LFAS Jazz Combo presents “Strange Fruit”

March 13, 2013

Arts, Breaking News, Music, VIDEO

“Strange Fruit” was a poem written by a Jewish teacher, Abel Meeropol, and later sung by the famous African-American jazz singer, Billie Holiday, in 1939. The song expressed the horror of lynching of the African-American people throughout the 1900’s. While racism was still high in North America, “Strange Fruit” became a very well-known song, and it continues to portray the sad history of racism in the United States.

The LFAS Jazz Combo decided to perform this song as a social message against racism.

By Lily Jia

Vocalist: Juliana Loughin
Pianist: Tomiko Liu
Bassist: Deven Azevedo
Drummer: Ethan Honeywell

Here are the lyrics:

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.

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