Album: Green River (1969)

Songfacts®:

  • "Commotion" is the second track on the Green River album. It was the B-side of the "Green River" single, which peaked at #2 in the US and #19 in the UK. A standard practice at the time was to release lesser-quality songs as B-sides on singles, but Fogerty always liked to take a different approach, pairing two A-side-worthy songs together, as he wanted the highest possible quality on all CCR products at all times. This practice helped boost CCR singles sales even further.
  • Fogerty doesn't like the frenetic pace and constant noise of modern life. "Commotion" grew out of his frustration with those things.

Comments: 1

  • Jennifur Sunlove this song it is how I felt when I had to move from a small town where I grew up to a small city not really to far from where John lived when he grew up. when i have to drive on the freeways it is Commotion
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