"Ode to Billy Joe"
Key of F, Common Time "With a beat"
Words and music by Bobbie Gentry
It was the third of June,
Another sleepy, dusty,
I was out choppin' cotton
And my brother was bailin' hay
And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat
And Mama hollered at the back door,
"Y'all remember to wipe your feet."
Then she said,
"I got some news this mornin' from Choctaw Ridge
Today Billy Joe McAllister
Jumped off the Tallahatchee Bridge."