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San Francisco Bay Blues Chords

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E A D G B E
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                San Francisco Bay Blues - Eric Clapton
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12 String Acoustic

Eric Clapton MTV Unplugged 1992

EADGBE


Chords
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          E  A  D  G  B  E
          ----------------
C         0  3  2  0  1  0
F         x  0  3  2  1  1
C7        0  3  2  3  1  0
G         3  2  0  0  0  3
A7        x  0  2  0  2  0
D7        x  x  0  2  1  2
G7        3  2  0  0  0  1
E         0  2  2  1  0  0
E7        0  2  0  1  0  0


- listen to song to get strumming pattern. It can be written by tab
  but the only way to get it to perfection is to listen to the song
  and get it yourself.

- I broke the song up into verses to make it easier to understand and play.
  The way I broke the song up into verses may not necessarily be the way it
  was written by that artist but all the wording is the same.

Riff
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Run down A string from 3 to 0


[Intro]
(first part of first verse)

[Verse 1]
           C                       F                    C    C/G  C  C7
I got the blues from my baby livin by the San Francisco Bay
    F                          C   C/G    C   C7
The ocean liner's gone so far away
F                                             C  (riff)           A7 (x0225)
Didn't mean to treat her so bad she was the best girl I ever have had
D7                                 G7         [3x3001]
Said goodbye, I can take a cry, I want to lay down and die

  C                        F                  C    C/G  C  C7
I ain't got a nickel and I ain't got a lousy dime
       F                                        E   E7
If she don't come back, think I'm gonna lose my mind
     F                                  C   (riff)           A7
If I ever get back to stay / it's gonna be another brand new day
D7                         G7                   C        G7
Walkin with my baby down / by the San Francisco Bay

[kazoo Solo]

[Verse 2]
C            F               C           C               F     C        
Sittin down looking from my back door....wonderin which way to go
F                                                C
Woman I'm so crazy bout....she don't love me no more
F                                      C    (riff)       A7
Think I'll catch me a freight train....cause I'm feelin blue
D7                                         G7
Ride all the way to the end of the line....thinkin only of you

C         F             C        C           F     C
Meanwhile livin in the city....just about to go insane
F                                     E                       E7
Thought I herd my baby's voice....the way she used to call my name
           F                                   C       *             A7
And if I / ever get back to stay....its gonna be another brand new day

D7                       G7                   C       *     A7
Walkin with my baby down by the San Francisco Bay           Hey Hey
D7                       G7                   C       *     A7
Walkin with my baby down by the San Francisco Bay
      D7                       G7                   C      CC F F F F C C  C7
Yeahh walkin with my baby down by the San Francisco Bay
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southak 10 Jul 13, 2014 04:28 PM, edited at 08:29 pm

The "riff" is a simple c - c/b - a7 rundown. Play the c, then c/b then a7. Same effect and easier to play. C on the "ever", c/b on the "have" and a7 on the "had" (c = x 3 2 0 1 0) (c/b = x 2 0 0 1 0) (a7 = x 0 2 0 2 0).

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bwlinton 10 Sep 05, 2014 11:37 AM, edited at 03:38 pm

I agree the riff is really just a simple walk down from the C to the A7, a really basic technique.Also I would suggest that you combine Verses 1 and 2 into a single verse; and do the same for Verses 3 and 4. While it looks like they are separate verses, they really are not.

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sjbrn1 49 Jan 03, 2017 05:53 PM, edited at 10:54 pm

this was written by Jesse Fuller not Eric Clapton! Just to set the record straight! You can find his original version on youtube!

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