Who Sang Ode to Billie Joe? The Supremes

The Supremes Reflections cover art
Release information
Release Date: 1968-3-25
length: 4:57
producer: Lamont Dozier and Brian Holland
Some other versions of "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 we walked back to the house to eat
And mama hollered at the back door "y'all remember to wipe your feet"
And then she said she got some news this mornin' from Choctaw Ridge
Today Billie Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge

Papa said to mama as he passed around the blackeyed 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"
Mama said it was shame about Billie Joe, anyhow
Seems like nothin' ever comes to no good up on Choctaw Ridge
And now Billie Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge

And brother said he recollected when he and Tom and Billie Joe
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 just 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
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 want to 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

Tracklist
12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Reflections
  • 2 I'm Gonna Make It (I Will Wait for You)
  • 3 Forever Came Today
  • 4 I Can't Make It Alone
  • 5 In and Out of Love
  • 6 Bah-Bah-Bah
  • 7 What the World Needs Now Is Love
  • 8 Up, Up and Away
  • 9 Love (Makes Me Do Foolish Things)
  • 10 Then
  • 11 Misery Makes Its Home in My Heart
  • 12 Ode to Billie Joe

  • Release information
    label: Motown Records
    country(area): United States
    format: 12" Vinyl
    script: Latin