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San Francisco Bay Blues
Jesse Fuller Lyrics


I got the blues from my baby left me by the San Francisco Bay,
The ocean liner's gone so far away.
Didn't mean to treat her so bad, she was the best girl I ever have had,
She said goodbye, I can take a cry, I want to lay down and die.

I ain't got a nickel and I ain't got a lousy dime.
She don't come back, think I'm going to lose my mind.
If she ever gets back to stay, it's going to be another brand new day,
Walking with my baby down by the San Francisco Bay.

Sitting down looking from my back door, wondering which way to go,
The woman I'm so crazy about, she don't love me no more.
Think I'll catch me a freight train, 'cause I'm feeling blue,
And ride all the way to the end of the line, thinking only of you.

Meanwhile, in another city, just about to go insane,
Thought I heard my baby, Lord, the way she used to call my name.
If I ever get her back to stay, it's going to be another brand new day,
Walking with my baby down by the San Francisco Bay.

Walking with my baby down by the San Francisco Bay.
Walking with my baby down by the San Francisco Bay.

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Written by: JESSE FULLER

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R. R. Rubin

I got the blues when my baby left me down by the Frisco Bay;
An ocean liner came and took her away
I didn't mean to treat her bad, she was the best gal I ever had;
She said good-bye, made me cry
Made me wanna lay down my head and die


Well I ain't got a nickel, and I ain't got a lousy dime?
She don't come back, I think I'm gonna lose my mind
She ever comes back to stay, it's gonna be another brand new day
Walkin' with my baby by the San Francisco Bay

Well, I'm sittin' here on the back porch, don't know which way to go;
The gal that I'm so crazy about, she don't love me anymore
Think I'm gonna take a freight train, cause I'm feelin' blue
Gonna ride it to the end of the line, thinkin' only of you


Well I ain't got a nickel, and I ain't got a lousy dime?
She don't come back, I think I'm gonna lose my mind
She ever comes back to stay, it's gonna be another brand new day
Walkin' with my baby by the San Francisco Bay
Walkin' with my baby by the San Francisco Bay
Walkin' with my baby by the San Francisco Bay



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Vic Wood

Incredible to think  in the 60's some "folkies" turned their noses up at Jesse because he used an electric guitar!  I think it was Big Bill Broonzy who was asked if his music was folk music..he answered "I thought all music was folk music..leastwise I never heard no hosses singing any of it"   Amen to that!

patersondave44

the friends of old timey music brought him to nyc in the early early sixties and everybody loved him. alan lomax was in the same row i sat in and he had a ball, too. somebody introduced him as Pole Cat Fuller.

RIP Lone Cat Fuller, one of a kind

Thomas .Hennessey

I have a vague memory that when he played the Club 47 in Cambridge, Mass. he had a problem plugging in. I don't remember if it was the fixtures or what.

Mary Marino

Folks playing music.....

eric salles

I don't know I haven't got a clue ..this guy was well coordinated .everything going at once. ha ha ..I dunno what folk music is ..music of the folk ..if it's wrong to play an electric guitar to sing folk than it must be wrong to listen to it on the radio and television ..and drive a van to a concert as they're all electric..and they should use candle light ..and heavens forbid if they use a microphone ..I mean it's not folk unless they walk or ride a horse to the venue ...they're not real soldiers unless they use hand held weapons..and fight hand to hand .guns should be banned in warfare ..they're cowardly ...

PHJimY

And Michael Cooney said, "If it takes more than two trips to get your gear from the van to the stage, it ain't folk music."
And Catfish Willie said, "It's a 4 letter word that starts with F and ends with K and if you use it, they won't play your songs on the radio."
But many feel that it's not folk if you know who wrote it.

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Bobby Peru

This is the anti-sadness. It's impossible to be in a bad mood when this song is playing.

Sam Sveistrup

and yet he's singing about how he wants to die

David Colton

Saw him do this live several times. Wonderful song, wonderful musicianship, wonderful man who radiated warmth and gentle kindness. RIP dear soul.

john cooper

I saw him several times and still have his debut album. An icon!

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