Southern trees bare 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.These poignant words were written in the late 30's by liberal, Jewish, New York educator Abel Meeropol (under the name of Lewis Allan) as a song to protest one of the worst examples of human behavior - the lynch mob. In 1939, singer Billy Holiday recorded these words in what would become her signature piece until the end of her all-too-brief life. With strange fruit it could be argued that billie holiday was the first protest singer of modern times, the song is a deep and powerful interpretation of these dark and tragic stains on humanity. Never has a song been sung with such passion and ease that makes even the most dim-witted hick able to grasp the meaning.
Tricky has managed somehow to add an extra darkness that excenuates the true horror of the bodies swinging in the trees in what surely must be one of the most brutal times in the history of mankind which is really saying something when you take everything into consideration. Everytime I listen to this track I get a cold shiver that shoots through my body as the lyrics combine with the coldness and honesty of Billie's voice that burns mental images in to your soul and makes you wear them like a scar. To buy this track please click along with many others then you can click here.