Saturday 9: Ode to Billie Joe

Ode to Billie Joe (1967) 

If you’re not familiar with today’s song, you can hear it here.

1) This song takes places on “the third of June,” which is described as “another sleepy, dusty” day. Describe the weather where you were onFriday, June 3, 2016. Hot and sunny.

2) In this song, the family sits down to eat and discuss the doings of their friends and neighbors. Mama, Papa, Brother and Sister were at the table. Who did you have dinner with on Friday? No one! My fiancé was going to hang out with friends, so I was by myself and made a stuffed pepper.

3) Young Billie Joe MacAllister playfully put a frog down another kid’s back. Do you see many frogs where you live? Where I live, not at all–if anything, I see them like when we go walking in the park. But they do occasionally show up at my parents’ house, and the beagle likes to try to get them.

4) This song made Mississippi’s Tallahatchie Bridge famous. What’s the name of a bridge in your neighborhood? I can’t think of any near me, actually–where I live, we’re not really by any water or anything. But if you wander over to Pittsburgh, there’s like 1,000.

5) Bobbie Gentry often performed with Glen Campbell. Mr. Campbell’s family is very open about Glen’s battle with Alzheimer’s. Is anyone in your life facing this terrible disease? Fortunately, no.

6) “Ode to Billie Joe” was made into a movie directed by Max Baer, Jr. Mr. Baer is better known for playing Jethro Bodine in a famous 1960s era sitcom. Can you name it? I had a hunch it was The Beverly Hillbillies, so I did Google it to make sure I was right. And I was. Bam.

7) Bobbie Gentry made one of her last public appearances in 1981 on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Johnny is now seen in reruns on the Antenna TV channel. Think of the last TV show you watched. Was it new or was it a rerun? The last TV show I watched was actually an old one on Netflix. I don’t have cable, so I don’t watch TV. But I work for a closed-captioning company and therefore watch TV all day at work, so I saw some new shows there on my shift yesterday. I think the last time I watched TV was some River Monsters at my fiancé’s grandparents’ house on Mother’s Day. That was a rerun.

8) In 1967, when this song was popular, Sweden changed its traffic laws and Swedes began driving on the right. Have you ever driven ina foreign country? If so, did you have a hard time adapting to their laws? I have not. I think I’d be terrible at it and would be terrified of fucking up at all times.

9) Random question: Which would you rather have more of — compliments or hugs? I’m honestly not sure. I feel like hugs is the wiser choice, but compliments are nice. And a compliment could be about anything. So maybe that.

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