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)
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”. Continue reading →
Mimi’s Brainbreaker Week; Two versions of the song recorded 10 years apart. The first clip is by The Fifth Dimension from 1969, the second from the film-musical Hair made in 1979. Which one is your favorite?
Ode to Billy Joe is a rather sad but beautiful song. It tells the story of what happened after Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge in Chickasaw County, Misisippi. It’s also about everyday life, or as Bobbie Gentry experienced her youth living on a farm in a small town. Mesmerizing!