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    "Ode to Billie Joe" Lyrics

    Tammy Wynette

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    (Bobbie Gentry)

    It was the third of June
    Another sleepy dusty Delta day
    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 out the backdoor
    Y'all remember to wipe your feet.

    And then she said I got the news
    This mornin' from Choctaw Ridge
    Today Billie Joe Macallister's
    Jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge.

    Papa said to mama as he
    Passed around the black eyed peas
    Well, Billie Joe never had a lick of sense
    Pass the biscuits if you please.

    There's five more acres
    In the lower forty I got to plow
    And mama said it was a shame
    About Billie Joe anyhow.

    Seems like nothing ever comes
    To no good upon Choctaw Ridge
    And now Billie Joe Macallister's
    Jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge.

    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
    Up on Choctaw Ridge
    And now you tell me Billie Joe
    Has jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge.

    Mama said to me child
    What's happened to your apetite
    Well, I've been cookin' all mornin'
    And you haven't touched a single bite.

    That nice young preacher
    Brother Tailor 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 upon Choctaw Ridge
    She and Billie Joe was throwin'
    Somethin' off the Tallahatchie Bridge.

    One year has come and gone
    Since we heard the news about Billie Joe
    Brother married Becky Thompson
    And they bought a store in Tupelo.

    There was virus goin' round
    Papa caught it and he died last spring
    And now mama doesn't seem to want
    To do much of anything.

    And me, I spent a lot of time
    Pickin' flowers upon Chotaw Ridge
    And dropped 'em into the
    Muddy water off the Tallahatchie Bridge...
    This song was submitted on January 12th, 2005 and last modified on October 18th, 2016.
    Thanks to GeeWhiz for the contribution to this song.
    Copyright with Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group.
    Written by BOBBIE GENTRY.
    Lyrics licensed by LyricFind.

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