Monday, September 3, 2012

Chestnut Street, San Francisco:

This video (with lyrics) is from a house concert in Oakland... the song was inspired by Chestnut Street in San Francisco.

When Jerry & I first moved to San Francisco we signed a lease for an apartment on Van Ness & O'Farrell, on the edge of the Tenderloin. It was dirty, run down and noisy but we needed to find something cheap and it fit the bill. It wasn't until after we settled into our flat that we took our first long exploratory stroll to other parts of the city.

We headed north on Van Ness and took a left turn onto Chestnut Street (in the Marina) and suddenly the streets were clean, the buildings were charming, the shops inviting and everyone seemed to be in a good mood. That first day of exploring the Marina inspired Jerry to write this award winning song. Enjoy!


  1. I really enjoy listening to Chestnut Street because it tells a story and so aptly describes the Marina. This song has become one of my favorites over these past ten years.

  2. It is a wonderful song ( what ones of Jerry's are not ). Forever after, Chestnut Street has been so meaninful. When I have friends visiting SF,give them the grand tour ( accompanied by your SF cd ) & I love coming down Lombard's crooked street, making that left turn at the bottom to see Alcatraz before me & then coming to Chestnut Street. I always play your song for them as we drive down toward North Beach.