It's been my earworm all weekend. I. CANNOT. GET. IT. OUT. OF. MY. HEAD
Let's start at the beginning. This catchy little ditty was popular a LONG time ago. Written in 1967 by singer/songwriter Bobbie Gentry, the song was wildly popular. It told the story about a young man, Billie Joe McAllister, who jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge. The singer/songwriter was born in Mississippi and her ballad told of places in the Mississippi Delta. As a pre-teen, I memorized every word and recall it to this day.
Fast forward to present day, and I'm showing homes in Bradshaw Ridge., a neighborhood in Madison County. While Bradshaw Ridge isn't the same name as in the song, it is similar enough for me to get this ditty stuck in my head.
Since I can't get the song out of my head, I thought I'd share the lyrics with you. I hope you enjoy it; pass the biscuits please.
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
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
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-a apple pie; you know, it don't seem right
I saw him at the sawmill yesterday on Choctaw Ridge
And now ya tell me Billie Joe's jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge
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
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 want to 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