Sunday Morning Coming Down

This morning, one of the oddest, most wonderfully curious Country records ever made, which I can’t actually believe I haven’t posted before:

Bobbie Gentry – Ode to Billy Joe

Just brilliant, even if I have no idea what has actually happened in the storyline, other than somebody gets a frog put down their back, somebody else asks for some biscuits to be passed to him, and still somebody else either jumps or gets thrown into a river which I can’t spell.

More soon.

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13 thoughts on “Sunday Morning Coming Down”

  1. I spent ages pouring over the lyrics a few years back trying to decipher what actually happened – Bobbie herself never came clean so a real puzzler. I really feel for the narrator however who had to sit through that family meal listening to them casually mention Billy Joe’s demise whilst probably dying inside. What was throw off the unpronounceable bridge? Doubt if we’ll ever know for sure. As CC says, a tune.

  2. Perfect choice – such a great song, such a great singer. As a child I had a major girl crush on Bobbie, I just adored her (and was totally in love with her hair!) Still have a bit of a crush now to be honest.

  3. Re. what was thrown off the bridge, just found online this quote from Bobbie herself, apparently from the Billboard Book Of Number One Hits:
    “Everybody…has a different guess about what was thrown off the bridge—flowers, a ring, even a baby. Anyone who hears the song can think anything they want…but the real “message” of the song, if there must be a message, revolves around the nonchalant way the family talks about the suicide. They sit there eating their peas and apple pie and talking, without even realizing that Billie Joe’s girlfriend is sitting at the table, a member of the family.”

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