Mrs Johnson strikes back

“Harper Valley P.T.A.” came up on the shuffle during the commute, and for just a moment I flashed back on the killer line: “And then you have the nerve to tell me, you think that as a mother I’m not fit.”

And I remembered hoping against hope that in the next line Jeannie C. Riley would have sung, um, something else to rhyme with that. Wasn’t going to happen, of course — it was 1968, after all, and writer Tom T. Hall, iconoclast that he was, still wasn’t about to break an AM-radio taboo — but to this day, I find myself thinking up more forceful denunciations of that little Peyton Place.

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