Billie Holiday: Strange Fruit Meaning
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Strange Fruit Lyrics
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...
anonymous Feb 11th, 2:00am report
i think its a great song because she had to muster up all of her strength and courage to write and perform the song.
anonymous Feb 10th, 2:59pm report
The song is gay and should have ever been made.
anonymous Oct 3rd, 10:49pm report
Blood on the leaves and blood on the root.
anonymous Jan 28th, 2018 1:30pm report
The strange fruit was black people being hung and killed from the trees they were being lynched.
anonymous Jun 3rd, 2012 6:34pm report
“Strange Fruit” was a definitely an effectively powerful song. The song is comparing black people to the strange fruit, calling them a “bitter crop”. How there were dead black people “swingin’ in the Southern breeze” smelling like blood and “burnin’ flesh” instead of the beautiful sweet smell of fruit or flowers that should have been hanging from the trees.
anonymous Mar 10th, 2011 3:21pm report
In the poem you can see the powerlessness and despair of an age when African Americans had few legal rights and little political power. It evokes a dark past and tries to show the contrast between Nature and cruel actions of men towards black people. They are compared to a "strange and bitter crop” in order to depreciate their value. Although they are described as “scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh", black people were burnt and hung and then left swinging on the trees. Hence, it pretends to show that there should be beautiful and colourful fruits instead of innocent, poor people.
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