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Lyrics by: Bobbie Gentry
# Debut Chart
1 Aug '67 Hot 100
17 Sep '67 Country
7 Sep '67 Adult Contemp
54 Jul '76 Hot 100


It was the third of June Another sleepy, dusty Delta day I was out chopping cotton And my brother was baling 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 morning From Choctaw Ridge Today Billy Joe MacAllister Jumped off the Tallahatchie 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 nothing 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 talking 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

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And Mama said to me, child What's happened to your appetite I've been cooking 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 Something off the Tallahatchie Bridge A year has come and 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 Picking flowers up on Choctaw Ridge And drop them into the muddy water Off the Tallahatchie Bridge


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