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  • West Oakland, California West Oakland, California Green Day - Welcome To Paradise

    Green Day paints a vivid picture of crime, death, and life in West Oakland.

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  • Lubbock, Texas Lubbock, Texas The Chicks - Not Ready To Make Nice

    The Dixie Chicks got death threats for exercising their First Amendment right - "Not Ready To Make Nice" is their response.

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  • Tallahatchie Bridge, Choctaw Ridge, Mississippi Tallahatchie Bridge, Choctaw Ridge, Mississippi Bobbie Gentry - Ode to Billie Joe

    Bobbie Gentry has written one of the most talked about songs of the century. The mystery endures: what DID Billie Joe throw off the Tallahatchie Bridge?

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    • Bob from Southern CaliforniaI grew up not far from the Missouri River. So when I heard this song I always pictured the "Tallahatchie Bridge" as something like the Pony Express bridge in St. Joseph or the ASB in Kansas City, a huge bridge several dozen feet above a massive river. I've been trying to figure out which of the several bridges over the Tallahatchie was the specific Tallahatchie Bridge mentioned in the song, and a) I can't find any point at which the Tallahatchie River is terribly near Choctaw Ridge, b) in a lot of spots calling the Tallahatchie a river is being pretty generous, c) none of the Tallahatchie crossings I looked at were particularly impressive or looked like they'd be all that dangerous to jump off of; a lot of them are those sort of bridges where you have to look close to notice that it's actually a bridge and not just a section of road with a guardrail for some reason. Does anybody know what bridge Gentry had in mind?
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