Graveyard Train

Album: Bayou Country (1969)

Songfacts®:

  • Many CCR singles clock in at under three minutes, but their album cuts could run much longer. This blues number with an extended John Fogerty harmonica solo goes 8:32. The song is in the style of Howlin' Wolf, an idol of the band and one of the major influences on Fogerty's vocal delivery.
  • In blues tradition, this song deals with love, death, and the combination of the two. "Thirty people lost their lives," Fogerty sings, before letting us know that he'll be number 31.
  • John Fogerty explained how he recorded this song in an interview with Hit Parader: "I even sat down to do that one. I sang from a music sheet with cues for myself written out. The lights were down and I just sat there, like being in my room when I was a little kid. I couldn't even see the other guys. Just me and the mike in the darkness. I had to keep my guitar from coming into the vocal mike, and I had to pick up a harmonica and play that too. It was very awkward. We couldn't do that on a cooking song like 'Good Golly Miss Molly.'"

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  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaAlways wondered what the inspiration for this song was. Does anyone know?
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