♫ Lodi ♫

I was working on a new music post … a song mentioned by two different friends tonight in comments … but exhaustion has overtaken me and I just cannot finish it tonight, so stay tuned tomorrow.  Meanwhile, I dug this one out of my archives from 2018, dusted it off a bit, and … good as new!  This was one I played shortly after I started doing these music posts, as you will see … 

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???

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

21 thoughts on “♫ Lodi ♫

  1. Such a great band. Never a duff track, and I love their storytelling style. It makes me feel like I’m in places I’ve never actually been to.

    Given my liking for female singers it’s probably no surprise that I like Shawn Colvin’s version. I’ve never seen or heard of the Flying Burrito Brothers version, though – no idea when they did it, or with which line up. The original band, which included Gram Parsons and Chris Hillman, was born out of The Byrds, and gave birth to The Eagles and Poco, among others. Kind of influential!

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    • On this, we are in agreement … I do love CCR.

      I don’t think I’m familiar with the Shawn Colvin version, but I’ll check it out soon … added it to my ever-growing list! And now you’ve given me some new trivia … I had no idea the Flying Burrito Brothers was born out of The Byrds! Thanks, Clive! Oh, and stay tuned for today’s music post … I think you’ll approve.

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      • Snap!

        It was on her album Uncovered, from about five years ago. Parsons and Hillman left The Byrds to form the FBB, though neither stayed that long. The band has been through many incarnations, and there is still a version today – but I’ve never seen a version of Lodi by them anywhere, despite what Wikipedia says. My interest is piqued: I’ll keep looking 😊

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    • Though half of my childhood/youth was spent in California, I never visited Lodi … seems I didn’t miss much! Glad you liked the song, and many thanks for the re-blog!


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