♫ Bad Moon Rising ♫ (Redux)

As I was catching up on comments late tonight, I noted that blogging friend Mary Plumbago had mentioned a couple of song titles that our current situation brought to her mind, and one of those was this one, Bad Moon Rising, by Creedence Clearwater Revival.  As I sit here, well past the time that most normal people are sawing logs and dreaming of mermaids under the sea, I am pondering … pondering the future of this nation.  When I re-read this post that I first played in 2018, and I read the words of John Fogerty saying that the song is about “the apocalypse that was going to be visited upon us”, I cannot help but relate it to our current situation — a volatile election, an incumbent with the mentality of a 4-year-old child, a global standing teetering on the brink of being annihilated, and a world seemingly gone mad.  Tonight, my friends, I feel a bad moon rising …

John Fogerty explained that the lyrics were inspired by a movie called The Devil And Daniel Webster, in which a hurricane wipes out most of a town. This is where he got the idea for the words “I feel the hurricane blowin’, I hope you’re quite prepared to die.” Overall, he said the song is about the “apocalypse that was going to be visited upon us.”  That is a theme that, I think, is just about as relevant today as it was in 1969 when this song was released by Creedence Clearwater Revival, aka CCR.

The song reached its US chart peak of #2 (one of five CCR songs to place that this position – they never got to #1) on July 28, 1969, eight days after the Apollo 11 moon landing. The song has nothing to do with space travel, but the title was somewhat apropos, especially after the mission succeeded.

Now, you all know that I am the world’s worst at getting song lyrics all wrong, so I took some pleasure in reading that the line, “There’s a bad moon on the rise” has often been mistaken for “There’s a bathroom on the right”!

And now, I give you Creedence Clearwater Revival …

Bad Moon Rising
Creedence Clearwater Revival

I see a bad moon a-rising
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin’
I see bad times today

Don’t go ’round tonight
It’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise

I hear hurricanes a-blowing
I know the end is coming soon
I fear rivers over flowing
I hear the voice of rage and ruin

Don’t go ’round tonight
It’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise

I hope you got your things together
I hope you are quit prepared to die
Look’s like we’re in for nasty weather
One eye is taken for an eye

Oh don’t go ’round tonight
It’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise
There’s a bad moon on the rise

Songwriters: John C. Fogerty
Bad Moon Rising lyrics © The Bicycle Music Company

21 thoughts on “♫ Bad Moon Rising ♫ (Redux)

  1. I was on the sofa all day long doing nothing and continuously thought of the Shirelles (I believe) ” Mama Said There’ll be Days like This”, but that bad moon is most certainly rising. Thanks for the reminder. I shall have an oldie day tomorrow being busy with my FutureLearn courses 😁🙋‍♀️🐝

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