Written by Jesse Fuller, San Francisco Bay Blues has been very extensively recorded. Clapton, Dylan, even Paul McCartney have done covers. I heard it first from Ramblin’ Jack Elliot. Hats off to Ramblin’ Jack. I’m playing it here to illustrate how the ragtime chords (see earlier post on ragtime) (sorry to get didactic) snuck into the blues, how all these folksongs flow into each other, and how we can benefit or at least have a good time by playing these songs. And to heck with the copyrights and the “intellectual property” rigamarole – which, when extended, includes the granting of patents to Monsanto and other large corporations for their “intellectual property” of genetically engineered seeds. Anyhow, here’s a “raggedy” blues.

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