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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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  • Winslow, Arizona Winslow, Arizona Eagles - Take It Easy

    With this song, the Eagles managed to score their first hit AND put Winslow, Arizona, on the map.

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  • Fire Lake, Michigan Fire Lake, Michigan Bob Seger - Fire Lake

    Is Fire Lake a real place or only a biblical symbol? Bob Seger's song weaves many experiences into it.

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