Billy Joe (Ode To)

Writer(s):
From the DVD video “Sinatra: A Man And His Music 1” track 13
With Ella Fitzgerald

Oh yeah,
It was the third of June,
Another sleepy, dusty hot day,
I was out on Choctaw Ridge,
My brother Bill was baling hay,
And at dinnertime,
We stopped and walked back to the house to eat.
And mamma hollered at the back door,
“You’all, remember to wipe your feet.”
The she said,
“I got some news this morning from Choctaw Ridge.
Today, Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge,”
Yeah, yeah.

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