“Bob” is the title track of a Willis Brothers album released on the Starday label in 1967:
“Bob” The Willis Brothers 1967
“Remember the good ol’ days ’round the ‘Frisco yards, Bob? For you, they’re gone,” the song taunts. Bob’s friend, the song’s protagonist, is staying with Bob for a short visit – telling stories of the past, stoking the fires of wanderlust and making Bob’s wife nervous. But then, in a nice ironic twist, the friend surprises us by informing Bob:
“Just forget all the talk, Bob, about the good ol’ days. ‘Cause your wife is a little bit scared, Bob, you want to be free. But you and me both know, Bob, you’re better off than me. Remember those cold nights out in the ‘Frisco yards, Bob – and the hard cold ground?”
Song title would be commandeered 36 years later by Weird Al for his brilliant Dylan spoof.
Is it too much of a stretch to tag this piece as “Latin Soul” due to the use of mariachi horns throughout the song?