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Ode To Billie Joe Lyrics By Bobbie Gentry

    it was the third of june another sleepy dusty delta day
    i was out choppin’ cotton and my brother was balin’ hay
    and at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat
    and mama hollered out the back door y’all remember to wipe your feet
    and then she said i got some news this mornin’ from choctaw ridge
    today billie joe macallister jumped off the tallahatchie

    and papa said to mama as he passed around the blackeyed peas
    well billie 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 billie joe anyhow
    seems like nothin’ ever comes to no good up on choctaw ridge
    and now billie joe macallister’s jumped off the tallahatchie

    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 piecea 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

    mama said to me child what’s happened to your appetite
    i’ve been cookin’ all mornin’ 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 billie joe was throwin’ somethin’ off the tallahatchie

    a year has come and gone since we heard the news ’bout billie 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 want to 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

    Artist: Bobbie Gentry

    Year: 1967

    Decade: 60s

    Language: en

    Word Count: 197