Who Sang Harper Valley P.T.A.? Dolly Parton

Dolly Parton In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad) cover art
publisher: ©Warner/Chappell Music, Inc.
writers: Tom T. Hall
release date: 1969-2-15
length: 3:15
composer: Tom T. Hall, Tom T. Hall
lyricist: Tom T. Hall, Tom T. Hall
I want to tell you all the story bout a Harper Valley widowed wife
Who had a teenage daughter that 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 says Mrs Johnson you're wearing your dresses way too high
It's reported you've been drinkin' and a runnin' round with men and goin' wild
Now we don't believe you ought to 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 boy were they sure surprised
When Mrs Johnson wore her miniskirt into the room
And as she walked up to the blackboard I can still recall the words she had to say

She said I'd like to address this meeting of the Harper Valley PTA
Now there's Bobby Taylor sittin' there and seven times he asked me for a date
And Mrs Taylor sure 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 wodow Jones be told to keep
Her window shades all pulled completely down
Now Mr Harper couldn't be here cause he stayed too long at Kelly's Bar again
And if you'll smell Shirley Thompson's breath you'll find she's had a little nip of gin

And when you have the nerve to tell me as a mother you think that I ain't fit
Well this is just a little Payton Place and you're all Harper Valley hypocrites
No I wouldn't put you on because it really did it happened just this way

That day my mama socket it to the Harper Valley PTA
That day my mama socket it to the Harper Valley PTA

12" Vinyl 1
  • 1 Don’t Let It Trouble Your Mind
  • 2 He’s a Go Getter
  • 3 In the Good Old Days (When Times Were Bad)
  • 4 It’s My Time
  • 5 Harper Valley P.T.A.
  • 6 Little Bird
  • 7 Mine
  • 8 The Carroll County Accident
  • 9 Fresh Out of Forgiveness
  • 10 Mama Say a Prayer
  • 11 Always the First Time
  • 12 D‐I‐V‐O‐R‐C‐E