Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Today Billy Joe MacAllister jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge

Today according to Australian Eastern Standard Time when this item was posted
It was the third of June, another sleepy, dusty Delta day
I was out choppin' cotton and my brother was bailin' 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."

19?? Tallahatchie County, Mississippi, USA, year unknown: Today is the day that the [unnamed] parents of Billy Joe McAllister's girlfriend made some insinuations about what their [also unnamed] daughter had been doing recently with Billy Joe McAllister at the Tallahatchie Bridge. It's a mystery.

The probably fictitious Billy Joe jumped off the Tallahatchie Bridge, too, on this day, an incident recalled in the 1967 international hit song 'Ode to Billy Joe' by Bobbie Gentry, a singer from Tallahatchie County.

In 1976 the incident was made into a movie starring Robby Benson and directed by Max Baer, Jr, best known as Jethro on the 1960s American TV show, The Beverly Hillbillies ...

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