She Was Baking Bread

Jefferson Berry

Rented a Room in the City

Up on 15th Street.
Living straight on the edge of the Castro
In the Early 1980s.

My roommate was a dancer
At the Restaurant School;
Always cooking it up on the dance floor
Always warm, yet always so cool.

Her kitchen was her canvas;
Sal, Suz and me, her gallery
Each of the smells had a story to tell;
Ya, we was always hungry for Cathie

She Was Baking Bread That Day
Surrounded by the love of her friends
And her special sense of grace
She Was Baking Bread That Day
Back then we never felt cheated
Or lost to our own fate
She Was Baking Bread

Bernal Heights was a little rough at night,
Before she came to stay.
A whole lotta good came to the neighborhood
With the Liberty Café.

Mixed chicories & some Pt. Reyes Blue Cheese,
Walnuts and a warm (date) vinaigrette,
A Bottle from Sonoma,
And please bring some mo of that
Tasty fresh-baked bread.

You gotta try her Chicken Pot Pie;
It has crust, they make it right here.
Bring your hunger with you,
there’s something on the menu
To put your soul into gear.

 

 

She Was Baking Bread That Day
Surrounded by the love of her friends
And her special sense of grace
She Was Baking Bread That Day
Cathie made sure you never felt cheated
Or lost to your own fate
She Was Baking Bread

Over a cup of coffee she told me ‘bout
What she’d been going through.
Never said anything about the end
Never gave into to the gloom.
Joyous and fearless she spoke of dancing
With her special friend;
And sailing off into endless sunsets,
And getting to unfinished plans
As I was leaving, the kitchen was full of
Cooks and baking bread.
As she introduced each one of them to me,
Their eyes looked back and said.

 

We are Baking Bread Today
Surrounded by the love of this friend
And her special sense of grace
We are Baking Bread Today
Cathie taught us to never feel cheated
Or lost to our own fate
She Was Baking Bread
She Was Baking Bread

 

 

JB:  Lead Vocals & Guitars

Briana Berry:  Lead & Harmony Vocals

Bud Burroughs:  Mandolin

Billy Hyatt:  Bass & Harmony Vocals

Command R

Restarts Song

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