie !

Cesar Cesar

She freaking was Queen Bad ass for sure

its the Ru

@jslasher1 👏🏾👏🏾👍🏿💪🏿✊🏾

Anthony Bravo Henderson

I Sincerely appreciate you on elucidating a little on the Back Story of this wonderfully great woman . As far as I can think, I do not know of ever hearing about this FBI Official until you brought attention to his name . So you're right , he is long forgotten , while Billy will be Posthumously Remembered for her Great contribution, through her art of music 😁 .

LIVE Gaming NL .

I dont say its good but........ the time frame and even way back in time....... its the life they lived in ( no internet no tv ) and where did you lived and youre parents, where you white you have a easy life but when you where black, yello or red....... you had nothing to bring in live . Even the people that now react with anger and say this is a shame ( its true) when they wood have lived than where the same in there way they treated color people. Now a day Its a bit beter but America is still a bad country to live in as a color people or gay, now thats a big shame.

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Mary Harry

If you ain't black and this song moves you; just want to tell you, we appreciate you.

Edit: I was not trying to make any one whose not black to feel any type of way when I wrote this. We all have gone through needless/unjustified hate. I have not walked a mile in the shoes of all humanity. But if any situation can cause another human being pain, then it certainly can cause me pain, if in their shoes. I hope this makes sense.

SP Moran

Thank you beautiful human being . And I am white , not that it matters but the suffering of anyone any person , needs to be stopped .

Vesper Inthedetails

@Carlie Thompson me too.in my 20 s tho.
I did know the song but i hardly knew the meaning behind it..untill I saw the movie yesterday US vs.Billie Holiday.
What a song...what a woman.....
<3

Shuraka Huffman

You (WE) don't owe them no EXPLANATION!

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