Strange Fruit

November 22, 2008

SSA. Lyrics by Lewis Allan (Abel Meeropol). Haunting arrangement based on a 1990s version by Siouxsie and the Banshees. Very different and more lyrical arrangement from Billie Holiday’s classic rendition, dispensing entirely with the original melody as written by Sonny White. It’s almost a lullabye with nightmarish bits suddenly emerging.


Ah, Thou Night

November 22, 2008

SSA. Russian folksong probably written around 1900. Sad song about a woman who is an orphan, all alone in the world except for her love, but alas they don’t get along very well. Slavic love angst! Russian transliteration.