Strange Fruit Lyrics

Billie Holiday


publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc., Universal Music Publishing Group
writers: Dwayne P. Wiggins, Maurice Pearl, Lewis Allan
album: Track 2 in album Jazz at the Philharmonic
release date: 1954
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length: 2:55

Cover Art

Billie Holiday Jazz at the Philharmonic cover art
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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


Track Listing


10" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Body and Soul
  • 2 Strange Fruit
  • 3 Travelin' Light
  • 4 He's Funny That Way
  • 5 The Man I Love
  • 6 Gee Baby Ain't I Good to You
  • 7 All of Me
  • 8 Billie's Blues