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Ode To Billy Joe Chords

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This is one of my favorite songs and this version is much easier then the other version 
here it is.

D7
Twas the third of june another sleepy dusty delta day
D7
I was out choppin cotton and my brother was balin' hay
G7
And at dinner time we stopped and walked back to the house to eat
D7
And Mama hollered out the back door "y'all remember to wipe your feet
G7
And then she said "I got some news this mornin' from Choctaw Ridge"
           D7                      C7                    D7
"Today Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

D7
And Papa said to Mama as he passed around the blackeyed peas
D7
"Well, Billy Joe never had a lick of sense, pass the biscuits, please"
G7
"There's five more acres in the lower forty I've got to plow"
D7
And Mama said it was shame about Billy Joe, anyhow
G7
Seems like nothin' ever comes to no good up on Choctaw Ridge
             D7                      C7                    D7
And now Billy Joe MacAllister's jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge

D7
And Brother said he recollected when he and Tom and Billie Joe
D7
Put a frog down my back at the Carroll County picture show
G7
And wasn't I talkin' to him after church last Sunday night?
D7
"I'll have another piece of apple pie, you know it don't seem right"
G7
"I saw him at the sawmill yesterday on Choctaw Ridge"
                 D7                     C7                   D7
"And now you tell me Billie Joe's jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

D7
And Mama said to me "Child, what's happened to your appetite?"
D7
"I've been cookin' all morning and you haven't touched a single bite"
G7
"That nice young preacher, Brother Taylor, dropped by today"
D7
"Said he'd be pleased to have dinner on Sunday, oh, by the way"
G7
"He said he saw a girl that looked a lot like you up on Choctaw Ridge"
                D7                           C7                   D7
"And she and Billy Joe was throwing somethin' off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

D7
A year has come 'n' gone since we heard the news 'bout Billy Joe
D7
And Brother married Becky Thompson, they bought a store in Tupelo
G7
There was a virus going 'round, Papa caught it and he died last Spring
D7
And now Mama doesn't seem to wanna do much of anything
G7
And me, I spend a lot of time pickin' flowers up on Choctaw Ridge
              D7                    C7                  D7
And drop them into the muddy water off the Tallahatchie Bridge
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g9rocks64 92 Aug 18, 2009 03:41 PM

Thank YOU! I've been on a jag where I'm learning a song every day to perform at open mic night and really think this song is prudent for the area I'm in; they haven't been so receptive to "Banditos" or "Say It Ain't So"!

Chords are right on if you use "old school" finger picking hitting a bass before strumming! Again, many thanks!

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rmk811 489 Jan 16, 2014 01:25 PM

excellent chording. great song. Thanks
Rick in Macon

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daveboy123 10 Jun 17, 2016 12:51 PM

really enjoyed that mate :) great

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