Annie Lennox - Strange Fruit Lyrics

Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swingin' in the Southern breeze
Strange fruit hangin' from the poplar trees

Pastoral scene of the gallant South
The bulgin' eyes and the twisted mouth
Scent of magnolias sweet and fresh
Then the sudden smell of burnin' flesh

Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck
For the sun to rot, for the tree to drop
Here is a strange and bitter crop

Southern trees bear a strange fruit
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root
Black bodies swingin' in the Southern breeze
Strange fruit hangin' from the poplar trees

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  1. Loon Wong

    What a rendition of this song. Annie Lennox is an artist and activist as well. She understands injustice and sufferings of people. That's why she sings so well here. Respect the lady here.

  2. PSC4 Musique

    A call to fight for human rights and against racism: Strange fruit(s)

  3. Roger Dubois

    Jo Mccarthy vs communiste

  4. Angela Scott

    After Nina and Mahalia sang this song I cant hear this. There is a deep emotion that they tap into that draws out certain words and phrases that Annie rolls over.
    She can sing it but there is so much emotion that needs to be projected that she isnt tapping into.

  5. LeIda Love

    Just wow. She sang this with such power and yet very graceful!

  6. Tosinger Actress & Singer

    Thank you

  7. david vetter

    She is a great Artist and noble Soul.
    It s just that after Nina Simone it doesn't make any sense to try to add something to this revelation of crime against humanity.

  8. Miglior Store

    I hope Mrs Lennox will remember,
    Southern men don't need her around 'em anyhow.

  9. Aaackermann

    Holy Smoke!

  10. Melinda Mullins

    Beautiful rendition of such an incredible song music heals 🎼🎶🎵🎵🎵🎵🎵🎶🎶🎶🎶🎼🎼🎼🎼

  11. thuza lopez

    Acho que I put spell on you é de Annie . Ninguém a interpreta melhor que ela . Assim como Strange Fruit é de Billie Holiday . Ninguém interpreta melhor !

  12. Aaron Espinoza

    You Go-Rilla

  13. Margaret Handasyde

    Very emotional and respectful performance with the saddest accompanying music I've ever heard. A tribute to black Americans and to Lennox herself.

  14. Collection Affection

    Beautiful cover

  15. Argument from Ignorance

    Anyone else came here because of an orange guy claiming he is being lynched?

  16. Tammy Wolfe

    Haunting Song, Sad and chilling. Annie has done an awesome job and made the queen Ms Billie Holiday Proud.

  17. Vanessa McKibben

    Annie Lennox is an AMAZING singer. If you didn't know or understand the words it must sound very emotional but also beautiful. But as we all do know and understand the words, it's very disturbing like a horror story (because, of course, it was). My 19 yr old son asked if I had heard of the song by Billie Holiday and I hadn't so I watched that video first. She did an excellent job for such a horrendous poem with beautiful music. It's like the beauty of the music and voice doesn't fit the poem. It rattled me.

  18. S Camachoa

    outhern 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 crop

  19. chironapolonio

    That VOICE

  20. Six Wings

    If you knew anything about how much of an advocate Annie Lennox is for human rights and equality, you wouldn't be able to conceive of complaining about her singing this song or her choice of words in talking about it.

    She's done more in her fight against racism and human oppression than 99.99% of you complainers.

    Learn to recognize allies when they show themselves to you.

  21. Ray B

    As a person from lower caste community in India, i can relate so much to black community because our people face the same struggles even today, this type of incidents, discrimination (honor killings) still happen in rural(66%) areas and people act like discrimination doesn't exist.. especially people in cities act like it's all sunshine and roses everywhere just because they see it that way from where they are.
    My people still enter the gutter, sewages without any proper protection and government doesn't give them proper equipment because they dont think their life is that important.. their families also face health problems because of that..
    A lower caste person was killed in because he was riding a horse on his wedding day.. sickens me 😓
    this is just few of the problems..
    Just want all this to end.
    p.s Am not saying all upper caste/white people are bad I have many friends and they are nice its just some percentage who have sick mentality of discrimination

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  23. Kai Geddes

    Annie Lennox did her grace; but, I think Billie Holiday did it best. This song was a period piece that no one today can replicate. It was a mistake that Annie performed this song about lynchings in the South of America as an English (white) woman. It is incredibly disrespectful.

  24. Eddie wilks

    I’m sorry this just doesn’t feel right, white guy wrote it ok point taken just feels for lack of a better word strange

  25. Winston Smith

    One-quarter of those lynched in the South were white. Hanging was a common form of public execution. Most of the black men hanging in those photos were guilty of heinous crimes such as murder and rape. And some, approximately 25%, were hung on ginned up charges, and for them, I feel very sorry. The rest deserved what they got. History has lots of gray, best remove your binary goggles if you want the truth. But most of you will just continue to believe your fantasy narratives.

  26. Rik Bison

    Nice rendition. My favorite is still Nina Simone with images from the movie: Birth of a Nation.

  27. Mitchstormer

    ...just fuckin wow!

  28. latosha adams

    Wow sing .love it

  29. Kellett781

    Meh, don't care for her take on the song. To my mind she lacks the breath of experience to give the song soul. I may just be out of touch and zero experience with anything at all coming out of your have is ok as long as it sounds nice.

  30. carterbroadway39

    Liberal trees bear stranger fruit as abortion doctors slaugter children TODAY...NOW...HERE...NOW...TODAY....feminist love of choice for themselves only....

  31. veronica Alleyne

    Annie's voice is like a warm embrace & her respect for the material comes through so strongly for me in her rendition, handled as gently as a baby bird, than you, Annie I am made better just for having heard you sing in my lifetime

  32. Siera Bobby

    Girl bye

  33. coda creator

    Isn't saying that Annie Lenox has no right to sing this song a demonstration of the very sort of racism it depicts? Do you haters even see the irony in your words?

    Blake Timbs

    coda creator She certainly have the legal right to sing it even if she’s absolutely not legitimate because that’s not her people suffering. This is just travesty...

  34. Shade YT

    She sang this song good but Billie sang it better



    Countess' Slave


  36. Oh so you're a wrestler now

    I see a lot of black people in the comments complaining about her choosing this song to cover

    Would you like us to stop spreading awareness on this issue? Cuz we will,nothing ever pleases you so we're sick and fucking tired of playing this game

  37. carterbroadway39

    I love annie lennox! What a woman! I continue to be amazed!!!!

  38. Nadia Fread

    While Nina and Billie both did amazing jobs and I will never get over their versions, Annie's seems angrier rather than sad and it gives me a whole new level of goosebumps.

  39. Nuri Akbudak

    Un travail NOT reussit . C est tout .

  40. Negroham The Poet

    Amazing! Simply Amazing. I just listened to the versions by Nina Simone and Billie Holiday. In my modest opinion this is the best rendition.

  41. zeal tracey

    im shure there were many white people who hated slavery with a passion. some were even silenced and killed for helping black people. i loved that she did this.

  42. Gustav Gnöttgen

    Swan Lady!
    Hard topic... Hard voice too

  43. Noniko Noniko

    she is obviously a great singer and sang this song very well. also i don’t agree she doesn’t have a right to sing it just because she’s white. however her voice doesn’t and NEVER will have the same pain in it as billie or nina had. Don’t pretend you don’t get the context of it! white people may feel sympathetic but it’s not the same as to have the pain of being lynched, being segregated, being scared allways being Black in America.


    Now take that attitude and challenge black America on their attitude to gays and transgendered people who are black.

  44. dk black

    Musical Goddess still knocking it out of the park after all these years. Beautiful rendition of a heartbreaking song.

  45. Dolo Irrutia Fernando

    Mi hija está estudiando un año en USA y desde Europa jamás pensamos que allí existía tanto racismo. Ella está decepcionada con el país y su gente y nosotros deseando que regrese

  46. Sabra Kerr

    she song it well... But there was no soul or pain in it, because she doesn't really feel the hurt. Every time I have heard this song it makes me cry. I feel the pain that my Grandparents and great Grandparents went through.. Except this time..

  47. Gab & Music

    This had me crying.

  48. Alexander Chavez-Sanchez

    I have no clue why people are so upset over her singing this song. it was originally written by a white jewish man

  49. Bohemian Soul

    This is a VERY touchy/sentimental song for my people. I can tell she did not approach this song lightly and gave it her full respect and skill. Her voice and vocal range covered it beautifully. Artistically, Billy Holiday would have been pleased.

  50. Paul Dreyfuss

    Listen to Billie Holiday sing this.

  51. Sabrina Xero

    Listen..... she has soul

  52. Not Urbiz

    This song is extremely haunting. Whether Annie sings it or Billy Holiday.

  53. Sheridan Honore

    I think some of you folks are missing the point. Yes, the song is most definitely about the African American experience, but it sounds like we're getting into an argument here about who's pain is worse. It is sad to see people arguing about this. Pain is pain, the foundation of compassion is the ability to not only relate to another person's pain but make it your own. I am African American, but it seems silly to me to get angry about Ms. Lennox relating to the pain of others who are not African American. If you have ever been oppressed for being other, then no matter what your ethnicity, you can relate to this song.

    Shayna Rodericks

    Beautifully said, Sheridan Honore!!!

  54. simondancer

    A gobsmacking singer. I have always been in complete awe of her.

  55. May May

    The most you can get is empathy. But there will never be a full understanding of the true pain endured. I only wished that more non-blacks empathized with the struggle.

    coda creator

    That's true. The only people who could possibly feel all of the pain and fear of the event that inspired this song are the two young black men who were lynched. But, I think you do a great disservice to the struggle for equality by anyone when you denigrate the effort of those who do empathize. We can't achieve equality for any group by limiting its struggle to itself. Sort of defeats the purpose, doesn't it?

  56. Peach Lemonade

    I want to sing this song, but it just doesn't feel right. As a white american born in the 2000, it just feels like this song should be left alone. I wouldn't be able to put the true emotion into it as others. Still, this song is hauntingly beautiful, and it shows how america was and still is.

  57. The End Begins

    I can't lie when I SAW a white women was singing this song, I felt some kind of way than I LISTENED to her soul and it was beautifully done.

  58. sidney pasquarelli

    One of the best female singers of all time! Seen her at a great show!

  59. Izatora Kamisho

    Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith were two African American men who were lynched on August 7, 1930, in Marion, Indiana, after being taken from jail and beaten by a mob. The photo of the lynching was the inspiration for the poem “Strange Fruit” which was later put to song and popularized by Billy Holiday.

    When Abel Meeropol, a Jewish schoolteacher from New York saw a copy of the photo of the Shipp-Smith lynching in a magazine, it so “haunted” him that he penned a poem “Bitter Fruit”. It was published in 1937 before being set to music, and renamed as “Strange Fruit”. THE SONG WOULD BECOME AN EARLY ANTHEM FOR THE CIVIL RIGHTS MOVEMENT. So yeah, this music is UNIVERSAL.

  60. Danger Ross

    She cant even sing it hahahahaha

  61. Danger Ross

    She got paid for this...this isnt a "song" its wayyy more


    Danger Ross yeah and I’m sure Billie got a big pay day for when she sung it.

  62. ComeAtMeBro

    I love Annie, but pain and soul are missing from this cover. This is the first time I heard the song and actually didn’t cry or tear up. I couldn’t feel it. Not being rude... just didn’t feel anything.

  63. Halliwellsson

    The best song from "Nostalgia".. get the chills..

  64. Alexis Green

    Ik people don't like this...but Annie lennox is an amazing voice when mimicking Holiday. This song is extremely strong. I think she did an amazing job

  65. Judith Buchanan

    A gorgeous rendition of this poignant song. Hauntingly beautiful!

  66. Amos Pressley

    The surrounding culture sometimes makes it impossible for an innocent man to get a fair hearing. When bloodthirsty people are ready to pounce, all it takes is an accusation.

  67. Kloncey

    Listened to the original song in class. I was able to figure out what the metaphor behind it was and I'm actually very in love with these lyrics; they're very deep and meaningful. I like this cover of the song because it's simple, doesn't stray too far from the original and her voice is so damn beautiful.

  68. D Young

    All people have been slaves at one time or another. Black and white yellow and brown it just some were a really long time ago and I guess that doesn't count though and most not in America.

  69. MissingOrchid

    Kanye West

  70. Raven Kemper

    Southern trees
    Bearing strange fruit
    Blood on the leaves
    And blood at the roots
    Black bodies
    Swinging in the southern breeze
    Strange fruit hangin'
    From the poplar trees
    Pastoral scene
    Of the gallant south
    Them big bulging eyes
    And the twisted mouth
    Scent of magnolia
    Clean and fresh
    Then the sudden smell
    Of burnin' flesh
    Here is a fruit
    For the crows to pluck
    For the rain to gather
    For the wind to suck
    For the sun to rot
    For the leaves to drop
    Here is
    Strange and bitter crop

  71. Robert Cook

    She is talking about the Jewish domination of the slave trade.

  72. Ian McGregor

    All the colours of the racist rainbow here in the comments. Sad.

  73. NSNLS Studio

    Disrespectful if you ask me don't get paid off of Hall of Pain

  74. thingsthatwow

    She does this song justice and remember during the civil rights movement whites were killed also, underground railroad they put their lives on the line

  75. Madi H

    2 Esdras 15:21
    [21]Like as they do yet this day unto my chosen, so will I do also, and recompense in their bosom. Thus saith the Lord God;

  76. James The Wolf

    Damn... Get it Annie..

  77. Yvonce'

    Why is she singing this song. So disrespectful.

    boo you whore

    Yvonce' there isn’t anything disrespectful about a white person singing this song.

  78. xleila.singsx

    annie did this song justice. She doesnt HAVE to be black to be empathetic.

  79. ethan trincanato

    it's a verry good femme euhh woomen

  80. ethan trincanato

    ich bin french

  81. ethan trincanato

    i don't like your song
    i dislike you forever smake !!!!

  82. Ahmed Zghal

    Très belle version.

  83. Uniquely Crafted

    My first time hearing her voice. Chills

  84. Rebecca Cooke

    Never mind race this song is absolutely haunting. I first heard this at school whilst studying books such as roll of thunder and it was the Nina Simone version I was blown away!

  85. AnitaWatersWaters A

    She is wonderful.

  86. Jahred Splitfoot

    The writer of the song, Abel Meerpol, was a white Jewish guy from the Bronx. So those "informed" souls rambling on about how a white person "isn't allowed" to sing it might want to educate themselves. The message isn't any less potent, no matter who sings it...or maybe you approve of segregation.

  87. Peters Lucinda

    Beautiful. empathetic..

  88. natkatmac

    We are all brothers and sisters. This is a great cover.

  89. Heather Johnson

    So hauntingly beautiful, Annie Lennox can seriously belt one out. this song contains a message on lynching in the south during the 1870s all the way through to the 1950s and it doesn't matter who sings it, she does this song justice. such an amazing voice.

  90. Unicum

    Those , who have a problem with Annie singing this song, should know that it was written by a White teacher, a descendant of Russian Jewish immigrants to the USA, Abel Meeropol.

  91. Jane Goodnut

    This just sounds stupid, she has no right to sing this song, she has ruined it and is so arrogant and knows nothing about the history of this song.

  92. Rejoice and Praise Jesus Christ, King of kings!

    A Jewish Caucasian man wrote the poem that became the song ‘Strange Fruit’. He wrote it to express his horror at the lynching of Black Americans. If a white man wrote it then why comment negatively about a white person singing it? White people can’t change who our ancestors are nor what atrocities they committed. We can however make a conscious choice to fight for the equality of all people and teach our children to do the same to ensure our ancestors’ ignorance isn’t repeated.

  93. Sascha Shám

    What is with all the hate here? I don't understand. Just because she's white she can't bring awareness to horrible pasts? Having more people, and legends like Lennox, cover this song, will ensure that these horrible past events will never be forgotten. Isn't that a good thing? Making sure people know. Feeling what others felt back then. It's baffeling to me that so many people are talking about her not being able to do this song complete justice because of her race. Yes, my avatar is a picture of me. I'm white, so what do I know, right?

  94. Gareth Harris

    LYRICS: Strange Fruit
    Southern trees bear strange fruit
    Blood on the leaves
    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
    The scent of magnolia sweet and fresh
    Then the sudden smell of burning flesh
    Here is a fruit for the crows to pluck
    for the rain to gather
    for the wind to suck
    for the sun to rot
    for the tree to drop
    Here is a strange and bitter crop
      -- Composed by Abel Meeropol (aka Lewis Allan)

  95. F. B.

    I don't like Annie Lennox's version. Where's the anguish? There's a flatness to the way she sings it. In spots it actually sounds beautiful - it's not a beautiful song though. It's a song about anguish and horror. If should touch your heart with its pain. This version doesn't. Listen to Billie Holiday's live version for comparison to this one.

  96. Robert Kallfelz

    sorry but this song is for black singers without vocal and musical acrobatics

  97. Vegan Atheist- Coral

    It's important to use the platforms we have to put a spotlight on things like this. Such a chilling song. My favorite will always be Billie Holiday, but Annie Lennox opens the conversation to new ears. #MusicConnectsUs