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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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  • Northern Africa Northern Africa Bob Marley & the Wailers - Redemption Song

    A song about pirates! The real African kind, not Johnny Depp.

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  • Cape Town, South Africa Cape Town, South Africa 30 Seconds to Mars - A Beautiful Lie

    A visit to Cape Town in 2004 inspired the 30 Seconds to Mars song "A Beautiful Lie."

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