♫ Lookin’ Out My Back Door ♫

It’s colder than heck most everyplace, so I thought tonight would be a good time to play something to get your toes tapping, stir the adrenaline, and warm you up a bit.

Released in July 1970, this one by Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), hit #2 in the U.S., but only went to #20 in the UK.  Still, #20 isn’t all that bad, all things considered.

This song was partly written for John Fogerty’s son Josh, who at the time was three years old. According to Fogerty …

“I knew he would love it if he heard me on the radio singing – doot doot doo, lookin’ out my back door.”

And the part about a parade passing was inspired, according to John, by a Dr. Seuss book that he read as a kid titled To Think I Saw It On Mulberry Street.  But, apparently conspiracy theorists even delve into music to spin their tall tales, for many people thought this was about drugs when it was really an innocent song inspired by a child. According to the drug theory, the “Flying Spoon” was a cocaine spoon, and the crazy animal images were an acid trip.

Lookin’ Out My Back Door
Creedence Clearwater Revival

Just got home from Illinois, lock the front door, oh boy!
Got to sit down, take a rest on the porch
Imagination sets in, pretty soon I’m singin’
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door

There’s a giant doin’ cartwheels, a statue wearin’ high heels
Look at all the happy creatures dancin’ on the lawn
Dinosaur Victrola, listenin’ to Buck Owens
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door

Tambourines and elephants are playin’ in the band
Won’t you take a ride on the flyin’ spoon? Dood-n-doo-doo
Wonderous apparition provided by magician
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door

Tambourines and elephants are playin’ in the band
Won’t you take a ride on the flyin’ spoon? Dood-n-doo-doo
Bother me tomorrow, today I’ll buy no sorrows
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door

Forward troubles Illinois, lock the front door, oh boy!
Look at all the happy creatures dancin’ on the lawn
Bother me tomorrow, today I’ll buy no sorrows
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door

Source: Musixmatch
Songwriters: J. C. Fogerty
Lookin’ Out My Back Door lyrics © Jondora Music

20 thoughts on “♫ Lookin’ Out My Back Door ♫

  1. Happy Coldness Appreciation Day, Jill!Lol
    Sorry, i can feel with you, even here since yesterday the temperatures are going higher Fantastic song, but in real here the backdoor is secured to the max. One does not know, who would knocking. 😉 Michael

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    • I don’t think I am appreciating the coldness very much tonight, Michael! Next week is supposed to get above freezing and I am so looking forward to it!

      I’m glad you liked the song! Yes, here the backdoor is kept locked, too, for … you just never know. One time several years ago, my granddaughter and I were here alone, it was somewhat late at night, maybe around 10:00, and we had forgotten to lock the front door. Suddenly the door opened and a man walked in! I nearly had heart failure! Turns out he was looking for his daughter’s house, and it was an honest mistake, as we live in a townhouse complex where every house looks exactly like every other house on the street, but it could have been so much worse! Since then, we have learned!

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  2. A great song, from an incredibly good album. I don’t remember this one making our singles chart but the album – Cosmo’s Factory – was #1 here, no doubt helped by my purchase from my holiday/weekend job earnings 😊

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      • One of the best bands of all time! They were, to me, the quintessential American rock band. John Fogerty is still going strong at 75, and did a series of videos from home last year of his older songs, accompanied by his daughter and sons. Check them out on YouTube if you haven’t seen them, they’re great – especially the one they did for Centrefield on his 75th birthday, in the Dodgers’ stadium.

        I worked at that time in a local coffee bar on Sundays and in the holidays. An album cost about a day and a half’s wages – money well spent!

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  3. I never thought the song was about drugs, but nor did I know it was about tambourines, elephants, or Flying Spoons. I could not understand over half the words. The music was cheery, but as you know, I need words, music is not that important. Credence sang a lot of songs on which the words were not clear, even their hit version of Proud Mary had mumbles in it, and I knew those words from other artists. I cannot say I was a true CCR fan, they were okay but not special. But that’s just me.

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    • 88 … oh yes, please send me some of that! Now, come July when it’s 88° here, I’ll be complaining about that, wishing for autumn to bring cooler temperatures! I’m never satisfied! 😉

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