Too Much Free Time: Guy Writes a Song for Chron Reporter Henry K. Lee on YouTube

We know Henry K. Lee best as the veteran Chronicle reporter who has been chasing crime stories across the Bay Area since 1994. And while we'd expect him to have a strong following at this point in his career, it seems a complete stranger has taken an unusual liking (or disliking) to Lee's dark and bleak prose about the “grit and grime” of San Francisco streets.

In a roughly-five-minute song on YouTube, this fan croons a ballad detailing stories written by the local news reporter for seemingly no reason at all. 

“The white guy in the video is not me! In fact, I don't know who he is, never met the guy, and I didn't commission the song,” Lee told SF Weekly. “That being said, I'm strangely honored and shocked at the same time that my work would go recognized in such an unusual  — if not macabre — way.”

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