“Southern Trees Bear a Strange Fruit.”-Abel Meeropol


“Southern trees bear a 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.”-Abel Meeropol

8 thoughts on ““Southern Trees Bear a Strange Fruit.”-Abel Meeropol

  1. Thanks for stopping by Ourstorian earlier to let me know about your post of “Strange Fruit” and your wonderful blog.

    In addition to Billie Holiday’s incomparable version of the song, I thought about posting a recent live performance by jazz singer Dee Dee Bridgewater. But for some reason I changed my mind. I was not aware of the India Arie version. I think it’s great.

    I share with you a belief in the power of words and the power of books. I’ll definitely be back to take my time and savor the rich offerings from the heart, mind, and soul of Ilene.

    John C.

    • Thanks for visiting and commenting. I love Dee Dee Bridgewater! Yesterday, while waiting in dr.’s office, the TV in their waiting room had a wonderful duet of “God Bless the Child” by Tony Bennett and Billie Holiday! I don’t think it’s on his “duet” albums, so when I got home, I found it on YouTube. It’s beautiful!!!!!! Yes, words are very, very powerful! Thanks so much!

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