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Song Parodies -> "Ode to Billy & Mike"

Original Song Title:

"Ode to Billie Joe"

Original Performer:

Bobbie Gentry

Parody Song Title:

"Ode to Billy & Mike"

Parody Written by:

Royce Miller

The Lyrics

for the Florios--inspired by Michael Pacholek
It was the 10th of June, another crazy lazy Georgia day
Billy was haulin in tobacco, and Mike was not far away
He was swimmin in the river in a ratty old pair of shorts
He didn't feel like workin with them sweaty, stinky sorts
He said "Billy let's go fishin this morning on Choctaw Ridge"
And that's when Mike and Billy Florio went off to Tallahatchie Bridge

Billy said to Michael as he showed him a top water jig
"I won't be makin dough today but I don't really give a fig
If you'd just help me now and then, I bet we'd be rich by now"
And Michael said "You know I never liked workin, anyhow"
Let's just talk about catchin crappie up on the Ridge
And then Mike and Billy Florio lit out for Tallahatchie Bridge

Now it was very hot, so Mike made sure he brought his ole brown jug
And Billy had a beer cooler, the kind that ain't hard to lug
It was brotherly communion on a steamy, summer day
Thank god the muddy fishing hole was not too far away
They both had taken time to grab some jerky from the fridge
And it was kick-back time that morning, off to Tallahatchee Bridge

Well they passed a guy wearin a suit and tie in a pickup truck
And he seemed to be havin some trouble, his wheels were stuck
And as they passed him Mike and Billy both turned and waved
They never could stand them dern revenuers, anyway
Then at last they saw the cottonwood trees on Choctaw Ridge
And proceeded to start fishing, off the Tallahatchee Bridge

Well they were casting for an hour or two and neither
ever got a bite
And there didn't seem to be anything out there with gills in sight
And the water looked inviting to the brothers in the sweltering sun
And they started rippin off their shirts to have themselves a little fun
You see the shade was awful sparse up there on Choctaw Ridge
That's when Mike and Billy Florio jumped off the Tallahatchee Bridge

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Rice Cube - June 11, 2003 - Report this comment
Did they have bungee cords?
Billy Florio - June 11, 2003 - Report this comment
Royce, um lol..I dont think I understand this parody lol......why did we jump off the bridge? lol .......and why was I hauling in tobacco? lol......
Guy DiRito - June 11, 2003 - Report this comment
Let's hope you guys jumped off that bridge cause it was hot. Billy Joe McCallister jumped for a totally different reason. lol. Good one Royce. I was thinking about doing something on this song myself, but I would have never thought of this.
Royce Miller - June 11, 2003 - Report this comment
Uncle Guy--thanks so much for your insight there, yeah it was hot and fishing sucked and they wanted to swim
Michael Pacholek - June 11, 2003 - Report this comment
I inspired this? I'm not sure I should be proud of it...Though I wouldn't mind seeing either of the Florios go jump in the lake... Actually, since your name is Miller, shouldn't you be supplying the beer?
Mike Florio - June 11, 2003 - Report this comment
thanks for the tribute Royce...funny and um...unique song...
Billy Florio - June 11, 2003 - Report this comment
oh, ok, now it makes sense lol....I thought you were telling us to die lol......anyway, it seems thats what Pacholek's doing.....Michael, Michael Michael....I thought you didnt like death and violence........were you the one that accused me of telling liberals to die?
Rice Cube - June 12, 2003 - Report this comment
Hey, some of my best friends are liberals ;-)
Michael Pacholek - June 12, 2003 - Report this comment
I didn't say I wanted you to die. I just said I wanted you to go jump in the lake. Big difference. And while I don't like death, as for violence, I'm not the world's most masculine man, but I know what I am, I'm a big hockey fan. May I introduce you to Mr. Scott Stevens?
Jeff Reuben - June 12, 2003 - Report this comment
Beer is good.
Jeff Baker - June 19, 2003 - Report this comment
HMMMMM......I know the Geo. Washington Bridge and the Brooklyn Bridge (Which my Uncle Zach bought when he visited NYC in '59) but I didn't know the Talahatchee was up there. (Must be in Long Island.) Seriously, Mike, Billy this song is like the creepy stories H.P. Lovecraft, Robert Bloch et. al. wrote for Weird Tales in the '30's doing in versions of each other in creepy stories (Like H.P.L.'s "Haunter of the Dark".) I can only assume that after you guy's near-fatal plunge from the bridge you were tossed on the bank by the indigenous swamp rats and eels who muttered something under their breath about "tourists..." ----j
Mike Zacherl - January 09, 2006 - Report this comment
I am genuinely charmed by this parody. I did not find it "funny", like many parodies, but kinda cute in that respect. Nice Job!

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