Sunday Music – Blanket on The Ground

Posted on Sun 10/01/2017 by

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Today’s music video is Blanket On The Ground and the song is performed here by the American Country Music singer Billie Jo Spears.

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These days, when it comes to music from any genre, it seems that nothing is really off limits. Sometimes, the lyrics may be sexual in nature, and are completely out in the open, sometimes even with language that you could not have gotten away with years ago, and it even gets played on (some) radio stations. While now, it is almost routine to hear lyrics which leave absolutely nothing to the imagination, from some bands and singers, both male and female, it is really nothing new when it comes to popular music from most genres. The only real difference is that in earlier times, there was more suggestion in the lyrics, and it was left to your own imagination as to what was ‘really’ being said in the lyrics to the song.

Such is the case with this song I have selected for today’s Music Post.

This song is Blanket On The Ground, and it is being sung here by Billie Jo Spears, and it was her biggest hit, released in 1975, when it was still unacceptable to have song lyrics as blatant as they may be today.

Billie Jo Spears was no real newcomer to the Country Music scene, as she had already been around for quite a while, starting her career in the 50s, and then a more recent and larger career in the late 60s. At that later time, her first major release was in 1968, and that song was the Tom T Hall written smash hit Harper Valley PTA. Billie Jo released the Single as her new platform, only to be beaten to the release date by a couple of weeks by the Jeannie C Riley version of the song, which became an absolute Monster Hit for Riley, and the Billie Jo Spears version virtually sank without trace. That Jeannie C Riley version became a Huge Number One hit all across the World, not just on Country Charts but also crossing over to top the Mainstream Charts as well, and in fact that Jeannie C Riley version was the first time a female singer topped both the Country and the Mainstream Charts in the U.S. at the same time with the same song, something which was not repeated until 1981, when Dolly Parton did it with 9 To 5.

While Billie Jo Spears missed out with that particular song, her career was still quite good. The following year she had a solid Country Hit with Mr. Walker It’s All Over, which of itself was a timely song for the time it was released, telling in the lyrics how a secretary quit work for not being appreciated for her skills, and also because she was being sexually harassed by her boss.

She had a further four hits over the next few years on the Country Charts, before she was dropped by her Record Label. Signed by a new label, she released this song I have featured today in 1975.

The song was written by Roger Bowling, and is sung from the perspective of a married middle aged woman who thinks back to a time when she and her husband were in the first flush of their love, and how she wishes for that same thing to happen again, how they couldn’t wait to get that blanket, and lay it out in the open at night and make love in the moonlight.

The song was her only Number One Hit on the Country Charts and was a minor hit crossing over onto the Mainstream Charts in the U.S. while in the UK, it was a Top Five Hit on the Pop Charts.

While this may have been her only Number One Hit, she still had a long and successful career, and regularly sung live up until 2010.

At the time we first heard songs like this back in the 70s and even earlier, we may perhaps have been a little surprised at the lyrics, but at least we had to think about it for ourselves, and it wasn’t like it is today, so blatantly obvious. Even though this song is from 1975, when perhaps we were become a little more enlightened, suggestive lyrics are indeed nothing new, and they go back almost to the beginning of music itself, and from most musical genres as well, and it may even have been more prevalent in Country Music itself. It’s just that back then, we weren’t even thinking along those lines. We just loved the music and the song for what it was. If it was good, we loved it, and if it was average, then that too was reflected in the way that the song charted or didn’t chart. We didn’t need to be told so blatantly what it was actually about. We actually had to think about it.

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