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Billie Ray

by Andy Ditzler

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Composed, arranged and produced by Andy Ditzler

Official music video: youtu.be/A4wsbPjUioA


Billie honey, get out of bed
There’s a vision in my head
Summer’s gone, October’s on the way
And there’s something that I’ve just got to say

Billie I appreciate
Your attempts to separate
Work from pleasure from
Something approaching love

You’ve been like a dad to me
You messed me up, you set me free
I’m not used to making the first move
But now it’s

Bye bye Billie, bye bye Billie, bye bye
I know that you won’t cry
‘Cause you’ve got too much love to share
You drew the circle wide
The summer was oh so splendid
Went on forever, then it ended
Bye bye Billie, bye bye Billie, bye bye

Look in the mirror as I shave
There’s still a world left to save
Ticket’s booked, toothbrush in the case
The passport says somewhere there’s a place

You killed me with a grin
Ruined everything, you let me win
No one ever treated me so kind
But now it’s

Bye bye Billie, bye bye Billie, bye bye
The leaves are drifting by
And you’ve got too much love to share
You drew the circle wide
Boyfriend, girlfriend, what’s the score
It only makes me want you more but
Bye bye Billie, bye bye Billie, bye bye

It’s not just your body, Billie
I’m taking all of you with me

I’ve been to hell with the sheriff’s crew
I’ve been to heaven next to you
There’s no place left for me now but New York

When we learn to be free
When there are words for you and me
And when our excuses won’t suffice
Til then it’s

Bye bye Billie, bye bye Billie, bye bye
Call me when you get tired of
Married men from the Capitol
Parts seven, eight and nine
And one lucky day we’ll meet
At the other end of Cypress Street
Til then

Bye bye Billie, you’re the one I adore
Leaving hurts, staying hurts more
Bye Billie, bye bye Billie, bye bye

Vampires on the street tonight
Showing up for another bite

Call me, text, send some mail
So I know you’re not in jail


released December 4, 2020
Piano, Vocal, Caixa, Timbão: Andy Ditzler
Surdo, Caixa, Timbão: Rafael Pereira
Acoustic bass: Robby Handley
Electric bass: Eliot Eidelman
Acoustic guitars: Adron and Eliot Eidelman
Electric guitar: Colin Bragg
Mandolin: Ben Price
Cavaco: João Marcelo Selhane
Trombone: Wes Funderburk
Trumpet: Ken Watters
Saxophones: Will Scruggs

Recorded in Atlanta by Will Loftin at Exocet Studio, Martin Kearns at 800 East, and Ben Price at Studi Laroche
Cavaco recorded in Porto Alegre, Brazil by Marcelo Fruet at Estúdio-12 Experiênciasonora
Mixed by Ben Price
Mastered by Daniel Eaton at Little Castle Mastering

Music and Lyrics copyright 2007 Andy Ditzler
Sound recording copyright 2018 Andy Ditzler

Released February 2019
by Frequent Small Meals


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Andy Ditzler Atlanta, Georgia

Andy Ditzler is a composer, curator, and artist. Trained as a musician at Indiana University, he has composed and performed in contexts ranging from classical and jazz to free improvisation, rock. and live theater. His first CD Songs from Yes and No was followed by the single Solstice, with a music video by filmmaking legend George Kuchar. ... more

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