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Billie Holiday

She's an American Jazz singer and song writer.

Nicknamed Lady Day.

Her mucical partner and friend was Lester Young.

She was inspired by Jazz instrumentalists.

Born on Apr 07, 1915. Died Jul 17, 1959 (age 44)

Married to Louis McKay (1957 - 1959). Jimmy Monroe (1941 - 1947).

Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday

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

"Black bodies swinging in the Southern breeze"

This line talks about African Americans being hanged in the South in the 1930's.

"Then the sudden smell of burning flesh"

These lyrics are saying the South looks all nice and stuff but it's really a place of death with people being burned.

"Here is a strange and bitter crop"

The crop is a pile of dead African American bodies.


The main issue is African Americans being killed in the South.

It's in the 1930's.

I agree with the message because African Americans weren't seen as equals by everyone yet. This song was important at the time so people would know what was happening in the South.

I think the song did make an impact in that era since Jazz was a popular thing and she was a famous Jazz artist.

Billie Holiday Strange Fruit