Listen to Bobbie Gentry Singing her Ode to Billie Joe
Bobbie Gentry wrote and recorded the wonderful song, Ode to Billie Joe, in 1967. We, at Mimi Berlin, can’t get enough of this 1960s not-your-average-country-&-western song. It’s about how daily life goes (on) in a little community in the south part of the USA. The way Bobbie Gentry performs is breathtaking.
Hope you like it too! xoxo
(Bobbie Gentry in 1967 Michael Ochs Archives/Getty Images via rollingstone.com)
(clip shared from FromTheBasement at youtube.com)
Read all about Bobby Gentry HERE at Rolling Stone Magazine online.
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 news this mornin’ from Choctaw Ridge”. “Today Billie Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge”. And Papa said to Mama as he passed around the blackeyed peas “Well, Billie Joe never had a lick of sense, pass the biscuits, please” “There’s five more acres in the lower forty I’ve got to plow” And Mama said it was shame about Billie Joe, anyhow Seems like nothin’ ever comes to no good up on Choctaw Ridge And now Billie Joe MacAllister’s jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge And Brother said he recollected when he and Tom and Billie Joe Put a frog down my back at the Carroll County picture show And wasn’t I talkin’ to him after church last Sunday night? “I’ll have another piece of apple pie, you know it don’t seem right” “I saw him at the sawmill yesterday on Choctaw Ridge” “And now you tell me Billie Joe’s jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge” And Mama said to me “Child, what’s happened to your appetite?” “I’ve been cookin’ all morning and you haven’t touched a single bite” “That nice young preacher, Brother Taylor, dropped by today” “Said he’d be pleased to have dinner on Sunday, oh, by the way” “He said he saw a girl that looked a lot like you up on Choctaw Ridge” “And she and Billie Joe was throwing somethin’ off the Tallahatchie Bridge” A year has come ‘n’ gone since we heard the news ’bout Billie Joe And Brother married Becky Thompson, they bought a store in Tupelo There was a virus going ’round, Papa caught it and he died last Spring And now Mama doesn’t seem to wanna do much of anything And me, I spend a lot of time pickin’ flowers up on Choctaw Ridge And drop them into the muddy water off the Tallahatchie Bridge