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Posted: 10/22/05 05:19 PM
Author: Garret
Location: USA
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Brothers Four
In 1965 (or 1964?), the Brothers 4 had a 45rpm with a song called "500 Miles." On the flip side was another song, title unknown. Part of the lyrics were "My girl's across the river..." If anyone can provide a little info, if nothing more than the title, I appreciate the help.


Posted: 10/22/05 07:02 PM
Author: Dan
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Brothers Four


Artist: The Brothers Four

Song: San Francisco Bay Blues (B side of 500 Miles 45)

Album: More Big Folk Hits

Year: 1964

Japanese 45 released in 1965

500 Miles / San Francisco Bay Blues

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Click here for CD

San Francisco Bay Blues
Words & Music by Jesse Fuller, 1954
Recorded by Peter, Paul & Mary, 1965



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.

Refrain:

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.

Bridge:

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.

Refrain:

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.





An earlier album with the song "500 Miles" has been issued on a CD along with another album...

Click to see CD and hear songs

Official Website for The Brothers Four

http://www.brothersfour.com/


Note: The Kingston Trio put out a 45 with the song "500 Miles". The flip song was "Oh Sail Away"

THE KINGSTON TRIO - "Oh, Sail Away"


(John Phillips)

[Chorus:]
Just a-singin', (Once again now,) (Just a-singin',) (A-singin',) Ooo, sail away. Ooo, sail away.

A man would be a fool to spend all his money and have to go to sea once more.
But when those brown skin gals start callin' you honey, you'll be a sailin' from that shore.

[Chorus]

When we hit Trinidad, was there I met Marni. Don't you know we started drinkin' rum.
But now I feel so bad. She took all my money and now I sail with the mornin' sun.

So all ye sailor lads who want to go sportin', mark ye well what I do say.
Don't trust them brown skin gals. They'll be your misfortune. You'll be at sea till your dyin' day.

[Chorus]




Dan
Posted: 11/05/05 11:39 PM
Author: Garret
Location: USA
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Brothers Four
Wasn't San Francisco Bay Blues. In fact, I'm not sure who the group was. I kind of figured from the folk sounds that it might have been the Brothers Four, but since you mentioned the Kingston Trio, it might have well been them. Might even have been Peter Paul & Mary, since it was from around that time of Puff the Magic Dragon. I'll have to look some more. Not finding it yet from the Trio.
Posted: 11/06/05 12:11 AM
Author: Garret
Location: USA
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Brothers Four
Well, I'm just having a heck of a time here. It's not "Oh Sail Way" and it wasn't "San Francisco Bay Blues." I tried to find it from Peter Paul & Mary, but couldn't find it. And a lyric search isn't helping, either. Let's see if I can remember something of the lyrics:
"My girl's (gal's[?]) across the river
My girl's across the river
My girl's across the river
Won't you come over?

Over, over, Anna..."

Not really sure, but we are talking 40 years ago. And I'm not dead certain it was on the flipside of 500 Miles. But I think so.

You'd think if I could remember such trivia as Brian Wilson's father coming out with a group called the Sunrays, then I could remember this song...
Posted: 11/10/05 02:19 PM
Author: TraderJack
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida
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Brothers Four
I remember the Peter, Paul & Mary version of 500 miles. Flip sides are tougher to recall, I think.

Easier to remember the Sunrays singing "Andrea" and "I Live for the Sun". I hear these songs on Internet oldies radio stations from time to time. Have both of these songs on the Tower 45rpm records, by the way.

Trader Jack
Posted: 11/10/05 08:52 PM
Author: Roger
Location: NY, USA
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Brothers Four
Hey TraderJack, wasn't the flip side of the Sunrays "Andrea" a great song titled "You Don't Phase Me"? I used to have the 45, liked both sides.

Over the years, I often preferred flip sides to the "hit" side of 45s. Strange, eh? Of course, I wouldn't even hear the flip side until I bought the 45 in the first place, and I always bought it for the "hit" side. Go figure.
Posted: 11/14/05 11:15 AM
Author: TraderJack
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida
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Brothers Four & flip sides (continued)
Hey Roger,

I'd consider your music tastes well defined! In other words, you can appreciate a song for the value of that song, regardless of whether it was released by the "suits" to be a *hit*.

There were loads of flip sides that I really liked, too. I'm unable to recall the flip of "Andrea", though. I'll check it out when I next play that single. I've forgotten the flip side of "I Live for the Sun", also.

Thanks for calling my attention to that flip side.


Trader Jack
Posted: 10/15/06 06:46 PM
Author: Garret
Location: USA
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Brothers Four & flip sides (continued)
It's been so long, I'm not sure if anyone is still around. I just found the song. It's called Bamboo, by Peter Paul & Mary. Same music. Not sure if that's the song on the flip side of 500 miles, by PPM or others that did 500 miles.

My home's across the river,
my home's across the river.
My home's across the river,
my home's across the water.
Oh, Oh, Hanaah.
Posted: 10/15/06 06:50 PM
Author: Garret
Location: USA
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Brothers Four & flip sides (continued)
Interesting that someone else likes the flip sides. The Beau Brummels came out with a song in 1965, "Don't Talk To Strangers" I think it was. But on the flip side was a song called "They'll Make You Cry." Not that great a song, but a real interesting guitar riff in it. Sure was hard to track down after nearly 40 years.
Posted: 10/17/06 01:39 PM
Author: TraderJack
Location: Tampa Bay, Florida
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Brothers Four & flip sides (continued)

Oh Yes,

"They'll Make You Cry" does have a real good guitar riff in it, Garret. Most of the Beau Brummels music seems to be built around the guitar riffs. I still like their song, "Still in Love With You Baby", which was a flip side. I saw these songs on a Beau Brummels CD in a library in Florida when I was last down there.

By the way, Garret, I have a PPM 45, but it was one of those re-issue ones, and the other side of this copy of "500 Miles" isn't "Bamboo". I don't even recall that tune. Where did you finally find it after 40 years?

I did listen to the Sunrays' flip side when I was in Tampa Bay in July, by the way, Roger, just like I said I would do. I probably listened to "You Don't Phase Me" for the first time in some 25 years. It was nice hearing "Andrea" again, too.

Fun stuff. Thanks for the memories and the discussion!


Trader Jack
Posted: 10/24/06 10:05 AM
Author: Garret
Location: USA
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Brothers Four
It took me a year, but finally I found it.

The song was by the JOURNEYMEN, and it was called "River, She Come Down."


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