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Ode To Billy Joe


It was the 3rd of June another sleepy dusty delta day
I was out chopping cotton and my brother was bailing hay
And at dinnertime we stopped and walked back to the house to eat
And momma hollered out the back door y'all remember to wipe your feet
And then she said I got some news this morning from Chaktau Ridge
Today Billy Joe McAllister jumped off the Talahatchee Bridge.

Poppa said to momma as he passed around the blacked peas
Hell Billy Joe never had a lick of sense pass the biscuits please
There's 5 more acres in the lower 40 I got to plow
And momma said it was a shame about Billy Joe anyhow
Seems like nothing ever comes to no good up on Chaktau Ridge
And now Billy Joe McAllister jumped off the Talahatchee Bridge.

I saw him at the sawmill yesterday up on Chaktau Ridge
Now you tell me Billy Joe was jumping off the Chaktau Ridge

Momma said to me child what's happened to your appetite
Well I been cooking all morning and you haven't touched a single bite
That nice young preacher brother Taylor dropped by today
And 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 Chaktau Ridge
And she and Billy Joe was throwing something off the Talahatchee bridge


A year has come and gone since we heard the news about Billy Joe
My Brother married Becky Thompson and bought a store in Tupelo.
The was a virus going around poppa caught it and he died last spring
And now my momma doesn't seem to want to do much of anything
Me I spend a lot of time picking flowers up on Chaktau Ridge
I drop them into the muddy water off the Talahatchee Bridge
I drop them into the muddy water off the Talahatchee Bridge

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Driving Wheel

My baby don't have to worry,  she don't have to rob and steal
My baby don't have to worry,  no she don't have to rob and steal
She has everything she needs,  I am her driving wheel

I wrote my baby my babe a letter, don't want no one to break the seal
I wrote my baby my baby a letter, don't want no one to break the seal no no
no
The letter goes to my baby, I am her driving wheel

She left me this morning, said she'd be home soon, yes she did
She left me this morning, said she'd be home soon
Either early Friday morning or late Saturday afternoon

Now wait a minute
I want to tell you about my baby, please let me tell you about my baby
Please let me tell you about my baby

Time she walks all the leaves shake up on a tree, Well don't you know
The time she walks why the leaves shake on a tree
I want you to come over here baby, get your steak potatoes and me

Guitar solo 2x All right, hey

She left me this morning, said she'd be home soon,
She left me this morning, said she'd be home soon
Either early Friday morning or late Saturday afternoon

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Traveling South

I'm Traveling south trying to work my way back home
I'm Traveling south trying to work my way back home
I'm broke and hungry and got no money for the phone

Well my feet are so tired I think I'm gonna go lie down
Well my feet are so tired I think I'm got to go lie down
I got a hundred miles to go before I reach the next town

Solo

When I leave that town I ain't coming back no more
When I leave that town I ain't coming back no more
I'm headed to Virginia the only place I know

I'm Traveling south got to find my way back home
I'm Traveling south got to find my way back home
I'm broke and hungry and got no money for the phone

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Five long years

Have you ever been mistreated you know what I'm talking about  2x
I worked 5 long years for that woman and she had the nerve to put me out

I got a job in a steal mill shucking steal like a slave
For 5 long years I'd bring home my pay

Have you ever been mistreated you know what I'm talking about
I worked 5 long years for that woman and she had the nerve to put me out

solo

I finally learned my lesson shit along time ago
the next woman I marry is gonna bring me home the dough

Have you ever been mistreated you know what I'm talking about
I worked 5 long years for that woman she had the nerve,
she had the nerve, she had the nerve, to put me out

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T Bone Shuffle

Let you hair down baby lets have a natural ball
Let you hair down baby lets have a natural ball
Cause when your not happy it ain't no fun at all

You can't take it with you that's one thing for sure
You can't take it with you baby that's one thing for sure
There's nothing wrong with you baby that a good T-Bone shuffle can't cure

Have fun while you can, fate's an awful thing
Have fun while you can, fate's an awful thing
You can't tell what might happen that's why I love to sing

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Standing by myself

Come on now momma don't leave me standing all by myself
Come on now momma don't leave me standing all by myself
First you take my loving .... Then you put me on the shelf

Come on now momma get up on the dance floor
Come on now momma get up on the dance floor
The way you shake your booty .... keeps me coming back for more

Talk to me baby the way you used to do
Talk to me baby the way you used to do
Show yourself honey  ... show me that you can be true

Come on now momma don't leave me standing all by myself
Come on now momma don't leave me standing all by myself
First you take my loving .... Then you put me on the shelf

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I Feel So Good

My baby called me long distance on the telephone
She told me not to worry cause baby's coming home
I feel so good you know I feel so good
I'm so glad I won't be lonely no more

I spend my days in longing and nights in misery
It makes me feel so good to know your still in love with me
I feel so good say it I feel so good
I'm so glad, I won't be lonely no more

I thought about you baby till I couldn't sleep at night
But you know you coming home makes everything alright
I feel so good, you know, I feel so good
I'm so glad, I won't be lonely no more

I been living in misery my life was dark at night
But now the storm has passed over the sun is shining bright
Feel so good,  I feel so good
I'm so glad, I won't be lonely no more

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Boogie Me Till I Drop

I got a big fat woman lord she weighs 500 pounds.
I got a big fat woman yes she weighs 500 pounds
And when she does the boogie woogie, aww the walls come tumbling down

When she puts that stuff in motion ain't no telling, telling where it stops
When she puts that stuff in motion ain't no telling where she stops
All 500 pounds she boogie me till I drop

When she takes me out there dancing everybody gets on the floor gathers
around
When she takes me out there dancing everybody on the floor just gathers
around
When she does the boogie woogie, aww the walls come tumbling down

I got a big fat woman lord she weighs 500 pounds.
I got a big fat woman lord she weighs 500 pounds
And when she does the boogie woogie, aww the walls come tumbling down

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Sharpened Up My Axes

It happened just this morning on my way form the house to the barn
I found my brother lying in the field someone had caused him harm
Upon closer examination I noticed he was dead
He had stopped a bullet meant for me stopped it with his head

So I sharpened up my axes and loaded up my guns
Taking aim I laid and wait, wait for them to come

Then the word leaked it was him they got instead
The bullet that was meant for me it ducked into my brothers head
As soon as they found out that I was still around
All I had to do was lay in wait for them to try and cut me down

So I sharpened up my axes and loaded up my guns
Taking aim I laid and wait, wait for them to come
and I sharpened up my axes and loaded up my guns
Taking aim I laid and wait, wait for them to come

Now it happened the very next day
the sun had gone almost all the way down
They chose to make their move
But I knew they was coming around

They must have thought I was scared
They thought I would have run and hid
They would still be here today
If those sons of bitches knew what I did

Then sharpened up my axes and loaded up my guns
Taking aim I laid and wait, wait for them to come
and I sharpened up my axes and loaded up my guns
Taking aim I laid and wait, wait for them to come
Taking aim I laid and wait, wait for them to come
Taking aim  laid and wait, wait for their death to come

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Who's Been Talking

My baby caught the train, left me all alone
My baby caught the train, left me all alone
You know I love her but she's doing me wrong

My baby bought a ticket cost me my right arm
My baby bought a ticket cost me my right arm
Since she's gone away long way from home

Tell me who's been talking telling everything I do
Tell me who's been talking telling everything I do
Don't You know that I love you and I hate to lose

I'm the cause of it all, Baby I'm the cause of it all
I'm the cause of it all, I'm the cause of it all
Don't you know that I love you, I'm the cause of it all

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Blues In The Basement

Well I'm down here in basement, down where the sun refuse to shine
I said I'm down here in basement, down where the sun refuse to shine
It's just me down here in the basement, me and my bottle, my bottle of rot
gut wine

Nobody comes to see me nobody, nobody seems to care
Nobody comes to see me nobody, nobody seems to care
You see my life down here in the basement is filled with nothing but despair

If I could just move on up the stairway maybe I could see the light
If I could just move on up the stairway maybe I could see the light
Well living down here in the basement just might be, just might be all right

It's me down here in the basement, I'm down here with all of these rats
Yes It's me down here in the basement, down here with all of these rats
When you’re living down in the basement life don't get no lower than that

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