♫ Lodi ♫

I started posting music a couple of weeks ago as a way to get rid of some extreme angst at that moment.  I figured I would do it for a day or two, a week at the most.  But I am having so much fun with this that I’m not ready to give it up yet!  You guys have made this so much fun with your comments and shared memories, that I now look forward to finding just the right song every night right before going to bed.  So, for now I keep doing it, and I hope you’ll all forgive me for the occasional bad choice.

Written by John Fogerty and performed by Credence Clearwater Revival, Lodi was released in April 1969 as the flip side of Bad Moon Rising.  Lodi is a small agricultural town in California’s Central Valley about 70 miles from Fogerty’s hometown of Berkeley.  A bunch of people (Tesla, Emmylou Harris, Amy Ray, Shawn Colvin, Tom Jones, Buck Owens, Jeffrey Foucault, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Ronnie Hawkins, Smokie, Dan Penn, Al Wilson, The Blue Aeroplanes, Tim Armstrong, FIDLAR, Freddie King, the Italian band Stormy Six, Bo Diddley, and Eric Church) have recorded this, but my favourite will always remain CCR.  And by the way … The Flying Burrito Brothers???  Seriously???

Lodi
Creedence Clearwater Revival
Just about a year ago
I set out on the road
Seekin’ my fame and fortune
Lookin’ for a pot of gold
Thing got bad things got worse
I guess you will know the tune
Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again
I rode in on the Greyhound
I’ll be walkin’ out if I go
I was just passin’ through
Must be seven seven months or more
Ran out of time and money
Looks like they took my friends
Oh Lord, I’m stuck in Lodi again
The man from the magazine
Said I was on my way
Somewhere I lost connections
Ran out of songs to play
I came into town, a one night stand
Looks like my plans fell through
Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again
If I only had a dollar
For ev’ry song I’ve sung
And ev’ry time I had to play
While people sat there drunk
You know, I’d catch the next train
Back to where I live
Oh Lord, I’m stuck in Lodi again
Oh Lord, I’m stuck in Lodi again
Songwriters: John Cameron Fogerty
Lodi lyrics © Concord Music Group, Inc

24 thoughts on “♫ Lodi ♫

  1. Nat King Cole was my Father’s favorite singer. Unforgettable was my parents favorite song from the time it was first released in about 1951. They had a 10 inch LP record that they played and would dance together while we children watched from our spots on the sofa and applauded… they were great dance partners. I have a very distinctly clear memory of the family watching the old TV show “This Is Your Life” hosted by Ralph Edwards honoring Nat King Cole on Jan. 6, 1960. It had been my younger sister’s 10th. birthday party earlier that day. The event was momentous because she got her first Barbie doll…an event that is forever etched in my mind. My Father was beyond horrified and said that the doll would never last. On this, he was wrong! My propensity for loquacity and the unfolding convolutions of my brain are a dangerous combination! Enjoy your Saturday dear friend! Thank-you!

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  2. I would usually find no fault with today’s choice, however, I had harbored hope for another choice given the significance of the day. Natalie Cole’s Unforgettable : With Love hit the #1 spot on the Billboard 200 chart today in 1991. Now, I was not a huge Natalie Cole fan…but the combination of her voice and the voice of her father, the immortal Nat King Cole, was outstanding. It became the 1991 Song of the Year, and Album of the Year. No problem though, I still have the album and can listen as I choose. Lest I sound offensive, I will soften my small criticism by saying I love Creedence Clearwater Revival. Who, of my generation, doesn’t remember “Who’ll Stop The Rain” and “Have You Ever Seen The Rain”? I’m climbing off my soapbox to say, “Thank-you”!

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    • Awwww … I’m so sorry, and if I had realized the significance of the date, I absolutely would have played Unforgettable! Like you, I love the combination of her voice and her father’s, whom I have always liked a lot! I’ll make it up to you. Next week. Somehow. I am taking tomorrow off for a bit of R&R after a rotten week, so please tell Benjamin I’m sorry to miss Saturday Surprise this week, but I’ll make it up to him! Have a great weekend, my friend!

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