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Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by busykngt, Jun 3, 2020.
“...out chopin’ cotton and my brother was bailin’ hay...”
Fwiw, I remember when that song first came out in the town when I was in college.
For days, that seemed to be ALL that anybody was talking about on campus.
(I must have heard at least 100 theories about the 2 young lovers were throwing off the bridge. - SOME of the theories were downright WEIRD.)
Btw, have you ever heard the "supposed answer" of "That nice young Preacher" Brother Taylor to the mystery??
(I "disremember" who sang it these nearly a half-century later.)
Fwiw, I had a "severe case of the hots for" Bobbi Gentry, after she had a local variety show on a Little Rock TV station for a few weeks in the early Fall of 1967.
(The variety show was a FLOP & lasted I believe only 4 or 5 weeks.)
Incidentally, when FANCY was released in 1970 as a single on 45RPM, MANY radio stations in the Southland REFUSED to play it on-air because The Catholic League for Decency said that it was "UTTERLY INDECENT".
(Things in the late 1960s & early 1970s, at least in the South, were much more innocent, at least in public venues, than most younger folks would believe.)
I’ll whimp out on my answer. Everybody has their own “pet” belief. There was even a movie made, based on the song. All I can really say is, after more than half a century.... the mystery continues...
The theory of "certain coeds" in the Summer of 1967 was that the lovers threw their newborn off the bridge. = Inasmuch as this was a teenage girl living at home, I find that the MOST UNLIKELY of many weird theories.
WISHING that I could remember the name of the "answer record" by "Brother Taylor", with him standing over her grave.
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Hadn't heard that in years.
Was too young when it came out to actually pay attention to the words.
WOW. - That recording I had NOT heard, ever.
There are TWO recordings. = The other one is a slow, sad ballad that makes it clear the "Brother Taylor" was deeply in love with "Billie Jean".
And that there was another local girl involved.
(I remember that she was mentioned by name in one of the other verses to the "Ode", that were written by Bobbi Gentry. = The ORIGINAL version was over 7 1/3 minutes long & the recording studio cut it to about 4 minutes "to better fit" into the radio show formats of 1967.)
Evidently, Bobbi Gentry saw this "whole deal" as a LOVE/JEALOSY QUADRANGLE rather than a TRIANGLE, with at least 2 of the 4 either killing themselves AND/OR perhaps killing the other local girl.
(I've forgotten the other girl's name. - I'll see if I can find it.)
Fwiw, Bobbi Gentry sang the WHOLE song on KARK TV during her variety show's brief stint on TV.
Takes me to a good time in my life.
I never heard the other song YG posted.
ETA: Changed TG, to YG.
AGREED 100%. = The 2nd Summer session (1967) at college was when I met "the love of my life", i.e., the girl who was in love with me BUT wouldn't offend her family by marrying "a poor boy from Nowheresville, TX". - Her family "had money" & was "socially prominent" in Arkansas.
(After I was widowed & she divorced the USAF COL, who she married instead of me, we got back together in 1999, until she was permanently/severely disabled by a doctor's mistake in 2011. - About 3 years ago she said, "J_____, you've got to get on with your life. I'll never be any better than I am now & I will NOT burden you with caring for an invalid. - I won't let you continue to sit by my bed & hold my hand for the next maybe 20 years. Nonetheless, I will always love you.")
Note: As several friends here know, I'm writing an "alternative history" novel about the 2nd WBTS, set in the 1st half of the 21st Century. - Our over half-century romance is ONE of the several sub-plots in SONS OF BLOOD & DAUGHTERS OF FIRE.
(Fwiw, the book is definitely NOT anything like GONE WITH THE WIND. = Several people, who have read "bits & pieces", call it "an all too believable" NIGHTMARE, when the USA is split into several warring factions/"nations" & a LONG, BLOODY war ensues. ALL of the factions, except "The Restored Kingdom of Hawaii", want to dominate the rest of the "new nations"..)