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Billie Holiday: Strange Fruit Meaning

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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...


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    Mar 29th, 3:03pm report

    it was on the old show touched by an angel. and it showed the background to the song, and the stress it invoked. Being based in reality, although reality means nothing to some. I am old enough to remember the KKK, parades and the like. And I am up in Canada, and never heard the song before now. But back then it must have been very powerful, and the Trumpster and his followers should have to listen to it daily. No maybe hourly, as he is the biggest bully this side of the south pole. He is just changing the fruit to mexicans and the like.


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    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.


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    Feb 10th, 2:59pm report

    The song is gay and should have ever been made.


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    Oct 3rd, 2018 10:49pm report

    Blood on the leaves and blood on the root.


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    Jan 28th, 2018 1:30pm report

    The strange fruit was black people being hung and killed from the trees they were being lynched.


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    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.


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    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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