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Stylistically this is completely different from what I want to do, but there's this mixture of heartbreak and strength in this song that feels familiar to me. If you read the lyrics, you will find that this is a very dark song about sweeping an affair under the rug. ▶ Billie Holiday - Don't explain - YouTube

Billie Holiday - Strange Fruit Rare Live Footage of one of the firtst anti rascism songs ever.http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=h4ZyuULy9zs

Billie Holiday: definitely a favorite of mine. I have no board that could encompass all of the amazingness that is Billie, however Crazy Coolness will have to do.

Billie Holiday by Roy DeCarava in the Photographs Dept.

Billie Holiday - All of me . . . All of me Why not take all of me Can't you see I'm no good without you Take my lips I want to lose them Take my arms I'll never use them Your goodbye left me with eyes that cry How can I go on dear, without you You took the part that once was my heart So why not take all of me

Don't threaten me with love, baby. Let's just go walking in the rain. ~ Billie Holiday / photo: herman leonard

Billie Holiday. A woman with a traumatic childhood, an unloving family and was forced into prostitution. She used her talent and sang her way to fame. Loved for her individual style and phrasing she became the queen of blues recognised for her signature mechalcholic ballads. Her life was cut short after several abusive husbands and an addiction to drugs. The worls has never been the same. #womenwhochangedtheworld