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Strange Fruit

Billie Holiday
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STRANGE FRUITETRANGE FRUIT
  
Southern trees bear strange fruit,Les arbres du Sud portent un étrange fruit,
Blood on the leaves and blood at the root,Du sang sur les feuilles, du sang aux racines,
Black bodies swinging in the southern breeze,Un corps noir se balançant dans la brise du Sud,
Strange fruit hanging from the poplar trees.Etrange fruit pendant aux peupliers.
  
Pastoral scene of the gallant south,Scène pastorale du "vaillant Sud",
The bulging eyes and the twisted mouth,Les yeux exorbités et la bouche tordue,
Scent of magnolias, sweet and fresh,Parfum du magnolia doux et frais,
Then the sudden smell of burning flesh.Puis la soudaine odeur de chair brûlée.
  
Here is fruit for the crows to pluck,Fruit à déchiqueter pour les corbeaux,
For the rain to gather, for the wind to suck,Pour la pluie à récolter, pour le vent à assécher,
For the sun to rot, for the trees to drop,Pour le soleil à mûrir, pour les arbres à perdre,
Here is a strange and bitter crop.Etrange et amère récolte.


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