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Old January 26 2014, 10:58 AM   #6
Vanyel
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Re: Meaning of "Ode To Billy Joe"

I know the original recording was 7 minutes longs as per Wikipedia:
The original recording, with no other musicians backing Gentry's guitar, had eleven verses lasting seven minutes, telling more of Billie Joe's story. The executives realized that this song was a better option for a single, so they cut the length by almost half and re-recorded it with a string orchestra.
ETA: I wonder, if that is one of her drafts, why she spelled it "Billy Jo" and the studio changed it to "Billie Joe".
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