Strange Fruit is one of the first Anti Racism Songs.
Funnily enough I was watching an old episode of Touched by an Angel (which is not normally something I watch but hey nothing was on…and who doesn’t love Della Reese) and the story line included a flashback to Billie Holiday and the first time she sang this song. I’m not recommending you watch this…just letting you know what made me think of this song… I had to go look it up and now I am sharing it with you.
If you have never heard Billie Holiday you should listen to a selection of her work as it doesn’t matter the genre of music you like she has a beautiful, haunting, captivating voice.
“Gloomy Sunday” is one I can listen to repeatedly. There are other versions but damn she speaks to me.