Bobbie Gentry has written one of the most talked about songs of the century. The mystery endures: what DID Billie Joe throw off the Tallahatchie Bridge?
Robert from FloridaAs a young child in 1967 I thought Billie Joe was a female..Bobbie has stated the meaning of the song was how the family reacted to the death. How Southern life at that time was presumed . I thought the movie was terrible and was surprised Bobbie Gentry went along with it. Billie Joe presumably was a young girl distraught and kills herself. By foolishly killing herself even the mother refuses much concern. Only the young daughter is feeling sad about the death. The family is more concerned about local gossip. Sanctimonious self righteous to a fault.