Tuesday, November 17, 2009

And she and Billy Joe was throwin' somethin' off the Tallahatchie Bridge

It always kind of bugged me that Bobbie Gentry never said what the "Ode to Billy Joe" narrator was throwing off that darn bridge, and I was never buying in to the idea that it was their baby (because -- UGH!) or a rag doll symbolizing the end of childhood (because -- whaaa?).

I was less interested in why Billy Joe committed suicide (in the movie it was because he had a gay experience...again, whaaa?), and more interested in what the heck got tossed off the bridge.

This page does a very academic analysis of the song itself and shares some reader thoughts on what was thrown. Pass the biscuits, please.

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