Ode To Billy Joe

Bobbie Gentry

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 Twas the third of june another sleepy dusty delta day
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 I was out choppin cotton and my brother was balin' hay
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 And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat
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 And Mama hollered out the back door "y'all remember to wipe your feet
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 And then she said "I got some news this mornin' from Choctaw Ridge"
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"Today Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

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 And Papa said to Mama as he passed around the blackeyed peas
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 "Well, Billy Joe never had a lick of sense, pass the biscuits, please"
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 "There's five more acres in the lower forty I've got to plow"
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 And Mama said it was shame about Billy Joe, anyhow
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 Seems like nothin' ever comes to no good up on Choctaw Ridge
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And now Billy Joe MacAllister's jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge

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 And Brother said he recollected when he and Tom and Billie Joe
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 Put a frog down my back at the Carroll County picture show
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 And wasn't I talkin' to him after church last Sunday night?
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 "I'll have another piece of apple pie, you know it don't seem right"
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 "I saw him at the sawmill yesterday on Choctaw Ridge"
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"And now you tell me Billie Joe's jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

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 And Mama said to me "Child, what's happened to your appetite?"
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 "I've been cookin' all morning and you haven't touched a single bite"
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 "That nice young preacher, Brother Taylor, dropped by today"
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 "Said he'd be pleased to have dinner on Sunday, oh, by the way"
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 "He said he saw a girl that looked a lot like you up on Choctaw Ridge"
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"And she and Billy Joe was throwing somethin' off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

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 A year has come 'n' gone since we heard the news 'bout Billy Joe
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 And Brother married Becky Thompson, they bought a store in Tupelo
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 There was a virus going 'round, Papa caught it and he died last Spring
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 And now Mama doesn't seem to wanna do much of anything
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 And me, I spend a lot of time pickin' flowers up on Choctaw Ridge

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And drop them into the muddy water off the Tallahatchie Bridge


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