Parvin & Patterson
Nob Hill Blues (Even the Fog is Blue)
NOB HILL BLUES (Even the Fog is Blue)
Parvin & Patterson
Copyright 2012

The City has pulled up her blanket
And curled up for the night
You're holed up in Sausalito
Not out of mind just out of sight
It's always been black and white
No grey areas with you
But tonight even the fog is blue...

I picked up your trail in Chinatown
Off the California line
Another mark running down
What I know could never be mine
My smoke rings climb to the mist
And change their hue
'Cause tonight even the fog is blue...


I'll do my best Dashiell Hammett
And take to the street
Make my way to Bush and Stockton
There's someone there I'm due to meet
Fog horns moan in the night
Right on cue
'Cause tonight even the fog is blue...

Yeah even the fog is blue
And my footsteps ring like gunshots
That ricochet down the avenue
With that genie in a bottle
And the Bird to get me through
I'm gonna wait right here for daylight
Don't want anybody to get hurt...

I'm gonna wait right here for daylight
Got the Bird to get me through
I'm gonna wait right here for daylight
Yes tonight even the fog is blue...

Lyrics Credits: Mark Patterson
Music Credits: Mark Patterson
Producer Credits: Lee Parvin & Mark Patterson
Performance Credits: Lee Parvin: Vocals, piano, organ. Barney Doyle: Guitar. Danny Montgomery: Drums
Short Song Description:
Slow, smoky blues tune set in post-WWII San Francisco on a night when "even the fog is blue". The song features brilliant performances by Lee Parvin on vocals, piano, and organ, with the always stout Danny Montgomery on drums.
Long Song Description:
"Nob Hill Blues" is a slow-burning blues tune that pays homage to the San Francisco of the 40's and 50's as our lonely protagonist walks the streets in search of love that got away and cannot be recaptured. The song features Lee Parvin on vocals, piano, and organ as he takes us on a tour of The City as Dashell Hammett might have walked it while writing The Maltese Falcon. Fans of detective stories will note references to parts of San Francisco such as Bush & Stockton, where the plot in Hammett's book actually begins to unfold.
Story Behind the Song:
Musical homage to post-WWII San Francisco, as our protagonist walks the fog-covered streets of The City in search of lost - and unrecoverable - love. Written as a slow, smoky blues tune, the song includes various references to the city, including at least one famous location from Dashell Hammett's Maltese Falcon.
Song Length: 4:45
Primary Genre: Blues-Traditional
Secondary Genre: Blues-Traditional
Tempo: Slow (71 - 90)
Lead Vocal: Male Vocal
Subject Matter 1: Loneliness
Subject Matter 2: Sorrow
Mood 1: Cool
Mood 2: Poignant
Similar Artist 1: Tony Bennett
Similar Artist 2: B.B. King
Language: English
Era: 2000 and later