Anyone remember this song

  1. I think it was sung by Rita Coolage....there was also a book and movie. About this girl in the south who feel in love with a boy from the wrong side of the tracks (sort to speak). A very strick family (the girls) with an older brother. She had a rag doll and when trying to tell her boy friend she was pregnant they had a fight on the bridge and the rag doll fell into the river...people thought the boy had jumped into the river & died.

    Anyone remember.
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  3. by   kitty29
    Maybe it was Bobby Gentry (sp)...the boy was Billi Jo McCalister....
  4. by   kitty29
    I found it: Ode To Billie Jo by Bobby Gentry!

    Did you guys know this song was based on a true story? I must be having flash backs tonight!
  5. by   caliotter3
    What year did that song come out? I remember it. Loved the song. Boy, are we dating ourselves! And yeah, flashbacks. You know what that means, long term memory. Me too. I'll be sleeping, coming out of a deep sleep, and my brain thinks about something I haven't thought about for yrs. We're both getting ready for the nursing home!
  6. by   kitty29
    Quote from caliotter3
    What year did that song come out? I remember it. Loved the song. Boy, are we dating ourselves! And yeah, flashbacks. You know what that means, long term memory. Me too. I'll be sleeping, coming out of a deep sleep, and my brain thinks about something I haven't thought about for yrs. We're both getting ready for the nursing home!
    HUMMMMMMMMMMMM!!!!!!!!!!!!

    I can not remember the year; but I think I was in HS yet?! In my moody teenage years? It's funny I could remember the tune, most of the words but not the name! YIKKS!!!
  7. by   kitty29
    Wasn't "Go Ask Alice" out in about the same time? I remember really enjoying that movie & book...so removed from what I'd do....drugs were so new...at least in our little town.
  8. by   nursemary9
    Ode to Billie Joe came out in 1967.

    Go Ask Alice, the Book came out in 1971. I need to look up the sone.

    mary Ann
  9. by   nursemary9
    White Rabbit---Jefferson Airplane song--of Go Ask Alice, came out in 1967 also.
  10. by   nursemary9
    "white rabbit" is a psychedelic rock song from jefferson airplane's 1967 hit album surrealistic pillow, also released as a single, peaking at #8 on the billboard hot 100 in that form. in 2004, the song was ranked #478 on rolling stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. first performed by composer grace slick with her band the great society during 1966, this striking song proved an inducement to convince members of the airplane to lure slick away to join them.
    one of slick's earliest songs, written in either late 1965 or early 1966, it details parallels between the hallucinatory effects of lsd and the imagery found in the work of lewis carroll. references to carroll's 1865 fantasy alice's adventures in wonderland and its 1871 sequel through the looking-glass pervade the song: the title character, the dormouse, the smoking caterpillar, the changing of ones size due to eating pills or sweets, the chasing of rabbits, the eating of mushrooms to cause your perception to change, and the red queen. a century after the fact, carroll was busy in the rock and roll world of 1967; that same year john lennon would refer to looking-glass in his densely textured "i am the walrus" composition recorded by the beatles.
  11. by   kitty29
    Quote from nursemary9
    Ode to Billie Joe came out in 1967.

    Go Ask Alice, the Book came out in 1971. I need to look up the sone.

    mary Ann
    Well pretty close...kinda....
  12. by   kitty29
    Quote from nursemary9
    "white rabbit" is a psychedelic rock song from jefferson airplane's 1967 hit album surrealistic pillow, also released as a single, peaking at #8 on the billboard hot 100 in that form. in 2004, the song was ranked #478 on rolling stone's list of the 500 greatest songs of all time. first performed by composer grace slick with her band the great society during 1966, this striking song proved an inducement to convince members of the airplane to lure slick away to join them.
    one of slick's earliest songs, written in either late 1965 or early 1966, it details parallels between the hallucinatory effects of lsd and the imagery found in the work of lewis carroll. references to carroll's 1865 fantasy alice's adventures in wonderland and its 1871 sequel through the looking-glass pervade the song: the title character, the dormouse, the smoking caterpillar, the changing of ones size due to eating pills or sweets, the chasing of rabbits, the eating of mushrooms to cause your perception to change, and the red queen. a century after the fact, carroll was busy in the rock and roll world of 1967; that same year john lennon would refer to looking-glass in his densely textured "i am the walrus" composition recorded by the beatles.
    wow...interesting history lesson...thanks! i love the beatles still!!!
  13. by   Spidey's mom
    Even though "Go Ask Alice" was unmasked as not really an autobiography, it was still a good book. I gave it to my dd recently.

    Ode To Billy Joe . . . . I don't remember the rag doll part and I sing that song on a regular basis since I listen to oldies . . .and Billy Joe did die, at least in the song. Also, I've always thought it was a baby they tossed off the bridge - their baby. My former sister-in-law's husband used to play guitar in Bobbie Gentry's band in the 60's and early 70's. I'll have to email him and see what the story is.

    Ode to Billie Joe is a 1967 album written and performed by Bobbie Gentry, a singer-songwriter from Chickasaw County, Mississippi. Released as a single in late July, the album's title track was a massive number-one hit in the USA and became a big international seller.
    This Southern Gothic song recounts the night when Billie Joe McAllister committed suicide by jumping off the Tallahatchie Bridge on Choctaw Ridge, Mississippi. The song is noteworthy for the mysteries surrounding the events: Why did Billie Joe jump off the bridge? What did he and the narrator throw off the bridge shortly before his suicide? Both questions led to much speculation at the time. In 1975, Gentry told author Herman Raucher that she hadn't come up with a reason for Billie Joe's suicide when she wrote the song. 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. "Ode" was so popular in 1967 that Frank Sinatra, who loved it, asked jazz great Ella Fitzgerald to sing a few verses for his TV special. The recording of "Ode to Billie Joe" generated eight Grammy nominations, including four wins. Bolstered by a perfectly judged arrangement of strings and acoustic guitar, the single creates a haunting and atmospheric universe in a category all its own. The popular consensus at the release of the song in 1967 was that the narrator and Billie Joe threw a baby off the bridge.


    steph
    Last edit by Spidey's mom on Feb 26, '07
  14. by   Spidey's mom
    Ode To Billie Joe
    ( Bobbie Gentry )

    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 Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

    And Papa said to Mama as he passed around the blackeyed peas
    "Well, Billy 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 Billy Joe, anyhow
    Seems like nothin' ever comes to no good up on Choctaw Ridge
    And now Billy 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 Billy Joe was throwing somethin' off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

    A year has come 'n' gone since we heard the news 'bout Billy 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

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