Jolene, don't take my man just because you can

When Bill and I took Kennedy to Texas Governor's School around the first of July, we stumbled upon a Houston radio station that played nothing but country oldies. And I mean 60's-70's oldies. So when we picked her up at the end of July we tuned in to that same station.

Bill and I never particularly thought of ourselves as country music lovers growing up, although now we both enjoy country music and listen to it pretty regularly.

But when we were growing up, neither of us would have ever described ourselves as country music fans.

We listened to rock and roll, of course, because we were so very cool. Imagine our surprise when we knew the words to every one of those songs.

Remember Bobbie Gentry's "Ode to Billie Joe?" I sang the whole song without taking a breath. And I was taken back to the first time I ever heard that song.

I was in Crandall, Texas, visiting my Nanny and of course hanging out with my cousin Connie.

We would walk all over town, mostly barefoot, and the mere thought of that makes me cringe in pain. How did we go barefoot when we were kids? How did we walk down those hot streets every day?

But I digress...Connie and I always listened to the latest music when we got to whatever house we were walking too.

It always seemed like I heard new songs for the first time in Crandall, which is only about 45 minutes from Dallas and then it would be a month later when I would hear it in Rockdale.

I bought the album "Chickasaw County Child" and it of course had Billie Joe on it. There's a really cool YouTube of Bobbie Gentry singing "Ode to Billie Joe". Man, that song takes me back.

Jerry Reed sang "East Bound and Down" or the Smokey and the Bandit song as I called it. Of course, that made me want to watch the movie and my snooty movie buff husband turned up his nose.

But hey, Jerry Reed (Cledus), Burt Reynolds (Smokey), Sally Field (Runaway bride way before Julia Roberts) and we can't forget Jackie Gleason (Sherriff Buford T. Justice "What we have here is a complete disrespect for the law"). Who wouldn't want to watch that movie again?

And by the way to all of you other movie snobs out there, Smokey and the Bandit was nominated for an Academy Award and a Golden Globe.

So hmph!

Dottie West sang "Country Sunshine", Willie Nelson sang "Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain" and that reminds me of one of our many trips to Galveston, my Dad and I walking down the beach singing Willie songs. I'll never forget that.

"Brown Eyes Blue" by Crystal Gayle, I will always remember that long hair. Freddy Fender's "Before the Next Teardrop Falls", Ronnie Milsap's "What a Difference You Made In My Life", "Good Hearted Woman" by Waylon and Willie, oh and I can't forget "Jolene" by the one and only Dolly Parton.

Jolene, don't take my man just because you can!

I was wondering if that woman in that song still feels the same way or if she'd pay ol' Jolene now to take him off her hands.

Of course, I wondered that to myself.

Ah, memory lane.


Speaking of good music, this Saturday at Rockdale Jr. High commons, Rising Star Baptist Church is hosting Gospel Explosion 2009 and if you've ever heard their choir, then you know how big of an explosion it will be.

It starts at 7 p.m. and you can get tickets from any church member, at the Rockdale Chamber or at the door.

All proceeds go towards their building fund.

Contact Kathy Cooke at 446-5838 or

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