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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: Abel Meeropol

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J D

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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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.

simplybri

They also killed her

Ron Guy

@MelonPanda they were ruined because of them being introduced to drugs.

tony gilbert

Wasn't just her the writer who was white had his career destoryed too

Justin Kirk

the DEA ************************* FIXED THAT FOR U

Christopher Chamberlain

Maybe when confederate statues are finally torn down, the latest of Billie's can be erected. Her trials were the perfect narration of government vs the truth speakers. She was an early day whistle blower.

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teri t

As a black person I am a bit ashamed this is my first time hearing this song but let me tell you, I haven't stopped crying yet, from the first note on.

Gabriel L

White person here just sharing the pan-racial love a bit. God damn goosebumps the whole song, beautiful poetic lyrics, amazing vocal performance mixed with the dreary instrumental. Genius, just genius.

Katerina

A hope tou listen good bless the child. Music is for ol ovals i am 48 end i know black music so well hao start fro were ent ol details. I dont want to shame you, but i am familiar with black music and i am white. It doesnt have to do with the colour. Music is art and everyone can listen to it. Hi from Greece. 🇬🇷

Ruediger Podlaha

I'm white. I have known this song for decades and still have tears in my eyes when I hear the first chord. It's like standing under the tree, a shiver going down my back bone.
Best wishes from Germany.

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