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Bobbie Gentry - Ode to billy joe



It was the third of June,

another sleepy dusty delta day.

I was out choppin' cotton and

my brother was bailin' hay.

Then at dinnertime we stopped

and walked back to the house to eat.

And mama hollard out the back door

"Ya'll remember to wipe your feet."

Then she said "I got some news this mornin'

from Choctaw Ridge.

Today Billy Joe McAllister

jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge."

Papa said to mama

as he passed the black-eyed peas,

"Oh, Billy Joe never had a lick of sense,

pass the buiscuts please.

There's five more acres in the lower forty

I gotta plow."

And mama said it was shame

about Billy Joe anyhow.

Seems like nothing ever comes to any good

up on Choctaw Ridge.

And now Billy Joe McAllister's

jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge.

Then brother said he recollected

when him and Tom and Billy Joe.

Put a frog down my back

at the Carol County picture show.

And wasn't I talkin' to him

after church last sunday night?

"I'll have another piece of apple pie

you know, it don't seem right."

I saw him at the sawmill yesterday

on Choctaw Ridge,

And now you tell me Billy Joe's

jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge.

Mama said to me "Child,

what's happened to your appitite?

I've been cooking all morning

and you havn't touched a single bite.

That nice young preacher, Brother Taylor,

dropped by today.

Said he'd be pleased to have dinner

sunday, oh by the way -

he said he saw a girl who looked

a lot like you, up on Choctaw Ridge.

And she and Billy Joe was throwing something

off the Tallahatchie Bridge."

A year has come and gone

since we heard the news 'bout Billy Joe.

And brother married Becky Thompson and

they bought a store in Tupelo.

There was a virus goin' 'round and papa caught it

and he died last spring.

And now mama doesn't seem to wanna do

much of anything.

And me, I spend a lot of time pickin' flowers

up on Choctaw Ridge.

And drop them in to the muddy water




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