The day my mama socked it to the Harper Valley PTA
April 24, 2008 6:29 PM Subscribe
posted by flapjax at midnite (39 comments total)
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Sometimes, when you've had your fill of people basking in the golden light of their self-righteous indignation, you just wanna hear a song about somebody telling those holier-than-thou-ers where to get off. Something like, say, Harper Valley PTA
Here's Jeannie C. in another performance of the song, a stylish (very sixties) B&W version
, from a TV spot.
Here's the lyrics
. Too young to remember Peyton Place
, referenced in the last verse? See here
And how 'bout those gold boots and matching minidress Jeannie C. was sporting in that live clip, eh? Couldn't help but remind me of Nancy Sinatra in similar attire, performing (what else?) These Boots Are Made for Walking
, from 1966.
When Harper Valley PTA (written by Tom T. Hall
) was released in 1968, it hit #1 on both the Billboard country AND pop charts, which was an historical first. Read all about it
Jeannie C. Riley Wikipedia page
and her official website
Dolly Parton's cover version
Country great Loretta Lynn has covered this song as well, but I couldn't find her version on the web. Here she is with Jeannie C. Riley, though, doing Don't Come Home a'Drinkin' (With Lovin' On Your Mind)
The Riley Wikipedia page mentions her battles with depression. There's a bit more on that here
FPP wording lifted wholesale from flashboy's MeTa comment here
. Thanks, flashboy!