Ode to Billy Joe






Bobbie Lee Hartley:
It's gonna be all right. We've just been waiting so long and trying so hard. Oh, it's all right Billy Joe.

Billy Joe McAllister:
It ain't all right! I ain't all right!

[long pause as Billy Joe walks a few steps away from Bobbie Lee]

Billy Joe McAllister:
Bobbie... I have been with a man! Did you hear me? Which is a sin against nature! A sin against God! I don't know how I could have done it, I swear! I don't know how I could be wanting you and do that.

Bobbie Lee Hartley:
But you were drunk. Maybe you just imagined it.

Billy Joe McAllister:
I didn't imagine nothing!

Bobbie Lee Hartley:
But you were drunk. Everyone saw how drunk you were.

Billy Joe McAllister:
I... I knew. I knew what was happening.

Bobbie Lee Hartley:
Who was it?

Billy Joe McAllister:
I ain't gonna say.

Bobbie Lee Hartley:
Why? I wish I could understand.

Billy Joe McAllister:
I wish I could.

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