ODE TO BILLIE JOE Written and recorded by Bobbie Gentry, 1967, 1. Thank you for going to great lengths to”Wikicapture” (or “Wikitimecapsule” ???) She felt betrayed by both the music industry and by Raucher and Baer, and over the next few years it had a huge affect on her. The book cover states that it's a novel (i.e., fiction), although its back cover implies but doesn't explicitly claim it to be a true story. is this it? Fortunately, "Ode to Billie Joe" was irreducible...you couldn't edit anything out without wrecking the story line. The note above regarding the manuscript lyric with an extra verse lends credence to the view that Gordon did trim it slightly, and that was a sound choice, imho, since it keeps the mystery intact by removing the 'reveal' of the narrator's name. It was much better (to me) than the original. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:26, 2 October 2015 (UTC). ", 4. Bob Dylan wrote his parody, Answer to Ode: Clothsline Saga, partly out of envy. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 19:24, 2 October 2015 (UTC), There is no question Bobbie Gentry is the true author of Ode to Billie Joe. Album cover art for 'Ode To Billie Joe,' and a publicity portrait of Bobbie Gentry. It is a modern classic written by a woman in the 1960's. In the movie, the boy committed suicide after being raped by a friend of his family. All that matters is that the narrator knows something that others are oblivious to. The original was titled, "The Day that Jubilee the Barrister Jumped Off of Kelli Hatch's Fridge.". She deliberately donated only the first page of the full lyrics of the song to the University of Mississippi because she felt that, after how the story had been treated in the past, no one deserved to know the full story. ODE TO BILLIE JOE Written and recorded by Bobbie Gentry, 1967, 1. At the time they met Bobbie was 9 and William was 16, but William had developmental issues and was said to have the mind of a 6 or 7 year old. If you didn't like the arrangements being made for you, you kept your mouth shut anyway,... and ran off to the city when you got the chance. I was talking to a friend of mine who has a doctorate in English. I'd like to get the lyrics too. Her second marriage ended because of the nightmares she still had from her childhood, and how it affected her. A year has come an' gone since we heard the news 'bout Billie Joe. The song is about what it's like to know a dark secret, but it doesn't matter what the secret is. He arrived before the pair had left and headed in through the back porch door adjoining the kitchen. Are there more verses?HTML line breaks and preformat commands added. Retro Photos That Bring Us Back To The Good Old Days! ), To borrow from the song, "Oh!, By the way!..." Does anyone know who is responsible for the string arrangement on this record? They called Bobbie outside to talk with her and grilled her about it. He arrived before the pair had left and headed in through the back porch door adjoining the kitchen. Bobbie wasn't happy about this, but knew she had to do as the record company wanted if she wanted a contract. The grandfather yelled to the father that William had beaten Anne to death and the father then beat William and threw him from the bridge. This would explain the picking flowers part of the song, the possibility of a lesbain relationship has been overlooked. The same happened with Jim Stafford, although he stated he still loved Bobbie very much, but it was difficult to deal with what she went through and not be able to help her. Is there even a single credible source for such a claim? However I was going through my old 45 RPMs and ripping them to I-Tunes. Can someone let me know who sung this and what the title is. She was writing and producing her own songs in the 1960's. It was the third o' June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day. She came from an extremely humble, rural upbringing. What they didn't know was that the priest from the church was fishing off the creek side just a little ways from them and saw what they did. Wish I could get a copy. I am at work and bored and one of my co-workers asked me to ask. Over the years Bobbie and William had become very close and spent a lot of time together. ( the Gentry single alone was #3 for the year) The Gentry and Curtis singles sold a combined 3 million copies, the other four charting covers of 1967 sold over 300,000 singles. The original song told the story as it was, but owing to legal considerations, the Gentry version was done instead. Rich 03:40, 1 November 2006 (UTC), This makes no sense to me. Capitol Records knew the song would never get airplay due to the length of it, and also because of it's very dark tone, and had the song heavily edited. The mystery had baited listeners, and everyone was talking. This version of events is accentuated in the Sinéad O'Connor version, where a baby is heard to cry at the moment the mystery item is thrown off the bridge. (And, no, song lyrics webpages and IMDb, which can be edited by Joe Q. I made the following changes: When you have finished reviewing my changes, you may follow the instructions on the template below to fix any issues with the URLs. Does anyone have ALL eleven verses of "Ode To Billy Joe" or know where online I can find them? Young people were experiencing with alternative lifestyles and mind-altering drugs; many losing their lives as a result of overdosing. A young preacher was at the house earlier that day, the mother says, and... What was it? There's five more acres in the lower forty I got to plow." The first verse that dealt with Anne's death, but only mentioned her not being seen in town, was removed, and five verses from the end that told the rest of the story were removed. He mentioned Bob Dylans infamous 1960's remark about history never producing a great female poet. ", 4. They were on their way to Chicago when they were arrested in Clarksville, Tennessee and returned for trial in Mississippi. It looks good to me, but I don't really feel qualified to judge, so I thought I'd just put it in the record here. I think the reference to it should be removed or at least caveatted. Producers convinced her to cut it to five verses. A huge rarity for a woman in the 1960's. And the thing thrown off the bridge, in this particular telling, was a rag doll belonging to the narrator. AND Billie Joe would NOT have been in the same church as the narrator's family---IF Billie Joe had been a black boy. The 1967 single, which went to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, told the story of Billie Joe McAllister, a young man who commits suicide for unspecified reasons. The two albums on the same CD couldn't sound more different. Bobbie had been good friends with a young man named William who cleaned the church they attended and also worked at the local saw mill.

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