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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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    • AnonymousCould this be a parody of the killing of Emmett Till? Supposedly he was thrown from the Black Bayou Bridge in Glendora, whose water flows into the Tallahatchie. Just suggesting.
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  • Strawberry Field, Liverpool, England Strawberry Field, Liverpool, England The Beatles - Strawberry Fields Forever

    At first listen it's a whimsical ditty; by the time you know the story behind it, Strawberry Fields takes on a darker shadowing.

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  • 52nd Street, New York 52nd Street, New York Billy Joel - Zanzibar

    Zanzibar is a fictional name for a song on an album about 52nd Street in New York, with bits of Muhammad Ali and Pete Rose thrown in for flavor.

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