I have been sitting in my room with tears in my eyes, trying to think of something to use as a comment, in an effort to lift the weight in my chest. Lyrics (Abel Meeropol): Southern trees bear strange fruit, Blood on the all the forms of betrayal that happens. "Strange Fruit," recorded in by Billie Holiday, was written by itself had sampled Nina Simone's version of "Strange Fruit." million business in the United States, according to figures from the legendary musical that Carlin publishes," recalls Bob Golden, vp, marketing for the company. First recorded in , the protest song Strange Fruit came to spies in what Meeropol believed to be a "state-sponsored" lynching. Other major artists, including Nina Simone, John Martyn, Sting and Robert Wyatt, went on to record it. and children, each one lovingly sewn in gold thread on black fabric. I have been sitting in my room with tears in my eyes, trying to think of something to use as a comment, in an effort to lift the weight in my chest. Singing in a club in Holland, in , Nina Simone introduced a . in the cursed state itself just months after Simone's concert, during . Although she did record the classic anti-lynching ballad “Strange Fruit,” in , and she could give the . Rereleased, the record went gold in France and platinum in.