Wednesday, March 30, 2022

Strange Fruit

Strange Fruit

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

In 1999, Time magazine named "Strange Fruit" the "song of the century"


See Linda April 19 at the University of St. Joseph in W. Hartford, CT with the Jen Allen / Matt Dwonszyk Ensemble. Set list includes Billy Holiday’s Strange Fruit, Richie Havens’ FREEDOM, Marvin Gaye’s What’s Goin On …

The song “is going to be relevant until cops start getting convicted for murdering Black people,” Michael Meeropol, one of Abel Meeropol’s sons, told “CBS This Morning” before Derek Chauvin, a former Minneapolis police officer, was convicted of murdering Mr. Floyd 

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