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Bay Blues

(John Cog)
September 6, 2010
John Cog
      I once ran for public office as an independent candidate with a "Save The Bay" campaign. I lost. The bay's been losing for years from overfishing, oil spills, toxic waste, neglect and non-stop abuse, but some very interesting folks still live and work here. Because we have a style and maverick spirit that should be celebrated and shared (some say jailed and forgotten), I built a waterfront studio and started writing and recording songs about life on the bay. This was the first tune finished. An indictment, finger-point, accusation. A condemnation of all those who despoil beautiful water as if sung by the bay itself.
        Got the bay blues baby, blues by the bay, hey baby.
        Bay blues babe, blues on the bay, hey baby.
        A copyrighted concept, owned and operated by me.

        Got some bay blues baby, years and years and years of bad news.
        Yeah, blues every day, from my head to my baby blue shoes.
        Hey, buckle up baby, now ya got to pay me some dues.

        I got the big bad blues, some mothers dumpin' somethin' on me.
        Yeah, bad ass dudes so crude, dumpin' somethin' for free!
        These big bad bay blues just won't let me be.

        Now ya see, it's like this: I could say somethin' here,
        About the water ain't clear,
        It's muddy. Ain't funny. Hip deep in big bay money...

        Save the bay for babies, somebody stop what you did. I'm done kiddin',
        Save the bay for babies, everything's underneath, hid. It's gonna come unhidden.
        I look so good on top, underwater I'm dead. That's what I said.

        Let's get wet. Not yet,
        You get upset.
        Huh, don't fret, or forget, 'cause you bet...

        ...You can't go crabbin',
        Whatcha catch, ain't worth havin',
        It's all gone, it's not comin' back. Too late cleanin' up that...

        Black record, you treat me like yesterday's news! Yes, you got me
        Singin' these bay blues baby, everybody, everybody lose. Some bad news,
        When it's you gettin' stewed, makes you wanna drink bad booze, and stay stewed.

        The bay blues, baby baby baby we lose. A bad day,
        For blue bay, baby baby baby, I say, bay blues!
        Bad news everyway, in the mud and the blood and the ooze. Keep a-cruisin' and losin'

        Bay blues. Baby baby baby, we lose. Bay blues. Maybe maybe maybe, you choose,
        Bay blues! So pay me, pay me some due. Pay dues! An' save me, save me from you
        Bay fools! Hey, save me. Hey, hey baby, you know who's so stewed? Maybe it's you.

        (c) 2010 John Coggeshall
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