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Harper Valley PTA

This song is by Martina McBride and appears on the television soundtrack Music From And Inspired By Desperate Housewives (2005).

This song is a cover of "Harper Valley P.T.A." by Jeannie C. Riley.
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Harper Valley PTA
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 oughta be bringing 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 miniskirt 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 sitting 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 shade 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, ha
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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This song refers to the novel Peyton Place.

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