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Billie Holiday — Strange Fruit
Album: Best of Billie Holiday
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Released: 1939
Length: 2:59
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Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swingin' in the Southern breeze
Strange fruit hangin' from the poplar trees

Pastoral scene of the gallant South
The bulgin' eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burnin' 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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 greiffenstein wrote:
Except when they get shot by black cops.  Racism is racism.  But what's going on today is not that clear-cut.  And in the words of Albert Einstein, "this problem is not going to get solved by using the same level of thinking that was in place when it was created."  The police in America needs to take a long hard look at itself and how they do their job, but they're less likely to do so if they're being characterized as mindless, heartless, racists.  Personal attacks rarely lead to introspection.
 
Thank you for this more balanced view.
These massive generalizations "all white cops are evil racists" are ignorant and only add to the problem.
Some cops are bad, regardless of their skin colour.
 VH1 wrote:

Nowadays black people do not get lynched anymore by hanging them from a tree, but get shot in back in the streets by white cops.

What's is the difference?

Rascism is rascism.  

 
Except when they get shot by black cops.  Racism is racism.  But what's going on today is not that clear-cut.  And in the words of Albert Einstein, "this problem is not going to get solved by using the same level of thinking that was in place when it was created."  The police in America needs to take a long hard look at itself and how they do their job, but they're less likely to do so if they're being characterized as mindless, heartless, racists.  Personal attacks rarely lead to introspection. 
I always cry when I hear this
Damn. A reminder to save my 10s for a real, godlike masterpiece. Love you Billie. You too Bill. 
And everyone say how crazy this world is now, we're clueless!
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Gut-wrenching. There has never been a(nother) song quite like this and no one performs it like Billie.
The only contemporary song that comes close from an emotional standpoint would be Johnny Cash's rendition of "Hurt".
From wiki: ""Strange Fruit" is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Written by the teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem, it exposed American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Such lynchings had occurred chiefly in the South but also in other regions of the United States."
(Yes, the "strange fruit" was the black corpses hanging from the trees.)

 

The Meeropols took in the Rosenberg children, after the executions. They were pretty far left, in McCarthy time. And they lived their beliefs.
 
 FrankDebbieCote wrote:
It was very brave of these artists to shine a light on this particulary ugly practice; even so, there were lynchings as recent as 1955 in Indianna. 
 
 
Nowadays black people do not get lynched anymore by hanging them from a tree, but get shot in back in the streets by white cops.

What's is the difference?

Rascism is rascism.  
Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swingin' in the Southern breeze
Strange fruit hangin' from the poplar trees
Deserves to be included in the top 100 intrinsically important songs. Really.
wow, just wow
It was very brave of these artists to shine a light on this particulary ugly practice; even so, there were lynchings as recent as 1955 in Indianna. 
 
Watched the Ken Burns documentary on Jazz recently on Netflix, Billie Holiday highly regarded as a pioneer of that genre. I realized while watching the series that I knew very little about Jazz, it's history or influence on contemporary rock & pop. Amazing music... took me 47 years to find it but I'm glad I did.
 sirdroseph wrote:

I knew they would eventually add this one!

 
I wonder how many times it was uploaded...

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 Lazarus wrote:
Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...
 
Please, it has to be time to realise that this self promoting, cut and paste individual has no care for anything other than narcism.

READ THE LYRICS PAL and then think hard about making joke comments.
Nina Simone also did a mean version of this song.
And in 1939!  Wow, amazing and powerful song.
10.  Should be more but hey, that's as high as I can vote.  There's an early version on youtube, amazing, haunting performance.
{#Clap} there is nothing like the best........
For me an alltime Godlike 10  {#Good-vibes} {#Jump} {#Wave}
{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss}{#Heartkiss} .... timeless classic - 9 for me
 On_The_Beach wrote:
Gut-wrenching. There has never been a(nother) song quite like this and no one performs it like Billie.
The only contemporary song that comes close from an emotional standpoint would be Johnny Cash's rendition of "Hurt".
From wiki: ""Strange Fruit" is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Written by the teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem, it exposed American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Such lynchings had occurred chiefly in the South but also in other regions of the United States."
(Yes, the "strange fruit" was the black corpses hanging from the trees.)

 
Thank you. Spot on.

Let's add more comments and see if we can get those 'other' comments off the first page...
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

 
Well hooray for violent institutionalized racism, I guess.
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

 
Really? Even commenting like that on this song? Are you even paying attention to the songs you're referring to anymore or just posting the same sh*t everywhere without any regard to its meaning? You're a sad and sick individual, RT.
 Lazarus wrote:

Everybody in my mushrooming multitude of churches be dancing buck ass naked...  love this song...  love sex, drugs, and rock 'n roll...

 
Completely bizarre and perhaps innapropriate response to this song
Gut-wrenching. There has never been a(nother) song quite like this and no one performs it like Billie.
The only contemporary song that comes close from an emotional standpoint would be Johnny Cash's rendition of "Hurt".
From wiki: ""Strange Fruit" is a song performed most famously by Billie Holiday, who first sang and recorded it in 1939. Written by the teacher Abel Meeropol as a poem, it exposed American racism, particularly the lynching of African Americans. Such lynchings had occurred chiefly in the South but also in other regions of the United States."
(Yes, the "strange fruit" was the black corpses hanging from the trees.)
Yeah, folks, my mistake...  my comment was inappropriate for such a profound and socially significant song...  I apologize for that...  please forgive me...
Am always knocked back by this song.  So powerful!
Billie's signal song. The timing - after a weekend of protests over the Martin killing - so perfectly speaks to the racial issues still looming over this country.


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Lol  I knew they would eventually add this one!