I came here looking for something
I couldn't find anywhere else
Hey, I'm not tryin' to be nobody
I just wanna chance to be myself

I've spent a thousand miles of thumbin'
Yes, I've worn blisters on my heels
Trying to find me something better
Here on the streets of Bakersfield

Hey, you don't know me, but you don't like me
Say you care less how I feel
But how many of you that sit and judged me
Ever walked the streets of Bakersfield?

Spent some time in San Francisco
I spent a night there in the can
They threw this drunk man in my jail cell
I took fifteen dollars from that man

Left him my watch and my old house key
Don't want folks thinkin' that I'd steal
Then I thanked him as I was leaving
And I headed out for Bakersfield

Hey, you don't know me, but you don't like me
Say you care less how I feel
But how many of you that sit and judged me
Ever walked the streets of Bakersfield?

Hey, you don't know me, but you don't like me
Say you care less how I feel
But how many of you that sit and judged me
Ever walked the streets of Bakersfield?

How many of you that sit and judged me
Ever walked the streets of Bakersfield?


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Streets of Bakersfield Lyrics as written by Homer Joy

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    General Comment

    Who is the other singer in this song? Is it Buck Owens?

    McAulishon November 06, 2005   Link
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    General Comment

    It is Buck Owens. Buck was from Bakersfield and created the country music scene there.

    texstefanon April 15, 2008   Link
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    My Interpretation

    For me the song is simple and sincere plea against prejudice. You can't help but feel the Mexican Ranchera influence of the song, or deny Buck Owens' respect for Latino culture he was in contact with throughout his life, and its influence in his music. Perhaps the protagonist of the song is disliked just because of his heritage, or perhaps for the shabby appearance of drifter. Either way, have you walked in his shoes?

    WearSunscreenon January 11, 2010   Link
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    General Comment

    To me it's about Mexican Immigrants coming to the US and working for a better life for themselves and others. Bakersfield is a place where they find work and bust their asses for money so they can support their family. They face prejudice and discrimination and they tell those who judge them, "how many of you who judge me can do my job?"

    agarcia510on December 30, 2013   Link
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    My Interpretation

    So, I've thought about this song ever since I first heard it. To me (And of course I'm probably wrong), it's not only about the immigrants coming from south of the border, but also there was a time, in America, when people from Oklahoma were going to California to escape the horrid conditions left by the Dust Bowl. They were hated by many of the locals. Police were put on the California/Arizona border to keep them out. There was an "Anti-Okie" law that was later found to be unconstitutional but many of the migrants were treated as bad as they do the hispanic immigrants are today.

    jehjeh3711on October 06, 2015   Link
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    General Comment

    This song is about how Buck Owens was rejected for his origins which was a filthy little immigrant swamped town known as Bakersfiels. It has always been referred as California's asshole in the past. These days the state of California is known as America's asshole.

    joe1094274on February 23, 2020   Link

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