Who Sang Strange Fruit? Abbey Lincoln

Abbey Lincoln A Tribute to Billie Holliday cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1989
length: 6:17
producer: Horst Weber
engineer: Richard Applegate
executive producer: Horst Weber
lyricist: Lewis Allan
composer: Lewis Allan
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.

CD 1
  • 1 What a Little Moonlight Can Do
  • 2 I Only Have Eyes for You
  • 3 Gloomy Sunday
  • 4 Crazy He Calls Me
  • 5 Strange Fruit
  • 6 Lover Man
  • 7 These Foolish Things
  • 8 I'll Be Seeing You
  • 9 Soul Eyes
  • 10 I'll Wind