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Song Lyrics

His daddy was an honest man, red dirt Georgia farmer

His mamma lived her short life having kids and baling hay

He had fifteen years, an ache inside to wander

He hopped a freight in Waycross, wound up in L.A.

Lord the cold nights had no pity on a Waycross Georgia farmboy

Most days he went hungry, then the summer came

He met a girl known on the strip as San Francisco`s Mabel Joy

Destitutions child born of an L.A. street called shame

Growing up came quietly in the arms of Mabel Joy

Laughter found their mornings, brought a meaning to his life

Yes, the night before she left, sleep came and left that Waycross country boy with dreams of Georgia cotton and a California wife

Sunday morning found him standing `neath the red light of her door

When a right cross sent him reeling, put him face down on the floor

In place of Mabel Joy he found a merchant mad merine, he growled that Georgia neck is red, but sonny your still green

He turned twenty-one in a gray rock federal prison

The old judge had no mercy for a Waycross Georgia boy

Starin` at those four gray, in silence he would listen

That midnight freight he knew would take him back to Mabel Joy

Sunday morning found him lyin` `neath the red light of her door

With a bullet in his side he cried have you seen Mabel Joy

Stunned and shaken someone said she`s not here no more

She left this house four years today

They say she`s looking for some Georgia farm boy

Release History

The Kenny Rogers song "San Francisco Mabel Joy" appears on the following albums:
The Best of
2009

The Best of

  1. Coward of the County (4:21)
  2. Lady (3:53)
  3. Lucille (3:36)
  4. Daytime Friends (3:12)
  5. Desperado (3:46)
  6. She Believes In Me (4:12)
  7. Blaze Of Glory (2:36)
  8. Lay down beside me (3:54)
  9. The Gambler (3:30)
  10. Goodbye Marie (3:45)
  11. Puttin' In Overtime At Home (2:59)
  12. San Francisco Mabel Joy (3:45)
  13. Green Green Grass of Home (3:34)
  14. I Don't Need You (3:26)
  15. The Son Of Hickory Holler's Tramp (3:10)
  16. Just The Way You Are (3:34)
  17. Love Lifted Me (3:47)
  18. Sleep Tight, Goodnight Man (2:57)
  19. Gideon Tanner (2:36)
  20. Let's Take The Long Way Around The World (2:57)
  21. Love Or Something Like It (2:52)
  22. No good Texas rounder (4:13)
  23. Tennessee Bottle (4:05)
  24. These Chains (3:24)
  25. All I Ever Need Is You (3:07)
  26. We've Got Tonight (3:52)
  27. You've Lost That Lovin' Feelin' (4:10)
  28. Love Will Turn You Around (3:40)
  29. Sayin' Goodbye (4:30)
  30. The king of Oak Street (4:06)
  31. Making Music For Money (3:21)
  32. Somebody help me (2:53)
  33. The Hoodooin' Of Miss Fannie Deberry (4:50)
  34. Don't Fall In Love With A Dreamer (3:42)
  35. Together Again (2:56)
  36. You were a good friend (3:55)
  37. All My Life (3:51)
  38. Laura (What's He Got That I Ain't Got) (2:50)
  39. Today I Started Loving You Again (3:07)
  40. Love the World Away (3:13)
  41. Scarlet fever (3:53)
  42. Share Your Love With Me (3:18)
  43. A Love Song (3:18)
  44. Midnight Flyer (3:15)
  45. Mother Country Music (2:47)
  46. Love Is What We Make It (3:25)
  47. Sweet Music Man (4:15)
  48. Twentieth Century Fool (3:47)
  49. Anyone Who Isn't Me Tonight (2:22)
  50. Through The Years (3:29)
  51. What Are We Doin' In Love (3:03)
  52. Every Time Two Fools Collide (3:02)
  53. I Wish I Could Hurt That Way Again (3:00)
  54. You Decorated My Life (3:39)
The First 50 Years
01 February 2010

The Gambler / San Francisco Mabel Joy
1979

The Gambler / San Francisco Mabel Joy

  1. The Gambler (3:30)
  2. San Francisco Mabel Joy (3:45)
Very Best Of Kenny Rogers
05 January 2009


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