Lyric Of The Week: Billie Holiday, “Strange Fruit”
Some songwriters write for an entire lifetime and never see much success, or never have their work publicly acknowledged, good as it may be. And then there are writers who seem to just be in the right place at the right time, who haven’t put all that much elbow grease into it but still hit the jackpot when a song they wrote, or co-wrote, makes them a million bucks.
And then there’s the one-in-a-billion anomaly of someone who’s not really known as a songwriter or musician at all writing something that becomes one of the greatest songs in recorded history, a piece of music that Time magazine called “The Song of the (20th) Century.” That piece of music is “Strange Fruit.”
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