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ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-22-07 11:06 AM
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It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CZt5Q-u4crc


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 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 nothin' 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 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 on Choctaw Ridge"
"And now you tell me Billie Joe's jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

And Mama said to me "Child, what's happened to your appetite?"
"I've 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 throwing somethin' off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

A year has come 'n' 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 pickin' flowers up on Choctaw Ridge

And drop them into the muddy water off the Tallahatchie Bridge
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WritingIsMyReligion Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-22-07 11:08 AM
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1. I like that song, but never really understood it.
:crazy:
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Sequoia Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-22-07 11:11 AM
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2. Watch the movie.
The movie is actually quite lame but cute in some ways.
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Az Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-22-07 11:14 AM
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3. Thats not the only song focused on that day Yello had one too
Edited on Fri Jun-22-07 11:15 AM by Az
Always wondered what the heck the song was about.

3rd of June

This is the 3rd of June, 1988
A highly unimportant day
Some airplane gliding into one of the bigger clouds over Manhattan
In a downtown far away, Mr. Toomy, our face in a crowd
The city was slow and tired
The Wall Street boys wearing their ties around their neck
like boxer's towels after a fight
Mr. Toomy stopped his pinstripe suit outside a barber shop
Looked at his face, took off his jacket and stepped on it

Who's that, what's that, what do you mean
I'll never know where I lost my dream
Who's that, what's that, gimme your name
3rd of June, end of game

No looking to the right
No looking to the left
Lenny is a target and always on track
Lenny is a target and nobody shoots
Lenny is a target lost the route
Ruins of a child's old fantasy
Ruins of a child was
Lenny is a target and nobody shoots
Lenny is a target lost the route

Who's that, what's that, what do you mean
I'll never know when I lost my dream
Who's that, what's that, gimme your name
3rd of June, end of game

Mr. Toomy stopped his pinstripe suit outside a barber shop
Looked at his face
Took off his jacket
Put it on the pavement
Stepped on it
And started preaching like a monk from another world
After some minutes, he had a little crowd
Which dissappeared when a police car passed by slowly
Like rolling gloom
And Mr. Toomy throws his voice 'til he was the only one in the area
At this early night of June 3rd, 1988

Who's that, what's that, what do you mean
I'll never know when I lost my dream
Who's that, what's that, gimme your name
3rd of June, end of game
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EstimatedProphet Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-22-07 11:19 AM
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4. I've been over the Tallahatchie bridge
It's out in the middle of nowhere. Pretty nondescript bridge, all in all. Went there doing some river fisheries work.
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lost-in-nj Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-22-07 01:56 PM
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5. Still don't know
Edited on Fri Jun-22-07 01:56 PM by lost-in-nj
what they threw off the bridge.....

:shrug:

the movie starred Robby Benson as Billy Joe




lost
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ET Awful Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-22-07 02:01 PM
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6. I heard it was a bunch of ballots from Florida
:evilgrin:
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GoddessOfGuinness Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Fri Jun-22-07 03:24 PM
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7. Who'd have thunk Bobbie Gentry was a soothsayer?
:rofl:
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