Eoin Butler: writer, journalist and Mayoman of the Year

Tripping Along The Ledge



If you think country music is about nothing but dead dogs and broken hearts, this chilling slice of Southern Gothic from Bobbie Gentry might just change your mind.

March 31st, 2009.

7 Responses to “ODE TO BILLIE JOE (1968)”

  1. El Kid Says:


  2. El Kid Says:

    So what happened then i mean?

  3. 09-Mo-Sam Says:

    Was hoping for some SawDoctors-esque inspiration for the championship. But that’ll do…

  4. Eoin Says:

    EK – not sure that there is a definitive explaination, but various theories explored here http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ode_to_billie_joe

    Sam – not sure if that Billie Joe is ready for the tribute song treatment just yet. But I know a man who is http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rD-_x2iofQA

  5. Paul Says:

    There’s a nice theory that Bob Dylan’s Clothesline Saga (off the Basement Tapes) is an answer record to Ode to Billie Joe. But maybe I’ve gone too deep into Gentryana here. Anyway, if you like this, you need to get everything else she ever recorded, ever, immediately. It’s all good, even the stuff that isn’t. She’s the female Lee Hazelwood. Seen? Seen.

  6. Eoin Says:

    Wow, hadn’t heard that theory before. Just re-listening to Clothes Line Saga: it does sound like a piss take alright. Cheers Paul!

  7. Paul Says:

    Don’t thank me – thank Greil Marcus! He know everythang.

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