Billy Dee
Kris Kristofferson Lyrics


Billy Dee was seventeen when he turned twenty-one
Fooling with some foolish things he could've left alone
But he had to try to satisfy a thirst he couldn't name
Driven towards the darkness by the devil in his veins

All around the honky tonks, searching for a sign
Gettin' by on gettin' high on women, words and wine
Some folks called him crazy, Lord, and others called him free
But we just called us lucky for the love of Billy Dee
Busy goin' his own way and speakin' his own words
Facin' and forgettin' every warnin' that he heard
Makin' friends and takin' any crazy chance he could
Gettin' busted for the bad times and believin' in the good

Billy took a beatin' from a world, he meant no harm
The score was written in the scars up on his arm
Some felt he was payin' for the life he tried to lead
But all we felt was sorry for our good friend Billy Dee

It may be his soul was bigger than a body's oughta be
Singin' songs and bringin' laughter to the likes of you and me
'Cause the world he saw was sadder than the one he hoped to find
But it wasn't near as lonesome as the one he left behind

Yesterday they found him on the floor of his hotel
Reachin' towards the needle, Lord, that drove him down to Hell
Some folks called it suicide, others blame the speed
But we all called it crucified when Billy Dee O.D.'d

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Written by: KRIS KRISTOFFERSON

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lars253

Billy Dee was seventeen when he turned twenty-one
Fooling with some foolish things he could've left alone
But he had to try to satisfy a thirst he couldn't name
Driven toward the darkness by the devils in his veins

All around the honky-tonks, searching for a sign
Gettin' by on gettin' high on women, words and wine
Some folks called him crazy, Lord, and others called him free
But we just called us lucky for the love of Billy Dee

Busy goin' his own way and speakin' his own words
Facin' and forgettin' every warnin' that he heard
Makin' friends and takin' any crazy chance he could
Gettin' busted for the bad times and believin' in the good

Billy took a beatin' from a world he meant no harm
The score was written in the scars upon his arm
Some felt he was payin' for the life he tried to lead
But all we felt was sorry for our good friend Billy Dee

It may be his soul was bigger than a body's ought to be
Singin' songs and bringin' laughter to the likes of you and me
'Cause the world he saw was sadder than the one he hoped to find
But it wasn't near as lonesome as the one he left behind

Yesterday they found him on the floor of his hotel
Reachin' toward the needle, Lord, that drove him down to hell
Some folks called it suicide, others blame the speed
But we just called it crucified when Billy Dee O.D.'d



All comments from YouTube:

Holly Holy

I absolutely love the opening line "Billy Dee was 17 when he turned 21" ..... it so eloquently describes the  anguish of young men who want to be adults but don't quite understand the difference between age and maturity.

Peggy Burke

Why isn’t Kris more famous? It’s a shame people haven’t heard these great songs. Kris wrote about me. Love this!

WISH STAR

One stops maturing at the age they start using. If you start drinking & drugging at age 15, you pretty much stay that age emotionally until you sober up. Could last 70+ yrs.

blueputtee

Write one verse today ,bang it around and recite it six times and you got a hit and Kris writes six verses for one song,now that's talent.

0217ldp

When I took a class in college on literary techniques, I understood why Kris' songs sounded so great. "Getting busted for the bad times and believing in the good"? There's a name for what he's doing-he must have taken the same course (JK). Getting by on getting high on women words and wine? Of the people, for the people and by the people is another literary technique

Dale W Miller

The story of my kid brother, gone 10 years now.

brandontodd14

One of the toughest things in the world.

TimEvans64

Shouldn't be that way brother.

MrFlatroofer

Sad for you .

manufacturing defect

Sorry about your loss

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