Ode To Billy Joe Bobbie Gentry
[D7]Twas the third of june another sleepy dusty delta day
[D7]I was out choppin cotton and my brother was balin' hay
[G7]And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat
[D7]And Mama hollered out the back door "y'all remember to wipe your feet
[G7]And then she said "I got some news this mornin' from Choctaw Ridge"
"Today Bill[D7]y Joe MacAllister jumped[C7] off the Tallahatchie [D7]Bridge"
[D7]And Papa said to Mama as he passed around the blackeyed peas
[D7]"Well, Billy Joe never had a lick of sense, pass the biscuits, please"
[G7]"There's five more acres in the lower forty I've got to plow"
[D7]And Mama said it was shame about Billy Joe, anyhow
[G7]Seems like nothin' ever comes to no good up on Choctaw Ridge
And now Billy[D7] Joe MacAllister's jumpe[C7]d off the Tallahatchie[D7] Bridge
[D7]And Brother said he recollected when he and Tom and Billie Joe
[D7]Put a frog down my back at the Carroll County picture show
[G7]And wasn't I talkin' to him after church last Sunday night?
[D7]"I'll have another piece of apple pie, you know it don't seem right"
[G7]"I saw him at the sawmill yesterday on Choctaw Ridge"
"And now you tell[D7] me Billie Joe's jumped[C7] off the Tallahatchie[D7] Bridge"
[D7]And Mama said to me "Child, what's happened to your appetite?"
[D7]"I've been cookin' all morning and you haven't touched a single bite"
[G7]"That nice young preacher, Brother Taylor, dropped by today"
[D7]"Said he'd be pleased to have dinner on Sunday, oh, by the way"
[G7]"He said he saw a girl that looked a lot like you up on Choctaw Ridge"
"And she and Bil[D7]ly Joe was throwing somethin'[C7] off the Tallahatchie[D7] Bridge"
[D7]A year has come 'n' gone since we heard the news 'bout Billy Joe
[D7]And Brother married Becky Thompson, they bought a store in Tupelo
[G7]There was a virus going 'round, Papa caught it and he died last Spring
[D7]And now Mama doesn't seem to wanna do much of anything
[G7]And me, I spend a lot of time pickin' flowers up on Choctaw Ridge
And drop them [D7]into the muddy water o[C7]ff the Tallahatchie [D7]Bridge