Additional info from Internet correspondant William Scott Lincoln: "I happened to brush past your site when I was looking for information about the song "Ode to Billy Joe." Just thought I'd point out that I found out that the event probably didn't take place in Carroll County, Mississippi. The Tallahatchie River doesn't run through there. It runs down into the delta region of Mississippi south of Sardis, MS. I also found a site that has a scan of an old map of that county, where the separation between the delta lowlands and the highlands to the east was once known as Choctaw Ridge . So where the river comes down from the highlands would be where the song is describing." Postscript by Wes, 7/26/06: I just listened to Herman's Hermit's "Henry the Eighth." I just realized that the reason why he's the eighth is because the widow's been married seven times before (I always misheard it as "several.") So he's the eighth husband - therefore, Henry the Eighth. Since 1965 I thought the song was about the historical character Henry VIII - I obviously didn't bother listening to the lyrics. Isn't pop music swell?