San Francisco Mable Joy John Denver Intro D G D His Daddy was an honest man just a red dirt Georgia farmer A His mother lived her short life havin` kids and bailing hay D G D He had fifteen years and he ached inside to wander A D So He jumped a freight in Waycross wound up in L.A.
G D Cold nights had no pity on a Waycross Georgia farm boy A Most days he went hungry then the summer came D G D He met a girl known on the strip as San Francisco Mabel Joy A D Destitutions child born of an L.A. street called shame G D Growin` up came easy in the arms of Mabel Joy A Laughter found their mornings brought a meaning to his life G D Yes The night before she left sleep came and gave that Waycross country boy A D A dream of Georgia cotton and a California wife G D Sunday mornin` found him standing neath the red light at her door A When A right cross sent him reelin` put him face down on the floor G D In place of Mabel Joy he found a merchant mad marine A D Who growled your Georgia neck is red ah but sonny you`re still green
G D He turned twenty one in a grey rock Federal Prison A The old Judge had no mercy for a Waycross country boy D G D Staring at those four grey walls in silence Lord he just listened A To the midnight freight he knew could take him back to Mabel Joy G D Sunday mornin` found him lying neath the red light at her door A With a bullet in his side he cried have you seen Mabel Joy G D Stunned and shaken someone said why she don`t live here no more A She left this house four years today they say she???s looking for D Some Georgia farm boy
Released in 1981 on Johns Some Days Are Diamonds album, San Francisco Mable Joy.