Searchlight

Album: Centerfield (1985)

Songfacts®:

  • "Searchlight," the first song on Side 2 of Centerfield, was inspired when Fogerty was driving to Lake Havasu, Arizona. He passed a road sign reading, "Searchlight nine miles," a phrase he scribbled into the notebook of song titles that he always kept with him.
  • The music of "Searchlight," Fogerty says, references Jody Reynolds' "Endless Sleep."
  • Fogerty wrote in his memoir Fortunate Son: My Life, My Music, that the song is about being lost, and the song's metaphor is "himself."

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