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Ode To Billy Joe (chromatic)

Bobby Gentry

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By: Bobby Gentry
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It was the third of June, 
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An-oth-er sleep-y, dust-y Del-ta  day 
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I was out chop-pin' cot-ton 
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and my broth-er was bal-in'  hay 
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And at din-ner time we stopped and walked 
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back to the house to  eat 
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And Ma-ma hol-lered at the back door 
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"y'all re-mem-ber to wipe your   feet" 
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Then she said "I got some news this morn-in'  
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from Choc-taw Ridge" 
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"To-day Bil-ly Joe Mac-Al-lis-ter 
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jumped off the Tal-la-hat-chie Bridge" 

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

And Brother said he recollected 
when he and Tom and Billie Joe 
Put a frog down my back at the 
Carroll 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 Billie Joe's 
jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge" 

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

A year has come 'n' gone since we heard the news 
'bout Billy Joe 
And Brother married Becky Thompson, 
they bought a store in Tupelo 
There was a virus going 'round, 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 into the muddy water 
off the Tallahatchie Bridge

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