My Girl Bill by Jim Stafford (MGM, 1974)

Subversive and political: 2 words that have never been used to describe Jim Stafford. But when this song was released that may have evoked shades of those thoughts from people. Who would have expected that from a guy who sang about dropping frogs down a chic’s shirt? Or who would later sing about a buddy’s alcoholic dog? The idea was to write something funny and harmless. Actually what Jim did was exploit the fear that America still had against homosexuals in 1974.

Public acceptance of gay men and women was in its very beginning stages in the early 70s. In a world where minorities and women were gaining more equal rights, those that were threatened [straight white male bigots] were wrongly left the feeling that their ‘power’ was slipping away. Their spokesman, Archie Bunker, was confirming that fact for them every Sunday night on CBS. So when a song like My Girl Bill was released, it ended up causing a more of a stir than was intended.

The funny part really is how soft and unassuming the song is as well as the way Jim plainly sings, “ Bill walked me home last night….”. I would think this would work on a 12-year old level, as if it was funny to think of these two guys as boyfriends and then at the end, they’re not. Cause she’s my girl….Bill. Get it? Ha-ha-ha. But I guess the trick worked on lots of the public because the song peaked at #12. I also wonder if Jim subconsciously chose Bill as the guy’s name because the original songwriter for the Temptation’s My Girl was William Robinson aka Smokey.

I also like that Bill’s hands were shaking. Can you not offer this guy an hors d’oeuvre? C’mon man, his blood sugar’s dropping. Or maybe Bill thinks after a few quick games of backgammon, Jim’s gonna rub Parkay all over him and wear his skin like a coat.

That being said, this is the least imbecilic of Jim’s songs. Not as dumb as Cow Patti, but still it’s pretty infantile.

Watch the video and stare at Jim’s psychotic eyes and then have a good laugh to know that it’s 2 guys fighting over a girl, not 2 guys in love. What a relief!

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  1. Jay Pechman

     /  March 19, 2012

    Thanks for your interpretation of this song’s lyrics. I haven’t found much else written about it. Thanks.

  2. Ronk

     /  June 19, 2012

    Great and very clever song.
    Unfortunately it would never be played today as it would be vetoed by the political correctness police.

  3. Wally

     /  March 11, 2013

    I never thought of Bill as a guy. I just thought of the song as a response to “A Boy Named Sue”.

  4. I’m also guessing that Jim is on some meds in the video – he clearly has a cold you can hear.

  5. i never doubted that this song was about two guys competing for the same woman. ——- how could anyone with half a brain read the total song lyrics and conclude anything else ???

  6. Steve Sausen

     /  August 10, 2015

    I remember when this song came out in 1974 I love the music but I hate the fucking retarded words it confused me so much I couldn’t understand it and I still don’t.

    • Geez

       /  December 16, 2015

      You seem very upset about this. The point of the song is that for the first 2/3 of it the lyrics make the listener think the singer and Bill are in love with each other. The punch line being…oh forget it. I guess not every 12 year old could understand it after all.

      • Johnr Roberts

         /  June 22, 2020

        Only an American would think that way (homosexual inferences). Australians NEVER thought of it like that, otherwise, I tell you, it would NEVER have hit Top Ten in their charts! It’s a GREAT song (for an almost-cover of the Temptations ‘My Girl’).

  7. Linda

     /  February 3, 2022

    I think it’s interesting that he throws in my LITTLE girl at the end. Maybe he’s the father telling his daughter’s suitor to scram???

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