Harper Valley P.T.A.    (video)    (midi)



1.    I want to 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,

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    and she said, “Mom I, got a note here from the Harper Valley P.T.A.



2.    Well, the note says, “Mrs. Johnson,


    you`re wearing your dresses way too high.


    It`s reported you`ve been drinking


    and a-running round with men and going wild.


    And we don`t believe you ought to be


    a-bringin` up your little girl this way.“

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    And it was signed by the “Secretary, Harper Valley P.T.A.“  (capo 1st)



3.    Well, it happened that the P.T.A. 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 can still recall the words she had to say.

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   She said, “I`d like to address this meetin` of the Harper Valley P.T.A.”



4. “Well, there`s Bobby Taylor sittin` there,


    and seven times he`s asked me for a date,


   and Mrs Taylor she 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

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    to keep her window shades all pulled completey down.”   (capo 2nd)



5. “Now 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 that I'm not fit.


    Well, this is just a little Peyton Place,

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    and you`re all Harper Valley hypocrites.”



6. Now, I wouldn`t put you on,


because it really did, it happened just this way,

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    that day my momma socked it to the Harper Valley P.T.A.,

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    that day my momma socked it to the Harper Valley P.T.A.


(midi = capo 4th) (Jeannie C. Riley)