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Jeannie C. Riley performs "Harper Valley P.T.A"

"Harper Valley PTA" is a country song written by Tom T. Hall and was a major international hit single for country singer Jeannie C. Riley in 1968. The song was originally recorded in July 1968 by Margie Singleton on Ashley Records A 5000. Riley's record sold over six million copies as a single. The song made Riley the first woman to top both the Billboard Hot 100 and the U.S. Hot Country Singles charts with the same song, a feat that would go unrepeated until Dolly Parton's "9 to 5" in 1981.

Jeannie C. Riley Harper Valley P.T.A Lyrics

 

I wanna 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 wearing your dresses way too high

It's reported you've been drinkin' and runnin' 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 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 black board, 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 tims he's asked me for a date

And Mrs. Taylor 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 a 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 happen just this way

The day my momma socked it to, the Harper Valley PTA

The day my momma socked it to, the Harper Valley PTA


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