The Places Behind The Songs

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  • New York The Pogues - Fairytale Of New York

    The UK's peerless Number One Christmas hit isn't really about New York.

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  • Sausalito, California Otis Redding - (Sittin' On) The Dock of the Bay

    The place where Otis Redding sat by the dock and watched the tide roll away.

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  • Tallahatchie Bridge, Choctaw Ridge, Mississippi Bobbie Gentry - Ode to Billie Joe

    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?

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    • 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.
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