Never Forget: Strange Fruits Grow On Southern Trees

Billie Holiday-Strange fruit- HD [Full HD 1080p]

Southern trees bear a strange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,
Black body 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,
And 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 a tree to drop,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.



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Author: Angela Grant

Angela Grant is a medical doctor. For 22 years, she practiced emergency medicine and internal medicine. She studied for one year at Harvard T. H Chan School Of Public Health. She writes about culture, race, and health.

5 thoughts on “Never Forget: Strange Fruits Grow On Southern Trees

  1. This song is still chilling to this day. I can’t take seeing pictures of our ancestors hung on trees as they make me angry. The devils have a might debt to pay for all the injustices toward us.

    1. The devils have no intention of making reparations, something that should have been demanded years ago.

      The eyes of our ancestors in those images tell a story of a oppression and torture.

      Very chilling. Look how happy the death of black bodies make the devils.

  2. This is one of the most haunting songs ever and still relevant to this day. Hearing the Nina Simone cover during the mass lynching scene in Birth of a Nation (2016) was one of the most heartbreaking and spine-chilling scenes I’ve seen in a REALLY long time.

    1. I heard it a couple of weeks ago. When it came on, I stopped in my tracks and became lost in the lyrics. Abel Meeropol wrote the song after he saw a picture of a lynching. He was a white man haunted by the cruelty of racism

      1. I don’t blame you. That song really hits those who are sensitive to these various issues and I have felt that way when I heard it. I actually didn’t know that about the song. Good on Abel Meeropol for having the humanity to write it.

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