Billie Holiday – Strange Fruit

Jazz singer Billie Holiday (1915-1959) first recorded this song in 1939. It expresses the sad horror of lynchings of African Americans. The lyrics, written by a teacher, are painful: that a person hanging from a tree is like a “strange and bitter crop,” but also poetic: hopefully an eternal reminder of how terrible is racism such that Time Magazine called this the song of the century in 1999.

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