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Creedence Clearwater Revival — Born On The Bayou
Album: Bayou Country
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Released: 1969
Length: 5:15
Plays (last 30 days): 1
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 backwoods 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
Yoh, yoh

Wish I was back on the Bayou
Rollin' with some Cajun Queen
Wishin' I were a fast freight train
Just a-chooglin' on down to New Orleans

Born on the Bayou
Born on the Bayou
Born on the Bayou
Yoh, yoh

Do it, do it, do it, do it
Oh, Lord

Oh, get back, boy

I can remember the fourth of July
Runnin' through the backwoods 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
Yoh, yoh
Born on the Bayou
Alright!

Do, do, do, do

Mm-mm-mmm, oh...
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The hook is the 16th note fills on bass and melodic run in the outro.
I wasn't born on the Bayou, but I got here as fast as I could
Classic!
Im an oldie, but this has got to be my all time fav ccr song.
Cool
Catchy
Rock
 Rockit9 wrote:
Swamp Rock at it's BEST!
 
Absolutely
!!
I listened this on the original Vynil of my mother. My first music with the Beatles. Priceless ! 10
 treatment_bound wrote:
Does anybody out there know how to "choogle"?


 
Get on an old train.
 idiot_wind wrote:
That boogie woogie, with the shimmy shammy, and the hoochie coochie...will get ya every single time.  
 

Don't forget the Wang Dang Doodle!
Just the right amount of cowbell!
 JB50 wrote:
foggerty rocks.
 
I think you're a little foggy on the name.  ; )
foggerty rocks.
What's a "hoodoo"?
That boogie woogie, with the shimmy shammy, and the hoochie coochie...will get ya every single time.  
Swamp Rock at it's BEST!
 agd3 wrote:
CCR Gold...1977 in my Dad's VW Sunbug.  My first album where I knew every song by heart.  7 years old.  Gives me the feeling now that I might have understood the '70s if I were older.
 
You probably wouldn't remember the 70's if you were older then.
All great reviews.  That"s what legends are made of.
CCR Gold...1977 in my Dad's VW Sunbug.  My first album where I knew every song by heart.  7 years old.  Gives me the feeling now that I might have understood the '70s if I were older.
1970.  Eight years old
 
On the banks of Bayou de Glais in the heart of Cajun country.  Sitting on the unpainted porch of my grandfather's porch, complete with old fashioned wringer washing machine and rainwater cistern.
 
My "cool" cousin Brent and two of his friends: bass, guitar and drums.  Warm up song? "Born on the Bayou."
 
Grandfather gets a call from the folks across the bayou "we thought it was the radio."
 
Still have Brent's Marley wah pedal.
 
 LowPhreak wrote:
Makes me wanna choogle on down to Noo Awleans...
 
Oh yeah! I'm gonna hop on board that train too.
Love the raw energy!
As soon as I hear Fulsom Prison Blues end... I just KNOW that this song is going to play next.

(and I don't even have to use the Force) 
Makes me wanna choogle on down to Noo Awleans...
 ppopp wrote:
The most annoying vocal performance this week.

 
JF does sound like he's constantly taking a shit, doesn't he? 

Despite this, I really like the amazing CCR output from the late 60s/early 70s - this is an easy 9 for me.  Long Live RP!! 

 
 
Godlike segue, Bill:
 
Johnny Cash "Folsom Prison Blues" --> this
 
 
I give both songs a 10.
 benhardt57 wrote:
Do they have Cajun queens in San Francisco too?

 
They did in El Cerrito, but they only came out at night.
The most annoying vocal performance this week.
 hayduke2 wrote:
read this drictor:
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness by Edward Abbey

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_Solitaire

party on  : )

 
Read a lot of the man back in the day when I was living in SLC and spending a lot of time wandering around in the desert.  Might have to read it again!
read this drictor:
Desert Solitaire: A Season in the Wilderness by Edward Abbey

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Desert_Solitaire

party on  : )
We be Chublin' on down!
Do they have Cajun queens in San Francisco too?
Quintessential rock song. Gets cranked every time it comes on.
 drictor wrote:

River trip in southern Utah circa early to mid eighties.  Buddy pulls a boom box out of his river bag somewhere along the way.  One morning, breakfast was coffee and mushrooms.  Had the boom box cranked up to 11 with CCR on, whole gang was naked and rolling in the mud next to the river. 

Funny thing was, we heard through the grape vine that one of the commercial trips that passed us that day had someone mention that she hoped all the women were on birth control. 

Ahhh, those were the days...



 
WOOOO-HOOOO!!!

CCR boomin' off the walls must have been so excellent!  4 Corners is a profound region imo, Super story  drictor  : )
I'm pretty sure the song is about Louisiana bayous.
Always loved this. 8 > 9
{#Devil_pimp} zesty !
Always loved the bridge on this ... ridiculously simple but so well done.  And then the bass rips in ... {#Bananajam}


Not bad for a group of guys from the San Francisco Bay Area.
Mo' Cowbell! {#Drunk}
Gotta love that California swamp rock blues. Which I do.
Saw them in person. Outstanding group.
 Proclivities wrote:

So, you only like "profound" music?

 
Anyway, there's something profound about taking a apparently banal fragment of life, a mere vignette, and using it to show us something huge and universal and meaningful. A lot of great songs do this, but also the best children's books. Take Brassens' Le Parapluie for example, and for children's books, the Frog and Toad books or "The Big Big Sea". I can hear snickering at the back there, but it's true.
 jbuhl wrote:
Remember as a early teen in the 70s  laying in the bed and hearing this blaring from the jukebox at the burger joint next door.
 
Ah yes, and sadly those days are gone forever.
Now we have Trumps and Kardashians and Biebers; Oh My!
Meanwhile, this song (and most Creedence) still sounds oh so good all these years later!
Remember as a early teen in the 70s  laying in the bed and hearing this blaring from the jukebox at the burger joint next door.
{#Guitarist}  {#Bananajam}{#Drummer}  {#Motor} {#Dancingbanana_2}
 acidreflucks wrote:
An old favorite for many but never that profound.  Time to retire it methinks
 
So, you only like "profound" music?
This was nearly a fine song, but the singer lost the plot and kept repeating himself too much. And his voice has a little too much attitude for the flow and tempo.
Aaa, bit of Johnny Cash, CCR, We're on a roll here
The movie "Deliverance" springs to mind....{#Skull}
Tony Joe White's 'Polk Salad Annie' would be a good follow-up Bill
.
(just thinking out loud) 
Chasin' down a Yoh, yoh.

River trip in southern Utah circa early to mid eighties.  Buddy pulls a boom box out of his river bag somewhere along the way.  One morning, breakfast was coffee and mushrooms.  Had the boom box cranked up to 11 with CCR on, whole gang was naked and rolling in the mud next to the river. 

Funny thing was, we heard through the grape vine that one of the commercial trips that passed us that day had someone mention that she hoped all the women were on birth control. 

Ahhh, those were the days...


I AM CHASIN DOWN A HOODOO THERE
 Ahnyer_Keester wrote:
Sorry, not a CCR fan at all. PSD takes me to Procol Harum, Conquistador and I feel much better. See ya'll on the other side.

 
okay
keep your head warm
and look both ways before you cross
most excellent man  (why yes, light up that tiny little critter and pass it along : )
 agd3 wrote:
Not too bad for San Fran boys...

 
Actually, they were East Bay fellows, El Cerrito.
 marcusmg wrote:
Great vocal, guitar & bass!{#Bananajam}

 
And just the right amount of cow bell.

 Agreed, %100

marcusmg wrote:

Great vocal, guitar & bass!{#Bananajam}

 


 treatment_bound wrote:

Does anybody out there know how to "choogle"?



 

On_The_Beach wrote:

I think it involves corn liquor and a rubber hose.

  

garyalex wrote:

I think it requires a fast freight train.

  
And lastly, a very willing farmer's daughter. 
Another shockingly good segue: from  Johnny Cash — Folsom Prison Blues  to this.  
Sorry, not a CCR fan at all. PSD takes me to Procol Harum, Conquistador and I feel much better. See ya'll on the other side.
 agd3 wrote:
Not too bad for San Fran boys...

 
Crazy how good their version of Bayou music is/was.
An old favorite for many but never that profound.  Time to retire it methinks
Get back buddy.
Not too bad for San Fran boys...
 treatment_bound wrote:

Does anybody out there know how to "choogle"?



 
I think it requires a fast freight train.
John Fogarty's live album starts with this track.  And the whole album is outstanding.
 treatment_bound wrote:

Does anybody out there know how to "choogle"?

 
I think it involves corn liquor and a rubber hose.
 Proclivities wrote:
 treatment_bound wrote:

Does anybody out there know how to "choogle"? 


Gentlemen don't discuss such matters.

 
Nor will there be any discussion of the events on the Fourth of July.

 treatment_bound wrote:

Does anybody out there know how to "choogle"? 


Gentlemen don't discuss such matters.

Does anybody out there know how to "choogle"?


 cosmiclint wrote:

Thanks, RT. I've updated the link in my original post. Who keeps moving things around in my Internet?
 
That's a good question...  I bet it's a bunch of communists...

everybody in my mushrooming multitude of homeless camps loves this song...  we be dancing like bowlegged gypsy muleskinners...

hope life is grand for you right now, cosmiclint...
Unusually annoying for this band.
CCR may well have some claim to the greatest American rock act. Yeah, the foundation was rockabilly. Yeah, blues. Yeah, and a lot of covers too. But they also had a lot of original and big hits, including iconic tracks like Fortunate Son and Bad Moon Rising, and they had a 7years+ of mainstream radio and album penetration. Plus, they had some whup ass.  Too bad sibling rivalry and a greedy ass label owner messed it up. 
{#Dancingbanana_2}
Great vocal, guitar & bass!{#Bananajam}
Whoah...It's the early 80s: I am jamming this in my old hard-top '61 Impala, setting out from 745 Arapaho in Boulder, with all the windows down; this tune is already old but it's on its way back, (it was way before 'Classic Rock' radio burn-out set in) and Life is TASTY indeed...
Terrific....flashback....to my  '57 Ford with 4&8 track cruising down Hwy 99 in Oregon way back in the sixties listening to CCR.  
{#Motor}
Hard to decide if I want to sing, dance, or play it on guitar.  Go forever John...
 Lazarus wrote:

Very interesting! That link these days has to be redirected from the baseball definition of a center fielder to the Wikipedia reference to the album Centerfielder...

love this song...
 

 
Thanks, RT. I've updated the link in my original post. Who keeps moving things around in my Internet?
john has been rocking his butt off for decades, his ufo stuff  ( eye of the zombie) is incred{#Dancingbanana}able.{#Dance}
 cosmiclint wrote:

If you're referring to the lawsuit Saul Zaentz filed against John for sounding like himself, I don't think it slowed him down any, and he ultimately won the case. Wikipedia provides a good summary:
The defendant Fogerty ultimately prevailed, when he showed that the two songs were whole, separate and distinct compositions. Bringing his guitar to the witness stand, he played excerpts from both songs, demonstrating that many songwriters (himself included) have distinctive styles that can make different compositions sound similar to less discerning ears.

After prevailing as defendant, Fogerty sued Zaentz for the cost of defending himself against the copyright infringement. In such (copyright) cases, prevailing defendants seeking recompense were bound to show that the original suit was frivolous or made in bad faith. Fogerty v. Fantasy became precedent when the Supreme Court (1993) overturned lower court rulings and awarded attorneys' fees to Fogerty, without Fogerty having to show that Zaentz's original suit was frivolous.
I love the bit about "less discerning ears."

 
Very interesting! That link these days has to be redirected from the baseball definition of a center fielder to the Wikipedia reference to the album Centerfielder...

love this song...
 
I always thought the band was formed in Berkeley and that Tom & John where from Louisiana.
I checked and Bill was right.  They were born in Berkeley.
CCR - R&R as it should be. Honest and crystal clear. Great!
Ah, you've gone and spoiled it Bill!
I really thought he was born on the Bayou! :) 
I still remember hearing this in my mom's 1962 Buick Skylark, KYES AM radio, Roseburg, Oregon. I kept cranking it up and she'd yell, "Turn that down!" Thanks for the memories, and I don't care how overplayed this is I still dig it.
This song is long overdue for termination....  wayyyy toooo overplayed.....
Best rock'n' roll voice this side of 50!  I mean my side of... going away, ya know!!         {#Eh}
 calypsus_1 wrote:

John Fogerty - Born on the bayou, Live

The long road home concert

"With CCR and alone, the sound was truly unique and unmatched by any other artist. Like the Beach Boys, this is the perfect example of American music that could never be duplicated by anyone. Timeless, even to this day. "  Entertainmentwriter

 

 

 

Exactly my sentiments and thanks for the link
Those ole' days ain't over, man. {#Bananajam}
Cosmo smokes!
 mikexican wrote:
CCR makes me want to smash my speakers. They are an icon of 'everything bad' about the 70s.
 
Funny in that they were pretty much done by the 70's.
{#Cowboy}
"Oh, uh, yeah, uh... a tape deck, some Creedence tapes, and there was a, uh... uh, my briefcase."
 fredriley wrote:

That's certainly a, erm, 'distinctive' voice, and one which I have to be in the right mood to enjoy. Right now, it's going through my brain like a hacksaw blade so it's away to the blessed relief of the mute button. Other times I've quite enjoyed this song. It just goes to show how mood can affect your liking, or not, of a song.

 
Fred, I bet you'd like "It Came Out of the Sky." Not so grainy and gritty, but really pretty funny, lyrically. I have ideas for a story based on this song.  It might even make a good movie - especially if one were to develop the narrative and the various characters. It's a story with a beginning, a middle, and an end, with lots of potential for expansion. Maybe I'll do THIS for my Nanowrimo (National Novel Writing Month) in November... {#Mrgreen}
 TerryS wrote:
Bought this LP for a party in 1969, it never left the record player that night, just flipped and needle dropped.
The album still holds its own 42 years later. . . .
 
Check out the recently released remaster; sounds great!

Bought this LP for a party in 1969, it never left the record player that night, just got flipped and needle dropped.
The album still holds its own 42 years later.
 And if Romeotuma wants to dance to these tracks, he'd better be in good shape :)
                                              {#Bananajam}
CCR makes me want to smash my speakers. They are an icon of 'everything bad' about the 70s.
I LOVE THIIIIIIIIIIIIIIS!!! {#Notworthy}
More Cowbell!!!

John Fogerty - Born on the bayou, Live

The long road home concert

"With CCR and alone, the sound was truly unique and unmatched by any other artist. Like the Beach Boys, this is the perfect example of American music that could never be duplicated by anyone. Timeless, even to this day. "  Entertainmentwriter

 

 




 helgigermany wrote:
This simple rock music and the incredible voice fascinates me every time i hear them! Easy 7-8!!

 
That's certainly a, erm, 'distinctive' voice, and one which I have to be in the right mood to enjoy. Right now, it's going through my brain like a hacksaw blade so it's away to the blessed relief of the mute button. Other times I've quite enjoyed this song. It just goes to show how mood can affect your liking, or not, of a song.

 MinMan wrote:

Isn't this the musical equivelent of performing in 'black face'?

Whatever you call it, it is equally offensive.


 
And what/whom do you think he's offended? I mean—besides you? And does the "blackface" remark also apply to, say, Eric Clapton for playing Robert Johnson, Led Zep for playing Howlin' Wolf, or The Beatles for playing The Marvelettes? Does it work the other way? Hendrix shouldn't have played "Hey, Joe," P.M. Dawn "Norwegian Wood," or Living Colour "Jumpin' Jack Flash?"

BTW, I was going to write—before tripping over this unfortunate comment—that Doug Clifford's drumming on this song is one of his finer moments.
Great cover art.
 jimbaca wrote:
CCR at their absolute finest!
  You're right, buddy!

Thank you, Bill!!! 

This song makes me think about Waterboy, with the great Kathy BATES.


 jimbaca wrote:
CCR at their absolute finest!
 

Remember how the world was.... scary Man!! But what great music came out of that era....

CCR at their absolute finest!
See #101 on this blog:


 
MinMan wrote:

Isn't this the musical equivelent of performing in 'black face'?

Whatever you call it, it is equally offensive.

 


This simple rock music and the incredible voice fascinates me every time i hear them! Easy 7-8!!

 marko86 wrote:


Zaentz died eventually. The record company made up with Fogerty and he is now touring and performing CCR songs again and he sounds as great as ever. Pick up "Revival". It is for all practical purposes, a CCR album, thru and thru.
 
Right. I remember thinking I should pick that one up. Thanks for the reminder.

 cosmiclint wrote:

If you're referring to the lawsuit Saul Zaentz filed against John for sounding like himself, I don't think it slowed him down any, and he ultimately won the case. Wikipedia provides a good summary:
The defendant Fogerty ultimately prevailed, when he showed that the two songs were whole, separate and distinct compositions. Bringing his guitar to the witness stand, he played excerpts from both songs, demonstrating that many songwriters (himself included) have distinctive styles that can make different compositions sound similar to less discerning ears.

After prevailing as defendant, Fogerty sued Zaentz for the cost of defending himself against the copyright infringement. In such (copyright) cases, prevailing defendants seeking recompense were bound to show that the original suit was frivolous or made in bad faith. Fogerty v. Fantasy became precedent when the Supreme Court (1993) overturned lower court rulings and awarded attorneys' fees to Fogerty, without Fogerty having to show that Zaentz's original suit was frivolous.
I love the bit about "less discerning ears."

 

Zaentz died eventually. The record company made up with Fogerty and he is now touring and performing CCR songs again and he sounds as great as ever. Pick up "Revival". It is for all practical purposes, a CCR album, thru and thru.
Must move body.
In answer to those who question they're right to sing this way or about somewhere they never went.....I give you the Rolling Stones...
from middle class, London  backgrounds.


MinMan wrote:

Isn't this the musical equivelent of performing in 'black face'?

Whatever you call it, it is equally offensive.

Provincial PC think, if I take your comment literally. MinMan, it would expand your horizons to get out and spend some time in the smaller corners of these United States. CCR is beautifully mining the feel of swamp pop, but that has nothing to do with race. Meet me in Breaux Bridge. Over a plate of crawfish etoufee, you can try to guess the ethnic background of the next dozen people who walk in. It's a beautifully stirred melting pot in my home nape 'O the woods, and wonderfully soulful sounds come from musicians of every shade. There's one (Sonny Landreth) coming up next.


always wondered how these boys from el cerrito wound up with a bayou fetish — which incidentally, sounds absolutely nothing like music that actually comes out of the bayou
 MinMan wrote:

Isn't this the musical equivelent of performing in 'black face'?

Whatever you call it, it is equally offensive.


 

WHAT?!!! {#Beat}
Did you know that JF never set foot in NOLA or the surrounding areas while writing these songs. Strictly a California guy.
OH HELL YEAH.