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John's Guide to CCR...GREEN RIVER b/w COMMOTION

Sat Oct 13, 2012 1:41 am

John's Guide to CCR...

GREEN RIVER b/w COMMOTION
Released: July 1969 (peak US chart position 2)
From: Green River

After Bayou Country, I began to feel I had the freedom or power to do what I wanted. And where I went, starting with “Bad Moon Rising”, was right to my emotional, musical core, which was very resonant of Sun Records. “Green River” was my favourite song from the Creedence era, because it really had the whole Sun Records vibe to me – and the album, too. The barefoot boy with a cane pole down by the river – it seemed to have that feel all over that album. My own personality really came to the fore. When I was 7, 8 years old, I started collecting titles, and “Green River” came from sitting at the counter at the drugstore a block-and-a-half from my house in El Cerrito. They served soft drinks, and behind the counter was a big bottle of Green River, which was a syrup. On the label there was this artist’s rendering of a sunset behind a little creek. I said, “‘Green River’… that’d be a cool song. Someday I should grow up and write it.”

“Green River” was a true place. It just seemed very Southern in nature, although it happened to be a place in Northern California. It was where my parents took the family on summer vacation, a two-room cabin. The creek, Putah Creek, was no more than 15 or 20 feet from the back door, and there was a rope hangin’ from the tree. I discovered pollywogs the first time I went underwater. It was quite a strong memory. Here, nearly 60 years later, it’s still quite a strong memory of… I don’t know… discovery, independence.

I didn’t think “Commotion” was social commentary, ’cause all this stuff was just in the air. I realised it wasn’t “Blue Suede Shoes”, but, trust me, if I could’ve written “Blue Suede Shoes”, I would’ve sold my soul for it. But I was writing about what was in the air, and that was what came out of me. I was just doing what came naturally.

Re: John's Guide to CCR...GREEN RIVER b/w COMMOTION

Mon Oct 15, 2012 10:02 pm

Nice observations from John Fogerty, one of the great songwriters and singers in rock history.

Looks like you found it on Fogerty's Facebook page, yes?

https://www.facebook.com/johnfogerty

Rich_TCB wrote:John's Guide to CCR...

GREEN RIVER b/w COMMOTION
Released: July 1969 (peak US chart position 2)
From: Green River

After Bayou Country, I began to feel I had the freedom or power to do what I wanted. And where I went, starting with “Bad Moon Rising”, was right to my emotional, musical core, which was very resonant of Sun Records. “Green River” was my favourite song from the Creedence era, because it really had the whole Sun Records vibe to me – and the album, too. The barefoot boy with a cane pole down by the river – it seemed to have that feel all over that album. My own personality really came to the fore. When I was 7, 8 years old, I started collecting titles, and “Green River” came from sitting at the counter at the drugstore a block-and-a-half from my house in El Cerrito. They served soft drinks, and behind the counter was a big bottle of Green River, which was a syrup. On the label there was this artist’s rendering of a sunset behind a little creek. I said, “‘Green River’… that’d be a cool song. Someday I should grow up and write it.”

“Green River” was a true place. It just seemed very Southern in nature, although it happened to be a place in Northern California. It was where my parents took the family on summer vacation, a two-room cabin. The creek, Putah Creek, was no more than 15 or 20 feet from the back door, and there was a rope hangin’ from the tree. I discovered pollywogs the first time I went underwater. It was quite a strong memory. Here, nearly 60 years later, it’s still quite a strong memory of… I don’t know… discovery, independence.

I didn’t think “Commotion” was social commentary, ’cause all this stuff was just in the air. I realised it wasn’t “Blue Suede Shoes”, but, trust me, if I could’ve written “Blue Suede Shoes”, I would’ve sold my soul for it. But I was writing about what was in the air, and that was what came out of me. I was just doing what came naturally.

Re: John's Guide to CCR...GREEN RIVER b/w COMMOTION

Mon Oct 15, 2012 11:51 pm

drjohncarpenter wrote:Looks like you found it on Fogerty's Facebook page, yes?


Yes I did . . . I've posted one or two other similar posts here before. I really enjoy reading his thoughts on those classic songs and the background information.

I agree - he's one of the greatest.

Re: John's Guide to CCR...GREEN RIVER b/w COMMOTION

Fri Oct 19, 2012 7:54 am

Very nice read cheers for posting rich.looking forward to john's new album i understand he has been in the studio and things are moving along very nicely !!!

Re: John's Guide to CCR...GREEN RIVER b/w COMMOTION

Sat Oct 20, 2012 4:49 am

Indeed - I'm also looking forward to the new album very much.

John Fogerty + Foo Fighters = :smt023