This Bitter Earth  

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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel

"This Bitter Earth" is a 1960 song made famous by rhythm and blues singer Dinah Washington. Written and produced by Clyde Otis, it topped the U.S. R&B charts for the week of 25 July 1960 and also reached #24 on the U.S. pop charts. The song is a key piece in the 1977 film Killer of Sheep by director Charles Burnett. In 2009, Dinah Washington's voice was remixed with an orchestral piece, "On the Nature of Daylight" by Max Richter, for the Martin Scorsese film Shutter Island.

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