We realize Billy Gillespie had one of college basketball’s best jobs at
University of Kentucky. The most fans, the biggest strictly
basketball arena, huge tradition, yes, but we didn’t think he’d get so
distraught over losing his job that he’d jump off the Kentucky River
We were even more surprised to find someone already wrote a ballad about it.
It was the 28th of March, another overcast, dreary Kentucky da-ayyy.
I was feedin’ horses and my brother, bailin’ ha-ayyy.
When Mama hollered, had some news…taped upon the fri-idge
That Billy Clyde Gillispie… jumped off the Kentucky Bri-dge.
The Kentucky River Bridge… near the Palisades
I remember it cuz… it’s where my cousin wades.
Billy Clyde Gillispie jumped off the Kentucky River Bridge.
Billy Clyde Gillispie, fired by the… Wild Caa-ats
He once had promise… so much, I just said “Drats”
He was born down in Texas… in the town of Abilene
Son of Clyde and Winnie, cutest boy… they had ever seen
But Billy Clyde Gillispie jumped off that Kentucky River Bridge
Near the junction of the Palisades… where it makes a ridge.
That’s where Billy Clyde Gillispie jumped off the river bridge
Then Papa said to Mama as she passed the pecan pie
Why, Billy Clyde never had a lick of sense, did he die?
Ashley Judd, she wept… so did a kid named Midge
When they heard Billy Clyde Gillispie jumped off the river bridge
It’s all the talk among the ladies… at the Idle Hour… Country Club
They said there were a lot of folks in town that badly … he did rub
Couldn’t win same games he should be including… Gardner-Webb
Expected to do better by all Kentucky fans… even Jeb
He worked long hours, never shopped for groceries, no food… in his fri-idge
But never thought he’d be so down…as to jump off the Kentucky River Bri-idge.
After all, he had a six million dollar buyout clause…that’s a lot… even today
Lots of reasons not to river jump, I’m sayin’ …that’s what I say
With that much loot… you can rest and buy… lots of jewels
That’s what I thought when Mama yelled to me “April Fools!”
“Darn, Mama” I said to her… that’s when I knew… Mama rules!