Billie Holiday had one of the most easily identifiable voices in the history of recorded of music. It is a voice that, over the course of a year career and during the years since her tragic death at the age of just 44, has brought solace to millions with its serenity and soulfulness. But Holiday, known affectionately as "Lady Day," also had an impressive range when it came to the styles in which she sang, from blues to jazz to swing, and also in the subject matter that she was willing to tackle on record and in live performance. There are many contenders for the title of best Billie Holiday song. But perhaps the most timeless are those that dealt with the realities of race prejudice in America, songs that still reverberate with astonishing power when played for audiences today.
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- Southern Trees Bear Strange Fruit
- The Tragic Story Behind Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit"
- The Tragic Meaning Behind Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit'
- Perspective: The strange fruit of Good Friday
- Strange Fruit (song)
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- Annie Lennox - Strange Fruit Lyrics
Southern Trees Bear Strange Fruit
What a rendition of this song. Annie Lennox is an artist and activist as well. She understands injustice and sufferings of people. That's why she sings so well here. Respect the lady here. After Nina and Mahalia sang this song I cant hear this. There is a deep emotion that they tap into that draws out certain words and phrases that Annie rolls over. She can sing it but there is so much emotion that needs to be projected that she isnt tapping into.
She is a great Artist and noble Soul. It s just that after Nina Simone it doesn't make any sense to try to add something to this revelation of crime against humanity. I hope Mrs Lennox will remember, Southern men don't need her around 'em anyhow. Very emotional and respectful performance with the saddest accompanying music I've ever heard. A tribute to black Americans and to Lennox herself.
Anyone else came here because of an orange guy claiming he is being lynched? Haunting Song, Sad and chilling. Annie has done an awesome job and made the queen Ms Billie Holiday Proud.
If you didn't know or understand the words it must sound very emotional but also beautiful. But as we all do know and understand the words, it's very disturbing like a horror story because, of course, it was.
My 19 yr old son asked if I had heard of the song by Billie Holiday and I hadn't so I watched that video first. She did an excellent job for such a horrendous poem with beautiful music. It's like the beauty of the music and voice doesn't fit the poem. It rattled me. If you knew anything about how much of an advocate Annie Lennox is for human rights and equality, you wouldn't be able to conceive of complaining about her singing this song or her choice of words in talking about it.
She's done more in her fight against racism and human oppression thanLearn to recognize allies when they show themselves to you. My people still enter the gutter, sewages without any proper protection and government doesn't give them proper equipment because they dont think their life is that important..
A lower caste person was killed in because he was riding a horse on his wedding day.. Just want all this to end. Annie Lennox did her grace; but, I think Billie Holiday did it best. This song was a period piece that no one today can replicate. It was a mistake that Annie performed this song about lynchings in the South of America as an English white woman. It is incredibly disrespectful.
One-quarter of those lynched in the South were white. Hanging was a common form of public execution. Most of the black men hanging in those photos were guilty of heinous crimes such as murder and rape. The rest deserved what they got. History has lots of gray, best remove your binary goggles if you want the truth. But most of you will just continue to believe your fantasy narratives. Nice rendition. My favorite is still Nina Simone with images from the movie: Birth of a Nation.
Meh, don't care for her take on the song. To my mind she lacks the breath of experience to give the song soul. I may just be out of touch and zero experience with anything at all coming out of your have is ok as long as it sounds nice. Isn't saying that Annie Lenox has no right to sing this song a demonstration of the very sort of racism it depicts?
Do you haters even see the irony in your words? This is just travesty I see a lot of black people in the comments complaining about her choosing this song to cover Would you like us to stop spreading awareness on this issue?
Cuz we will,nothing ever pleases you so we're sick and fucking tired of playing this game. While Nina and Billie both did amazing jobs and I will never get over their versions, Annie's seems angrier rather than sad and it gives me a whole new level of goosebumps. Simply Amazing. I just listened to the versions by Nina Simone and Billie Holiday.
In my modest opinion this is the best rendition. Now take that attitude and challenge black America on their attitude to gays and transgendered people who are black.
Musical Goddess still knocking it out of the park after all these years. Beautiful rendition of a heartbreaking song. But there was no soul or pain in it, because she doesn't really feel the hurt. Every time I have heard this song it makes me cry. I feel the pain that my Grandparents and great Grandparents went through..
Except this time.. I have no clue why people are so upset over her singing this song. I can tell she did not approach this song lightly and gave it her full respect and skill. Her voice and vocal range covered it beautifully. Artistically, Billy Holiday would have been pleased.
I think some of you folks are missing the point. Yes, the song is most definitely about the African American experience, but it sounds like we're getting into an argument here about who's pain is worse. It is sad to see people arguing about this. Pain is pain, the foundation of compassion is the ability to not only relate to another person's pain but make it your own.
I am African American, but it seems silly to me to get angry about Ms. Lennox relating to the pain of others who are not African American. If you have ever been oppressed for being other, then no matter what your ethnicity, you can relate to this song.
The most you can get is empathy. But there will never be a full understanding of the true pain endured. I only wished that more non-blacks empathized with the struggle. That's true. The only people who could possibly feel all of the pain and fear of the event that inspired this song are the two young black men who were lynched. But, I think you do a great disservice to the struggle for equality by anyone when you denigrate the effort of those who do empathize. We can't achieve equality for any group by limiting its struggle to itself.
Sort of defeats the purpose, doesn't it? I want to sing this song, but it just doesn't feel right. As a white american born in the , it just feels like this song should be left alone. I wouldn't be able to put the true emotion into it as others.
Still, this song is hauntingly beautiful, and it shows how america was and still is. Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith were two African American men who were lynched on August 7, , in Marion, Indiana, after being taken from jail and beaten by a mob.
I love Annie, but pain and soul are missing from this cover. Not being rude Ik people don't like this This song is extremely strong. I think she did an amazing job. The surrounding culture sometimes makes it impossible for an innocent man to get a fair hearing. When bloodthirsty people are ready to pounce, all it takes is an accusation. Listened to the original song in class. I was able to figure out what the metaphor behind it was and I'm actually very in love with these lyrics; they're very deep and meaningful.
I like this cover of the song because it's simple, doesn't stray too far from the original and her voice is so damn beautiful. All people have been slaves at one time or another.
Black and white yellow and brown it just some were a really long time ago and I guess that doesn't count though and most not in America. Southern trees Bearing strange fruit Blood on the leaves And blood at the roots Black bodies Swinging in the southern breeze Strange fruit hangin' From the poplar trees Pastoral scene Of the gallant south Them big bulging eyes And the twisted mouth Scent of magnolia Clean 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 leaves to drop Here is Strange and bitter crop.
She does this song justice and remember during the civil rights movement whites were killed also, underground railroad they put their lives on the line.
Thus saith the Lord God;. Never mind race this song is absolutely haunting.
The Tragic Story Behind Billie Holiday's "Strange Fruit"
The lyrics were drawn from a poem by Meeropol published inThe song protests the lynching of Black Americans with lyrics that compare the victims to the fruit of trees. Such lynchings had reached a peak in the Southern United States at the turn of the 20th century, and the great majority of victims were black. Meeropol set his lyrics to music with his wife and the singer Laura Duncan and performed it as a protest song in New York City venues in the late s, including Madison Square Garden. Holiday's version was inducted into the Grammy Hall of Fame inIn , "Strange Fruit" was selected for preservation in the National Recording Registry by the Library of Congress  as being "culturally, historically or aesthetically significant". First performed by Meeropol's wife and their friends in social contexts,  his protest song gained a certain success in and around New York.
“Southern trees bear a strange fruit/ Blood on the leaves and blood at the root/ Black bodies swayin' in the Southern breeze/ Strange fruit.
The Tragic Meaning Behind Billie Holiday's 'Strange Fruit'
Perspective: The strange fruit of Good Friday
Abel Meeropol was his name, a first generation Jewish New Yorker who worked as a teacher, union activist, lyricist, and screenwriter. He was also a Communist Party member at a time when the party was one of the few white-dominated organizations campaigning for civil rights. Although African-Americans had long campaigned against the barbarities of lynching, shockingly few white Americans outside the South paid much attention. Meanwhile, Southern representatives in Congress guaranteed there would never be a federal anti-lynching bill Congress would eventually apologize for that. Lynching was the ultimate expression of the extrajudicial enforcement of segregation: large crowds, sometimes including whole families, would celebrate torture and murder, castrations and other mutilations, as burnt and dismembered body parts were passed around as trophies and sometimes even put on display in store windows.
Southern trees bear a strange fruit, Blood on the leaves and blood at the root, Black body 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 magnolia sweet and fresh, And the sudden smell of burning flesh!
Strange Fruit (song)
Read the introduction here , part two here and part three here. Every other Tuesday through mid-May, look for new posts from Martin Zimmann on this topic. Southern trees bear a strange fruit. Blood on the leaves and blood at the root. Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze.
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 a tree to drop Here is a strange and bitter crop. The saga brings us face-to-face with the terror of lynching as it spotlights the courage and heroism of those who fought for racial justice when to do so was to risk ostracism and livelihood if white—and death if black. It examines the history of lynching, and the interplay of race, labor, the left and popular culture that would give rise to the Civil Rights movement. Disturbed by a photograph of a lynching, the teacher wrote the stark verse and brooding melody under the pseudonym Lewis Allan in the late s. Meeropol and his wife Anne are also notable because they adopted Robert and Michael Rosenberg, the orphaned children of the executed communists Julius and Ethel Rosenberg. Both sons are featured in the program.
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Annie Lennox - Strange Fruit Lyrics
The case of the Jena Six was precipitated by several other events. One of them being nooses hung from a tree, a prank many called it was rooted in something much darker. Andrew Haag, a Wilmington College theater major and an ensemble of six students will tell this story in a staged reading as apart of the directing class final project. Haag amd his cast have based their staged reading on a manuscript written by Domoniquee Morisseau.RELATED VIDEO: Billie Holiday -
Though Holiday's renditions made this anti-lynching song famous, it was written by Abel Meeropol using his pseudonym "Lewis Allen". Defense and Support : Building blocks for the O. Seek both within yourself, and so you recognize them and know their place, you are come to the highest rung of the 12 step ladder. Through this will the Divine-Love be awoken that does not have a place in the twisted minds of men, but dwells in his heart, from which the salvational current will be born which gives us the vision of the eternal light and annihilates all falsity. The Nuts of Knowledge Context: For sure the enchanted waters pour through every wind that blows. I think when night towers up aloft and shakes the trembling dew How every high and lonely thought that thrills my being through Is but a ruddy berry dropped down through the purple air, And from the magic tree of life the fruit falls everywhere.
Read the Review. But Holiday was to recall that even there, she was afraid to sing this new song, a song that tackled racial hatred head-on at a time when protest music was all but unknown, and regretted it—at least momentarily—when she first did.
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