"Strange Fruit (Billie Holiday cover)" as written by Dwayne P. Wiggins, Maurice Pearl and 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 cry

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    General CommentWow, I never knew Siouxsie did this song. It is a cover, by Billie Holiday.
    We did a poetry unit in English class this year, and we analized this poem/song. Fantastic.
    Loveless333on February 04, 2007   Link
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    General CommentSEVERIN: "I don't think Siouxsie had heard Billie Holiday before we listened to 'Strange Fruit'. And I think that anyone can sing a protest song. But what interested us most about 'Strange Fruit' was the fact that originally there was no set music, what with it being based on an old poem." Source: NME 21/03/87.

    SEVERIN: " 'Strange Fruit' was Carruthers' idea, though I thought we should add a New Orleans funeral march in the middle." Source: The Authorised Biography 2002.
    JJKelsallon December 01, 2012   Link

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