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Ode To Billy Joe chords

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D7  x5455x
C7  x108911x
C7* x3231x


D7
It was the third of june another sleepy dusty delta day
D7
I was out choppin cotton and my brother was balin' hay
C7
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
C7
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"

And Papa said to Mama as he passed around the blackeyed peas
"Well, Billie 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 Billie Joe, anyhow
Seems like nothin' ever comes to no good up on Choctaw Ridge
And now Billie 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 Billie Joe was throwing somethin' off the Tallahatchie Bridge"

A year has come 'n' gone since we heard the news 'bout Billie 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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BJ59 36 Feb 09, 2014 03:56 PM, edited on February 10 2014, 01:34 pm

Very nice. Your chord shape for D7 is usually described as a D9.

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rkyrooty 10 Sep 30, 2014 09:04 AM

how is the fingering on this chord?

x108911x

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