Saturday, June 03, 2006

Ode to Billy Joe

"It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty, Delta day..."

I used to hear this song ad nauseum when I was a kid. It was written and recorded in 1967 by a Mississippi singer-songwriter named Bobbie Gentry. Gentry also had a hit later in the decade with "Fancy (Don't Let Me Down)," which was an even bigger hit for Reba McIntyre.

Gentry has refused to lend any speculation, either to what was thrown off the bridge, or why Billy Joe jumped off it to his death. "She has stated in numerous interviews over the years that the focus of the song was not the suicide itself, but rather the matter-of-fact way that the narrator's family was discussing the tragedy over dinner, unconcerned that Billie Joe had been her boyfriend."

It hasn't stopped others from trying for themselves.

Have a nice day.

1 comment:

Mr. Nixter said...

I remember the song. For some reason I thought the "thing" taht was thrown of the bridge was a baby in a bag.

Wonder why I thought that?