♫ Bad Moon Rising ♫ (Redux)

I have played this one a few times before, but hey … it’s been more than a year-and-a-half since the last time, so … grin and bear it, okay?  Actually, I did not have this song in my head until reading our friend and my writing partner Jeff’s post over at On the Fence Voters where he ended with a reference to this song …

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

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    • Well, dear Michael, I have been following the election results for hours now and I’m fairly pleased. Yes, there were some that I didn’t like, but … you can’t win ’em all, right? Overall, the hope the Republicans had for a ‘red wave’ have been dashed and some of the key races have been won by Democrats, so when I finally go to bed around 5:00 a.m. or so, it will likely be with a smile on my face! xx


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  2. Even with the words right in front of me, I hear him singing “I hear the voice of wreckage and ruin!” Always have, always will.
    Meanwhile, I would like to change the mood of the day.

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