Ode to Billy Joe Karaoke - Bobbie Gentry

This title is a cover of Ode to Billy Joe as made famous by Bobbie Gentry

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Tempo: 117.87 BPM

In the same key as the original: D

Duration: 04:22 - Preview at: 01:46

Release date: 1967
Genres: Country, In English
Original songwriter: Bobbie Gentry

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Lyrics Ode to Billy Joe

It was the third of June another sleepy dusty delta day
I was out choppin' cotton and my brother was balin' hay
And at dinnertime we stopped and walked back to the house to eat
And mama hollered at the back door
Ya'll remember to wipe your feet
And then she said
I got some news this morning from Choctaw Ridge
Today Billy Joe
McAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge
And papa said to mama as he passed around the black eyed peas
Oh 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 a shame about Billy Joe anyhow
Seems like nothin' ever comes to no good up on Choctaw Ridge
And now Billy Joe McAllister's jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge
And brother said he recollected when he and Tom and Billy Joe
He 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 Billy Joe has jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge
And mama said to me
Child, what's happened to your appetite?
Why I 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 throwin' somethin' 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 goin' '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 'em into the muddy water off the Tallahatchie Bridge

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