Ode to Billy Joe – Bobby Gentry

I wrote this for my other blog, but since it is a post of gratitude and appreciation to an artist for a splendid creation, I thought it belonged here, too.
Tony

Willing Wheeling

I have Sirius Satellite Radio in my car and my presets include music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s. On a recent ride, Ode to Billie Joe came on and I found myself haunted by the writing as well as being transported by the eerie music backing it. I was really happy to learn that Bobbie Gentry, the singer, wrote it and this was her debut recording.

Although it was created just short of 50 years ago, I doubt that any current readers are not familiar with the song.

Here is the first verse:
It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day
I was out choppin’ cotton and my brother was balin’ hay
And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat
And Mama hollered out the back door “y’all remember to wipe your feet”
And then she said “I got some…

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2 responses to “Ode to Billy Joe – Bobby Gentry

  1. Hello, i think that i saw you visited my blog so i came to “return the favor”.
    I’m attempting to find things to improve my website!I suppose its ok to use some of your ideas!!

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    • kadad

      HI, Doris –

      The way it works is you can ‘reblog’ items, or you can quote and cite my blog as the source. It is customary to give a link back to the original source.

      I have been doing this for a couple of years now and would be happy to help you. Feel free to ask!

      Tony

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