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Ode To Billy Joe Bobbie Gentry
[E7]Twas the third of june another sleepy dusty delta day
[E7]I was out choppin cotton and my brother was balin' hay
[A7]And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat
[E7]And Mama hollered out the back door "y'all remember to wipe your feet
[A7]And then she said "I got some news this mornin' from Choctaw Ridge"
"Today Bill[E7]y Joe MacAllister jumped[B7] off the Tallahatchie [E7]Bridge"
[E7]And Papa said to Mama as he passed around the blackeyed peas
[E7]"Well, Billy Joe never had a lick of sense, pass the biscuits, please"
[A7]"There's five more acres in the lower forty I've got to plow"
[E7]And Mama said it was shame about Billy Joe, anyhow
[A7]Seems like nothin' ever comes to no good up on Choctaw Ridge
And now Billy[E7] Joe MacAllister's jumpe[B7]d off the Tallahatchie[E7] Bridge
[E7]And Brother said he recollected when he and Tom and Billie Joe
[E7]Put a frog down my back at the Carroll County picture show
[A7]And wasn't I talkin' to him after church last Sunday night?
[E7]"I'll have another piece of apple pie, you know it don't seem right"
[A7]"I saw him at the sawmill yesterday on Choctaw Ridge"
"And now you tell[E7] me Billie Joe's jumped[B7] off the Tallahatchie[E7] Bridge"
[E7]And Mama said to me "Child, what's happened to your appetite?"
[E7]"I've been cookin' all morning and you haven't touched a single bite"
[A7]"That nice young preacher, Brother Taylor, dropped by today"
[E7]"Said he'd be pleased to have dinner on Sunday, oh, by the way"
[A7]"He said he saw a girl that looked a lot like you up on Choctaw Ridge"
"And she and Bil[E7]ly Joe was throwing somethin'[B7] off the Tallahatchie[E7] Bridge"
[E7]A year has come 'n' gone since we heard the news 'bout Billy Joe
[E7]And Brother married Becky Thompson, they bought a store in Tupelo
[A7]There was a virus going 'round, Papa caught it and he died last Spring
[E7]And now Mama doesn't seem to wanna do much of anything
[A7]And me, I spend a lot of time pickin' flowers up on Choctaw Ridge
And drop them [E7]into the muddy water o[B7]ff the Tallahatchie [E7]Bridge