Born on the Bayou

Album: Bayou Country (1969)
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  • Now, when I just was a little boy
    Standin' to my Daddy's knee
    My poppa said "Son, don't let the man get you
    And do what he done to me

    I can remember the fourth of July
    Runnin' through the backwood bare
    And I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'
    Chasin' down a hoodoo there
    Chasin' down a hoodoo there

    Born on the Bayou
    Born on the Bayou
    Born on the Bayou

    Wish I was back on the Bayou,
    Rollin' with some Cajun Queen.
    Wishin' I where a fast freight train
    Just a chooglin' on down to New Orleans
    Born on the Bayou
    Born on the Bayou
    Born on the Bayou

    I can remember the fourth of July,
    Runnin' through the back wood bare.
    And I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'
    Chasin' down a hoodoo there
    Chasin' down a hoodoo there

    Born on the Bayou
    Born on the Bayou
    Born on the Bayou

Comments: 14

  • Harley5571 from Taylor MichI came here to maybe find out what a hoodoo is..Still confused. It could be a spirit..a raccoon ...a black person..I have always loved the song..been playing it like crazy in June 2022. I personally thought it was a black person..The Huck Finn reference sways me even more now. Love CCR..Love their Vietnam and patriot songs. Green River..Run through the Jungle..Fortunate One.
  • Mike from South AfricaThis tune came at a defining time in my life more than 50 years ago. I’ll never forget it. I know now that John Fogerty wasn’t a swamp man (neither am I), but I can still swear I smell and feel the humidity of a swamp when I hear Born on the Bayou … and imagine fleeting shadows of a hoodoo running from the dogs. CCR’s best music ever …
  • Bob from South AlabamaCCR best band EVER! There is Voodoo and then there is Hoodoo. Voodoo is not harmful but Hoodoo is of Satan who is also known as Papa Legba. You folks not from the bayou need to shut up about the racial stuff! Our band used to perform right out side the Pascagoula ship yard gate in Mississippi. The people would fill the dance floor whenever we covered a CCR tune. If I can remember correctly, Lynard Skynyrd was trying to start up again after the big crash and were going to have a show up the street. That California guy Fogerty nailed it with the swamp music. How did he know?
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaActually John lived in El Cerrito, although i believe he was born in Beserkly(or Berkley as it's real name is). have also heard the story about it coming at a sound check. if you get a chance watch his interview with Dan Rather, and read his book.
  • Ed from Lebanon, PaA hoodoo has also been described as a ghost, so who knows?
  • Marijuana from Really South, Neutral Zonehoodoo actually is an old southern term meaning racoon not an african american
  • Martin Sheen from Saigon, --Was used in Born On The Fourth of July
  • Joe from Frankfort, Ilthis song is actually about john chasing an African American threw the woods. the line chasing a hoodoo there is from the grate American novel Huckleberry Finn. Jim in the book says a famous line Hoodoo there when Huck sneaks up on him and Fogerty say he is cashing him threw the woods with his dog
  • Spencer from Las Vegas, NvJames from Elizabethtown, it is not "Chooglin'".
    It is indeed "Keep On Chooglin". I know this because it is one of my favorite songs by CCR. That and Green River.
  • Spencer from Las Vegas, NvJames from Elizabethtown, it is not "Chooglin'".
    It is indeed Keep On Chooglin". I know this because it is one of my favorite songs by CCR. That and Green River.
  • James from Elizabethtown, Ky"CHOOGLIN' on down to New Orleans" - a reference to another, lesser known CCR song called "Chooglin'"
  • Tim from Michigan City, InThe lyrics are "runnin' through the backwoods BARE, and I can still hear my old hound dog barkin', chasin' down a hoodoo THERE".
  • Seb from --Reminds me of "Mama Told Me Not To Come" by Tom Jones just in the intro...


    Awesome song though. Probably my favourite CCR song, in fact, except perhaps for "Fortunate Son".
  • Sled from St. Louis, Ne"running through the backwoods BAY"

    "wish I was a fast freight train
    I'm talking choogin' on down to New Orleans"
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