The Tallahatchie Bridge
And Papa said to Mama as he passed around the blackeyed peas
“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.
The Bridge collapsed in 1972:
But on the evidence of this song, Bobbie Gentry was quite a writer.