Exclusive - Andra Day - "Strange Fruit"

Extended - August 23, 2017 - Andra Day & Bryan Stevenson 08/23/2017 Views: 8,770

Singer and activist Andra Day performs her version of "Strange Fruit," a song made famous by Billie Holiday. (5:34)

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please welcome Andra Day.

♪ Southern trees

♪ Bear strange fruit

♪ Blood on the leaves

♪ And blood at the root

♪ Black

♪ Black

♪ Black, 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 magnolia

♪ Sweet

♪ So sweet and fresh

♪ Then the sudden smell

♪ Of burning flesh

♪ Oh, Lord

♪ Oh, Lord, oh, Lord

♪ Oh, Lord

♪ Oh, Lord

(breathes raggedly)

♪ Here is a fruitfor the crows to pluck ♪

♪ For the wind to gather

♪ For the wind to suck

♪ For the sun to rot

♪ For the trees to drop

♪ Here is

♪ Here is

♪ Here is, here

♪ Here is, here is

♪ Here is a strange and bitter

♪ Bitter crop

(vocalizing)

(scatting)

♪ Such a strangeand bitter crop ♪

♪ Such a strangeand bitter crop. ♪

(cheering and applause)

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