Bobbie Gentry - Ode To Billie Joe Lyrics

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 Billie Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

And Papa said to Mama as he passed around the black-eyed peas
"Well, Billie 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 a shame about Billie Joe, anyhow
Seems like nothin' ever comes to no good up on Choctaw Ridge
And now Billie Joe MacAllister's jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge

And brother said he recollected when he and Tom and Billie Joe
He 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"

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 Billie Joe was throwing somethin' off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

A year has come 'n' gone since we heard the news 'bout Billie 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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Bobbie Gentry Ode To Billie Joe Comments
  1. Rosemary Toews

    I was 12 -13 when this came on the airwaves..still hauntingly beautiful song.

  2. K. De.

    Does anyone remember the movie " Ode to Billy Joe" starring Robbie Benson? Awesome movie!!! It tells the true story from the song. 🤟🤟🤟🤟

  3. Robyn Bennett

    The question will always be, what did they throw from the Tallahatchee bridge?

  4. Justin Mevee

    I miss my mom

  5. Paul Stanley

    still a great song

  6. Paul Stanley

    1968 we had mental illness and now 52 yrs the politicians argue about elect them to fix OUR Broken System but why does it take over 50 yrs to get any help cause about the same time as span and my now sick mother with Dementia and Bi Polar settings is a torn in the family whom takes care of her but the politicians keep arguing who is going to pay for it while they(Government) takes your taxes to send to foreign Governments and we just sit and suffer the tragic demise of Mental Health exclude from society

  7. Angela Joiner

    If you dont like this song kiss it.

  8. Tommy Wood

    I can listen Bobby gentry sing all day long. She very beautiful. And beautiful voice. Who's LISTENING in. 2020

  9. Dane Millanta

    Bobby Gentry One Gorgeous Woman

  10. Jeffrey Seibold

    She has Sweet Lips!! :)

  11. Andrea Carol Taylor Blood

    Wow wonderful beauty voice and lovely lady and so talented love this tune

  12. Kenneth,joe Harris

    sn|o|•£|op-✓_*a_-loop?bo-ard when w`ho give huh %°mk ? =?

  13. Kevin Cooper

    Why is this song so sad ? I jumped off many bridges when I was a kid in Oxford. But let's face it it was a good track by a nice lady. U don't get them like that there's days.

  14. MJW

    She would hold nasty nancy's head down just long enough.

  15. I'm Gee Gee Y!

    How many women have known a Billy Joe Mccallister??? 🙋‍♀️💖⚘

  16. Lonnie Cavenee

    I remember hearing this when it first aired in 1967. Amazing song.

  17. al thompson

    Maybe she is telling the truth

  18. Davey Striper

    Which guitar she's playing?

  19. Hog Fan

    2020 still strong

  20. Freeman Pennington

    I remember the movie storing Robby Benton Linda Blair and James best was in it he's most well known for playing Roscoe p coletrain in the 70s sitcom The Dukes of Hazzard

  21. Freeman Pennington

    Love this song It Was released in 1967 two years before I was born in 1969 and I still listen to it

  22. George LeBlanc

    sad song that sounds good.

  23. Sabrina01 Keller

    HER VOICE!!!



  25. Casper D.

    Feb 2020 and still listening to this Great song...

  26. Peter S. Lust

    Hearing this song, now in 2020: I am reminded of the night many, many, many years ago. I was on my way to falling asleep, when I realized that my favorite Sacramento radio station, was playing this song over and over. I was so happy to hear the song repeated over and over. I did see the movie that was made many years later; the reason why Billy Joe killed himself, made sense. I am feeling goose bumps as I hear this song, now. Thanks.

  27. Tensile Strength

    When I was a very little kid, from as young as I can remember, my parents had that album with Glen Campbell and Bobbie Gentry on the cover. I thought she was attractive but I was too young to know about that stuff.

  28. Kris Quigley

    Bobby Gentry: Wicked awesome.

  29. Anthony Barnett

    The Howard Hughes of country music. Nobody has seen her in nearly 40 years.

  30. Marcus Nez

    Cotton..Muck music

  31. Gary Grigg

    Beautiful Lady and a classic song.

  32. David Harrison

    black eyed peas??jus sayin..

  33. lithiumkc8

    Oh my that Smokey/sexy speaking voice . No joke.

  34. jimmy wrangles

    According to Bobby Gentry this song is about casual indifference and unconscious cruelty.

  35. Cynthia Ingersoll

    Wasn't she just so beautiful wow

  36. Chrisie Richards

    Sing it girl,, great song, 👍

  37. lazlo zand

    I vaguely remember something about Billie joe had so sexual confusion and that caused him to commit suicide anyone remembers that?

    Alberta Rose

    He wasn't confused sexually. According to the book he was raped by a man.

  38. bo brand

    Who else is listening to this haunting 60s classic in 2020?

  39. Donna Johnson

    This woman had a beautiful voice. A class act! She delivered this song.

  40. Big D 63

    “Beautiful” that’s talent.

  41. ZODIAC

    im dancing with my mop im filling my bathtub up with dirt so i can plant rosess

  42. ZODIAC

    i remember the movie when i was 12

  43. Denise De Winter

    Blimey.all these later we are listeng and we're nearly 70.honest to god i cried .

  44. Brett Wagland

    She's a classic.

  45. Joel Tenenbaum

    i was on the uss America aircraft carrier and this was a sing they played a lot on the closed speaker system. great simple tune. joel retired usn.

  46. Simir Johnson

    Classic example of less-is-more. Simple melody, and a story that makes you read between the lines makes for a haunting masterpiece. Thank you Bobbie Gentry.

  47. Debra Parkerson

    Old drive in movie
    Hell daddy passed out an brother drove us home.. We got there safe an sound.. Wouldn't suggest any young ones do that today though..
    Love my daddy an brothers....
    Memories we all have them...
    Macon, ga

  48. Mark Cawthon

    I grew up eating black eyed peas in South Georgia.

  49. Alasdair Veitch

    I have always loved this song, and Bobby Gentry, and always will.  She's amazing.

  50. Gayle Cooper


  51. Debra Meyers

    love the music, love the song.

  52. Little Whore Records

    This song is so amazing and timeless.

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  54. Adriana Carlisle

    2020 and likecto remind you, Bobbie Gentry also wrote and performed " Fancy",, I know Reba gets credit for it but she didn't write it❤️💋

  55. Carol Christiansen

    I so love her music.

  56. Vickie Messer

    Like it

  57. dbaxxxxx

    Who knows how many people are mentioned in this great song?

  58. scott b

    I lover her.

  59. pwog arnex

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  61. Ravenwalker Robison

    I remember dancing to this in the moonlight at age 14 on our old "trellis bridge". Then seeing the movie about this song staring a very young Ralph Macchio.

  62. Eric Harrison

    Live is better than the studio version not many stars manage that.

  63. Tom Jones

    1 👍 🔥

  64. Terry Brooks

    dont look to much into it fools just enjpy it.....duh

  65. cindy

    I'm gonna cry now....
    Another sleepy delta day
    Ya'll remember to wipe your feet

  66. high roller

    Old country song 👍

  67. Mike Raby

    2020 and I love this song.

  68. Wildflower 1954

    Wonderful 🎶🎵✌️

  69. Will byrd


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  71. Crow T. Robot

    On the radio all the time in 67. I was at Ft Bragg going thru Basic when I heard it the first time. Stayed with me ever since.

  72. Jamie Lee Gillaspie-Daniel

    Always loved this song!!!

  73. Juliet Fischer

    Everybody but the narrator only wanted to know why he killed himself -- they didn't care that he was dead.

  74. Nila Joy Sherrod

    This gives me *CHILLS*...I remember the movie with Robbie Benson when I was maybe 10 yrs old..

    Tanya Fleissner

    Me too. We must be around the same age. I am 49.

  75. Anita Quick

    Who's here 2020

  76. Charles Putnam

    This song was popular when I was a young man. Has stuck in my mind for 50 years. Beau kinda shined a different light on it. He is a little sharper than most of us. My older brother committed suicide. I saw his daughter and grandson and made me cry thinking bout the people he hurt.


    Beau's the man! I'm sorry for your brother.

  77. E2 M5

    You only hurt the ones you love i guess

  78. Alain Quartermaine

    God her speaking voice😩.. so sexy

  79. dave hempfields

    a true goddess

  80. mglenwright09

    Yeah, that's a fucking song... damn.

  81. Alan Hehe


    Beau's the man!

  82. jackal

    Imagine being such a boring person that you comment on the YouTube upload of every song before 2000 that new music bad old music good young people these days hurr durr. It's pillow time, Boomer. It'll all be over soon

    Lost Hero

    Ok Tumor.

  83. Shawn Robins

    Beau link up...#Beaurowcats😉

  84. elk

    thank you beau

  85. 45Kimber1911A1

    A study in unconscious cruelty.....
    You're right Beau.
    As usual.

    GalaxyWolf 489

    You only hurt the ones you love.

    Jimmy TheBold

    heh, hi fellow fifth estate friends

  86. Grandy 28

    I think this song is very well written and performed by Ms Gentry, and is a bit of a favourite. I also think it's about to get a bit of a serge in views, thanks to "Beau of the Fifth Column" and his video discussion (22/02/2020) of the meaning behind the lyrics...well, here's hoping it does...

  87. Eli Watson

    Who’s here from that Beau video?


    @jfuite "Beau of the Fifth Column" a YouTuber


    @Wes Thanks. I will look up that channel.


    @UCK1fxeAGWje9xL8oWFIcntw I did watch his channel's introductory video, and the Billy Joe video, and I scanned his curated playlists. I see an interesting collection of ideas and opinions, but not enough for me to subscribe. He seems a bit too libertarian for me.

    Andrew Lazenby

    @jfuite you are missing out. Even if he discusses something I may not agree with, its always thought provoking and well presented. Well worth the small amount of effort to listen

  88. george ratt

    yeah ... Beau sent me here ....

  89. Infinite Sentient

    Janis Joplin missed a song that she should've covered. I'm sure she would have eventually but life is short sometimes.

  90. tommy553013

    Suicidals every day, virus every season (today one from China), same characters everywhere and everyday: but no more female singer and composers like Bobbie Gentry !

  91. Kim Denler

    awesome song!!

  92. Jeffrey Clarke

    Gail Crichton... Way better.

  93. Jeffrey Clarke

    She was and is awesome.

  94. jack t

    I have always thought that this is one of the most haunting songs ever written. As unique today as it was the first time I heard it way back in 1967.

  95. Steve Trent

    A song like this comes around maybe once in a lifetime. The singer, the words of the song and the music, in my humble opinion, must have been inspired by the only true God/Yahweh!

    sly thecat

    Steve Trent fuck me, do christians have to make EVERYTHING about their make believe man?

  96. Alan Sand

    Never Ever Ever Ever should they have made this song into that sorry movie that they,...Made....~!

  97. roflmows

    god 1970s women were hot

  98. Donnie Hassell

    Love this song and the movie to , great voice

  99. LI TE

    Is this the sexiest and most alluring woman you ever saw ?