Harper Valley P.T.A.

Tom T. Hall
Language: English

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Scritta per la cantante Margie Singleton, il brano fu invece portato al successo da Jeannie C. Riley, la prima interprete femminile a sbancare le classifiche sia pop che contry con quella stessa canzone.

Harper Valley P.T.A.

Margie Singleton chiese a Tom T. Hall di scriverle una canzone di successo come Ode to Billy Joe di Bobbie Gentry, che era arrivata in vetta alle classifiche l'anno precedente... Ma i discografici della Singleton non credettero ad "Harper Valley P.T.A." e, alla fine, fu Jeannie C. Riley a farla sua e a portarla al successo... "Harper Valley P.T.A." non ha certo lo stesso fascino misterioso di "Ode to Bille Joe", ma è comunque, come quella, una canzone contro i pregiudizi, l'ipocrisia, la feroce violenza anche silenziosa della provincia bianca nel profondo sud degli States.
I wanna tell you all the 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 P.T.A.

Well the note said Mrs. Johnson you're wearin' your dresses way too high
It's reported you've been drinking and a-running round with men and goin' wild
And we don't believe you oughta be a-bringin' up your little girl this way
And it was signed by the Secretary Harper Valley P.T.A.

Well, it happened that the P.T.A. was gonna meet that very afternoon
And they were sure surprised when Mrs. Johnson wore her miniskirt into the room
And as she walked up to the blackboard I can still recall the words she had to say
She said I'd like to address this meeting of the Harper Valley P.T.A.

Well there's Bobby Taylor sittin' there and seven times he asked me for a date
And Mrs. Taylor sure seems to use a lotta 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 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 P.T.A.
The day my mama socked it to the Harper Valley P.T.A.

Contributed by Bernart Bartleby - 2020/4/12 - 13:41

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