Down in the Boondocks by Billy Joe Royal

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Down in the Boondocks by Billy Joe Royal

Billy Joe Royal Down in the Boondocks

Rock

The song “Down in the Boondocks” was written by Billy Joe Royal’s friend singer-songwriter-guitarist Joe South. Billy Joe Royal recorded it, and in 1965, the song went to #9 on the Billboard Hot 100 and was in the top 40 in the U.K. Billy Joe Royal also has the song on his 1965 album Down in the Boondocks. Royal gives an great performance to this story about a  poor boy and rich girl  who love each other but can’t yet overcome the strictures society puts on them and have to meet in secret. Although her father is his boss, the singer believes he will overcome the poverty of his background. The session musicians for the recording were Reggie Young (electric guitar), Bill Hullett (acoustic guitar) Sam Levin (horns), Clayton Ivey (piano ), Bob Wray (six string bass), and Greg Morrow (drums).

Billy Joe Royal was born in Valdosta, Georgia, on April 3, 1942. He sang in both the rock and roll and country genres. He had charting success with “I Knew You When, “Hush,” “Yo-Yo,” and “Cherry Hill Park.” He also had country hits with “Burned Like a Rocket,” “I’ll Pin a Note on Your Pillow,” “Tell It Like It is,” and “Till I Can’t Take it Anymore.”  Royal toured and performed for many decades. He also acted in the 2013 film Billy The Kid. He died in his sleep on October 6, 2015.

Here are the lyrics to “Down in the Boondocks” by Billy Joe Royal:

“Down in the boondocks
Down in the boondocks
People put me down ’cause
That’s the side of town I was born in
I love her she loves me but
I don’t fit in her society
Lord have mercy on the boy from down in the boondocks
Ev’ry night I watch the lights from the house up on the hill
I love a little girl that lives up there and I guess I always will
But I don’t dare knock on her door
‘Cause her daddy is my boss man
So I just  have to try to be content

To see her whenever I can
Down in the boondocks
Down in the boondocks
People put me down ’cause
That’s the side of town I was born in
I love her she loves me but I don’t fit in her society
Lord have mercy on the boy from down in the boondocks
Down in the boondocks
Down in the boondocks
One fine day I’ll find the way to move from this old shack
I’ll hold my head up like a king and I never never will look back
Until that morning I’ll work and slave
And I’ll save ev’ry dime
But tonight she’ll have to steal away
To see me one more time
Down in the boondocks
Down in the boondocks
People put me down ’cause
That’s the side of town I was born in
I love her she loves me but I don’t fit in her society
Lord have mercy on the boy from down in the boondocks
Lord have mercy on the boy from down in the boondocks
Lord have mercy on the boy from down in the boondocks”

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