CATALIJNE covers ✧ Strange Fruit

”Strange Fruit  Such a beautiful, grasping, suffocating, honest, heartfelt song and story to pass along. Abel Meeropol’s poem and Billie Holiday’s performance kept history alive with this piece of art.
For those who don’t know this song and the story behind it, please, please read below. It’s not an easy listening song. It’s a heartfelt story.
For me personally? It’s their story, but even so, a general story about power, inequality and injustice which we still face today. Why? Why not live together, as equals, as friends, in harmony…
I just can’t get my mind around that.
Do you?”


“Strange Fruit” was originated as a poem written by Jewish-American writer, teacher and songwriter Abel Meeropol, under his pseudonym Lewis Allan, as a protest against lynchings. In the poem, Meeropol expressed his horror at lynchings, inspired by Lawrence Beitler’s photograph of the 1930 lynching of Thomas Shipp and Abram Smith in Marion, Indiana. He published the poem under the title “Bitter Fruit” in 1937 in The New York Teacher, a union magazine of the Teachers Union. Though Meeropol had asked others (notably Earl Robinson) to set his poems to music, he set “Strange Fruit” to music himself. His protest song gained a certain success in and around New York. Meeropol, his wife, and black vocalist Laura Duncan performed it at Madison Square Garden.- Wikipedia
✧ 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 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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Strange Fruit
Music & lyrics by Lewis Allen (Abel Meeropol)

Vocal arrangement by Catalijne
Additional Mix: Jasper Zuidervaart
Mastering: Wessel Oltheten
Picture: Richard Beukelaar