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Obit:Billie Sol Estes-American Original(1925-2013)

catspaw49 14 May 13 - 04:40 PM
Ebbie 14 May 13 - 05:36 PM
Greg F. 14 May 13 - 06:01 PM
GUEST,Guest from Sanity 14 May 13 - 07:14 PM
Greg F. 15 May 13 - 09:32 AM
EBarnacle 15 May 13 - 06:57 PM
GUEST,Gerry 15 May 13 - 10:45 PM
EBarnacle 15 May 13 - 11:10 PM
Jim Dixon 22 Jun 13 - 07:02 PM
catspaw49 22 Jun 13 - 09:03 PM
GUEST,Gerry 22 Jun 13 - 10:48 PM
JJ 23 Jun 13 - 09:23 AM
GUEST,Gerry 23 Jun 13 - 08:33 PM
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Subject: Obit: Billie Sol Estes-American Original
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 May 13 - 04:40 PM

One of my favorite people and an American original. The song posted below from the Mitchell Trio wasn't all that far from reality. He once said that when you were deep in debt to your creditor, the ceased to be a creditor and became a partner. In Billie's case his biggest partner was the US government.

He was also a wack job extraordinaire who once planned to have huge flocks of parakeets promote Adlai Stevenson...http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=861&dat=19741215&id=OwtaAAAAIBAJ&sjid=dUsNAAAAIBAJ&pg=6508%2C2918359

What a guy........and yeah, he had to be Texan!

ALL ABOUT BILLIE!!!

THE EYES OF TEXAS

You've heard how us folks down in Texas
Boast of our home in the West
You've heard us a-sayin' in Texas
That things are the biggest and best

Well a few months ago in the papers
A fabulous story come out
Which proves that us folks down in Texas
Know what we're talking about

Here's to a guy with a big Texas smile
Who knows what it means to have real Texas style
Here's to a fella who couldn't think small
Here's to the biggest embezzler of all!

Sol Estes Billie Sol Estes, we're proud of you son
(Hey Billie Billie, hey Billie Billie Billie!)
You had to be Texan to do what you done
(Hey Billie Billie, hey Billie Billie Sol!)
While other kids saved up their nickels and dimes
For jellybeans, liq'rice, and fudge,
Well Billie saved too
And when he had enough
He bought him a federal judge!
While still in his teens he was very perplexed
as to what field his fortune was hid
His uncle suggested he go into steel
And that's just what Billie boy did!

Billie Sol Estes, that boy really cooks
(Hey Billie Billie, hey Billie Billie Billie!)
He had one shining purpose
And two sets of books
(Hey Billie Billie, hey Billie Billie Sol!)

There once was a senator Bill tried to bribe
So Bill had a wonderful notion
Oh, what a friend we have in Billie!
He sent him a yacht but that wasn't enough
So Billie boy threw in an ocean!

Billie Sol Estes, we're proud of you mate
(Hey Billie Billie, hey Billie Billie Billie!)
It's hombres like you that make Texas so great
(Hey Billie Billie, hey Billie Billie Sol!)
B is for the billions he's been bilkin'
Good ole billion bilkin' Billie!
I is to indemnify his loss
They use a lot of ammonia up there, Billie —
That's why they call it the White House.
L is for the loans from Uncle Sammy
Why, thank ye, Freeman Cousin Orville!
Then double L just like in double cross
I is for the interest he's accruin'
Praise the Lord and pass the fertilizer, Billie!
E is for the eggheads he outsmarts
Put them all together, you've got Billie Sol
Whose initials are emblazed on our hearts:
B.
S.

Billie Sol Estes, we're proud of you boy
(Hey Billie Billie, hey Billie Billie Billie!)
Next to you Jimmy Hoffa is Lord Fauntleroy
(Hey Billie Billie, hey Billie Billie Sol!)
Now they're gonna take Billie away to the clink
And the way things look now it appears
For all of the wheelin' and dealin' he's done
He'll get three thousand four hundred years

Counterpoint:
Oh, give me land, lots of land,
Under starry skies above
Don't fence me in
Let me ride through the wide open country that I love —

And the day they lead old Billie away
Why, each Texan will take off his hat
For who but a Texan
In all this wide world
Could pull down a sentence like that?

Billie Sol Estes, you're really a doll
(Hey Billie Billie, hey Billie Billie Billie!)
There's Houston Houston — and Crockett Crockett —
And now Billie Sol!
And remember, Billie boy,
We're behind you all the way —
Me and Bird Johnson Ladybug —
Hey Billie Billie, hey Billie Sol Estes!



Spaw


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Subject: RE: Obit: Billie Sol Estes-American Original
From: Ebbie
Date: 14 May 13 - 05:36 PM

I remember Billie Sol Estes very well- although I didn't know he was still alive!

Now, for Bernie Madoff...


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Subject: Lyr Add: BALLAD OF BILLIE SOL (Phil Ochs)
From: Greg F.
Date: 14 May 13 - 06:01 PM

The Ballad Of Billie Sol
Phil Ochs

Billie Sol was a man from the giant Texas land
He put the Chamber of Commerce on a limb
They voted him the best And the government did no less
Until the I.O.U.'s of Texas fell on him.

CHORUS: Stand tall, Billie Sol, we don't know you at all
We've taken down your pictures from the wall
Well, we don't want to handle an agriculture scandal
We have got to face elections in the fall

I remember when Bill had influential friends
He celebrated Christmas every day
He filled Texas banks with his fertilizer tanks
Influential friends don't die they only fade away

CH

The Democrats deny And Orville Freeman sighs
He said "Everyone around was fair and square"
But he was no more convincing than Ezra Taft Benson
As resignations cropped up everywhere

CH

And now I'd like to say that crime sure doesn't pay
But if you want to make some money on the sly
Well you can always rent the U.S. Government
It's the best one that money can buy.


CH


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Subject: RE: Obit: Billie Sol Estes-American Original
From: GUEST,Guest from Sanity
Date: 14 May 13 - 07:14 PM

Gotta love Phil Ochs!!
Funny, when I say the same thing, I get pinned as 'The Bad Guy'!!

GfS


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Subject: RE: Obit:Billie Sol Estes-American Original(1925-2013)
From: Greg F.
Date: 15 May 13 - 09:32 AM

You've never "said the same thing". And Phil would have recognized you for the idiot that you are.


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Subject: RE: Obit:Billie Sol Estes-American Original(1925-2013)
From: EBarnacle
Date: 15 May 13 - 06:57 PM

From Alan Sherman--

Oh, where have you been, Billie Sol. Billie Sol;
Oh, where have you been, charming Billie?
[line missing]
And spent it on fertilizer which is silly!


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Subject: RE: Obit:Billie Sol Estes-American Original(1925-2013)
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 15 May 13 - 10:45 PM

The Allan Sherman lyrics go

Oh what have you done, Billy Sol, Billy Sol.
Oh what have you done, charming Billy.
You took almost every cent
From the U.S. Government,
Which you spent on fertilizer, which is silly.

according to http://dmdb.org/lyrics/sherman.celebrity.html#11


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Subject: RE: Obit:Billie Sol Estes-American Original(1925-2013)
From: EBarnacle
Date: 15 May 13 - 11:10 PM

Actually, Ebbie, he's not but he was.
Thanks, Gerry.


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Subject: RE: Obit:Billie Sol Estes-American Original(1925-2013)
From: Jim Dixon
Date: 22 Jun 13 - 07:02 PM

The song that Spaw posted above was actually called "THE IDES OF TEXAS (AND DON'T FENCE ME IN)." It was credited to Fred Ebb / Cole Porter and appeared on the album "Blowin' in the Wind" (1962) by the Chad Mitchell Trio (not the Mitchell Trio, which is what the trio was called after Chad Mitchell left and was replaced by John Denver in 1965). It is also on "The Best of the Chad Mitchell Trio" (1963).


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Subject: RE: Obit:Billie Sol Estes-American Original(1925-2013)
From: catspaw49
Date: 22 Jun 13 - 09:03 PM

All true. I'd forgotten it was "Ides" and although I was a huge fan I always thought the name change crap was pretty meaningless at least to me. Sorry.....


Spaw


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Subject: RE: Obit:Billie Sol Estes-American Original(1925-2013)
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 22 Jun 13 - 10:48 PM

Jim, presumably Fred Ebb was responsible for The Ides, and Cole Porter for Don't Fence. Also, the trio dropped "Chad" from their name two albums before Chad left them.


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Subject: RE: Obit:Billie Sol Estes-American Original(1925-2013)
From: JJ
Date: 23 Jun 13 - 09:23 AM

Fred Ebb? For some reason I never noticed the lyrics to this ditty had been written by the man who wrote "Cabaret," among other musicals, with John Kander.


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Subject: RE: Obit:Billie Sol Estes-American Original(1925-2013)
From: GUEST,Gerry
Date: 23 Jun 13 - 08:33 PM

JJ, the Mitchell Trio also recorded A Dying Business, by Norman Martin and Fred Ebb, on their Slightly Irreverent album, and What Kind Of Life Is That, by Martin & Ebb, on That's The Way It's Gonna Be.


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Subject: RE: Obit:Billie Sol Estes-American Original(1925-2013)
From: JJ
Date: 24 Jun 13 - 08:03 AM

Yes, I have all those LPs. But somehow I missed Fred Ebb!


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Subject: RE: Obit:Billie Sol Estes-American Original(1925-2013)
From: Ron Davies
Date: 25 Jun 13 - 12:43 AM

"deep in debt".   And he was right about that.    See current US-China relations.


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Subject: RE: Obit:Billie Sol Estes-American Original(1925-2013)
From: Ron Davies
Date: 25 Jun 13 - 12:46 AM

But he certainly is a blast from the past.    Somehow he seems to come from prehistory--it seems that long ago.


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