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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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    • Charlotte Walker from Littleton, CoThe book was fiction and so was the movie they made from the book. My English teacher used this song as an example of subtext. Her family was just having a normal dinner, while the girl in the song is silently grieving for her love. The subtext is that everyone was ignoring her feelings because that's just something that Southerners don't talk about. "Mama said to me, 'Child, what's happened to your appetite? I've been cooking all morning and you haven't touched a single bite...'"
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