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"Harper Valley P.T.A." Lyrics

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(Tom T. Hall)

I want to tell you all a story
'Bout a Harper Valley widowed wife
Who had a teenage daughter
that attended Harper Valley Junior High
Well, her daughter came home one afternoon
And didn't even stop to play
And she said "Mom, I got a note here
From the Harper Valley PTA."

Well, the note said "Mrs. Johnson
You're wearing your dresses way to high
It's reported you've been drinking
And running 'round with men and going wild
Now we don't believe you ought to be
A bringing up your little girl this way."
And it was signed by the
Secretary, Harper Valley PTA."

Well, it happened that the PTA
Was gonna meet that very afternoon
And boy were the sure surprised
When Mrs. Johnson wore her miniskirt into the room
And as she walked up to the blackboard
I can still recall the words she had to say
She said "I'd like to address this meeting
Of the Harper Valley PTA."

"Now, there's Bobby Taylor sitting there
And 7 times he's asked me for a date.
And Mrs. Taylor sure seems to use a lot of ice
Whenever he's away.
And Mr. Baker can you tell us
Why your secretary had to leave this town?
And shouldn't Widowed Jones be told
To keep her window shades all pulled completely down?"

"Now, Mr. Harper couldn't be here
'Cause he stayed too long at Kelley's Bar again
And if you smell Shirley Thompson's breath
you'll find she's had a little nip of gin
And then you have the nerve to tell me
As a mother you think that I ain't fit?
Well, this is just a little Payton Place
And you're all Harper Valley Hypocrites."

Now, I wouldn't put you on because
It really did, happen just this way
That day my momma socked it to 'em
At the Harper Valley PTA.

That day my momma socked it to 'em
At the Harper Valley PTA...
song info:
Verified yes
GenrePop, Country
Copyright ©Warner Chappell Music
WriterTom T. Hall
Lyrics licensed byLyricFind
Last updatedMarch 6th, 2022

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