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Strange Fruit, a protest song by Billie Holiday

Eléonore La Fay et Ludivine Piron

SOMMARY

Presentation of the song

The lyrics

Video

Impact

The message

The context

Strange Fruit by Billie Holiday, live 1959

Video

https://youtu.be/-DGY9HvChXk

PRESENTATION OF THE SONG

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  • BILLIE HOLIDAY
  • A POEM BY ABEL MEEROPOL
  • SANG BY BILLIE HOLIDAY FOR THE FIRST TIME IN 1939

The 7th of august 1930 Indiana, Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith hanged.

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Abel Meeropol

THE CONTEXT

  • 1865
  • SEGREGATION IN USA
  • BLACK PEOPLE LYNCHED
  • KU KLUX KLAN
  • JIM CROW'S LAWS (-> 1964)

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-in this photo, there are one side for "White" and one side for "Colored"

Klu Klux Klan's member

ANALYSIS

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  • a quatrain
  • rhymes
  • figures of speech

THE LYRICS

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 the 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.

Les arbres du sud portent un fruit étrange.

Du sang sur les feuilles, du sang sur les racines,
Un corps noir se balançant dans la brise du Sud. Etrange fruit pendant aux peupliers.

Scène pastorale du vaillant Sud.
Les yeux exorbités et la bouche tordue,
Parfum de magnolias, doux et frais.
Puis une odeur soudaine de chair brûlée.

Voici un fruit à picorer par les corbeaux
Que la pluie fait pousser, que le vent assèche.
Pourri par le soleil, il tombera de l’arbre.
Voilà une étrange et amère récolte !

THE MESSAGE

-condemns the descrimination
-lynchings
-message anti-racism for all the USA.

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THE IMPACT

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  • Anthem of anti-lynching movement
  • Civil Right Movement
  • Pleace for Dignity and Justice