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Title: Billie Holiday: the founding mother of jazz, on her 100th birthday
Post by: News on April 07, 2015, 07:09:44 AM
Adjectives such as "distinctive" and "authentic" just donít go far enough. No one could interpret a song like Billie Holiday. Her influence on jazz can still be heard and felt today - 100 years after she was born.
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Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit (

Billie Holiday Ė Strange Fruit Lyrics

Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swingin' in the Southern breeze
Strange fruit hangin' from the poplar trees

Pastoral scene of the gallant South
The bulgin' eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burnin' 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 the tree to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop