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Jeannie C. Riley - Harper Valley PTA - 1968

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Published on Apr 22, 2011

I want to tell you all a story 'bout a
Harper Valley widowed wife
Who had a teenage daughter who
attended Harper Valley Junior High
Well, her daughter came home one
afternoon and didn't even stop to play
And she said, "Mom, I got a note here
from the Harper Valley PTA"

Well, the note said, "Mrs. Johnson,
you're wearin' your dresses way too high
It's reported you've been drinkin' and
a-runnin' 'round with men and goin' wild
And we don't believe you ought to be
a-bringin' up your little girl this way"
And it was signed by the secretary,
Harper Valley PTA

Well, it happened that the PTA was
gonna meet that very afternoon
And they were sure surprised when Mrs.
Johnson wore her mini-skirt into the room
And as she walked up to the blackboard,
I still recall the words she had to say
She said, "I'd like to address this meeting
of the Harper Valley PTA

Well, there's Bobby Taylor sittin' there and
seven times he's asked me for a date
And Mrs. Taylor sure seems to use a lot
of ice whenever he's away
And Mr. Baker, can you tell us why your
secretary had to leave this town ?
And shouldn't widow Jones be told to
keep her window shades all pulled
completely down ?

Well, Mr. Harper couldn't be here 'cause
he stayed too long at Kelly's Bar again
And if you'll smell Shirley Thompson's
breath, you'll find she's had a little nip of gin
And then you have the nerve to tell me you
think that as a mother I'm not fit
Well, this is just a little Peyton Place and
you're all Harper Valley hypocrites"

No, I wouldn't put you on because it really
did, it happened just this way
The day my Mama socked it to the
Harper Valley PTA
The day my Mama socked it to the
Harper Valley PTA

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