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Walk Away Renee by The Left Banke
December 28, 2018

Born on the Bayou by CCR

Creedence Clearwater Revival Born on the Bayou

The song was written by group member, guitarist, and lead vocalist John Fogerty. The song was the first released in 1969 as the B-Side to their single of “Proud Mary.” (That song went to #2 on the U.S. Billboard Hot 100 and charted well internationally.)  “Born on the Bayou” was the first track on CCR’s 1969 album Bayou Country.  Although Fogerty hails from Berkeley, California, he imagined this sort of mythical childhood and life in the bayou. The hoodoo mentioned in the lyrics is an apparition, of the magical, otherworldly kind.  And “chooglin” is to have raucous good time.

“Born on the Bayou” was the first song CCR played at the Woodstock Festival in 1969. They performed 11 songs on the second day, beginning at 3:30 a.m. At that point, Fogerty says, ” There were half a million people asleep…These people were out. It was sort of like a painting of a Dante scene, just bodies from hell, all intertwined and asleep, covered with mud.” What Fogerty likes to remember about their performance is that about a quarter mile away, he saw someone flick his lighter in the darkness and heard  him yell, “Don’t worry about it, John. We’re with you.” Fogerty says he played the rest of the show for that guy.

CCR often opened their concerts with “Born on the Bayou,” as it had become a signature song. It is on Rolling Stone’s list of “100 Greatest Guitar Songs.”

The group members were John Fogerty , Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook, and Doug Clifford. Clifford says that this is his favorite of their songs — bar none.

In the spirit of 60s-style “do your own thing,” this is the longer album version rather than the 3.42-minute single version, because, well,  I like it better.

Here are the lyrics to “Born on the Bayou” by CCR:

Now when I was just a little boy

Standin’ to my Daddy’s knee
My Poppa said, “Son don’t let the man get you

Do what he done to me
‘Cause he’ll get you

‘Cause he’ll get you now now.”
And I can remember the fourth of July
Runnin’ through the backwood bare.
And I can still hear my old hound dog barkin’ ,
Chasin’ down a hoodoo there
Chasin’ down a hoodoo there.

Born on the bayou
Born on the bayou
Born on the bayou.

Wish I were back on the bayou
Rollin’ with some Cajun Queen.
Wishin’ I were a fast freight train, oh,
Just a-chooglin’ on down to New Orleans.

Born on the bayou
Born on the bayou
Born on the bayou.

Do it, do it, do it. Oh, Lord.
Oh get back buddy.

I can remember the fourth of July,
Runnin’ through the backwood bare.
And I can still hear my old hound dog barkin’,
Chasin’ down a hoodoo there,
Chasin’ down a hoodoo there.

Born on the bayou
Born on the bayou
Born on the bayou.

All right! Do, do, do, do.
Mmmmmmm, oh.

If you are interested in other songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival: “Bad Moon Rising,” “Down on the Corner,” and “Susie Q.”

Check Out The Groove Pad for More 1960s Music

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