Album: Green River (1969)
Charted: 19 2
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  • Well, take me back down where cool water flow, yeh
    Let me remember things I love
    Stoppin' at the log where catfish bite,
    Walkin' along the river road at night,
    Barefoot girls dancin' in the moonlight

    I can hear the bull frog callin' me
    Wonder if my rope's still hangin' to the tree
    Love to kick my feet way down the shallow water,
    Shoe fly, dragon fly, get back t your mother
    Pick up a flat rock, skip it across Green River

    Up at Cody's camp I spent my days, oh,
    With flat car riders and cross-tie walkers
    Old Cody, Junior took me over,
    Said, you're gonna find the world is smouldrin'
    An' if you get lost come on home to Green River
    Well, come home Writer/s: John Cameron Fogerty
    Publisher: CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC
    Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

Comments: 29

  • Dan from Australia What was their most popular song? I loved "Have you ever seen the rain".
  • Ilone Winters from Vancouver CanadaShades of every line of this song rollin around in my head forever.
    Gotta confess though...that part about the rope / thought Fogerty was just ahead of a posse .. who knew?
  • B. from Green River UtahWas CCR. Singing about Green River Utah, off HW, 70??
  • Lori from Knoxville TnAbout the song being short: reminds me that life is short - enjoy it while you can. I wasn't overseas during Vietnam War but my husband was. The song seems to underline this.
  • R Stephens from ArkansasJohn Fogerty is the definition a Rock God and we are not worthy of his talent.
  • Kandy from Vacaville CaI can tell you fist hand, When I tell people about the song, its like nobody believes me, and this was before it was even posted on line. I know this because I grew up in Winters California. (yep) Good ole Green River, is Putah creek, where we all swam and jumped off the rope hanging to the tree! Oh how I love and listen to this song, Funny thing the video takes me back too, I know every spot it shows. I still blast CCR songs. Still get a rush listening to it. Only wished I could have met them. Those were the days of music that had meaning.
  • Barry from Sauquoit, NyOn September 20, 1969, Creedence Clearwater Revival performed "Green River" on the Dick Clark ABC-TV Saturday-afternoon program 'American Bandstand'...
    At the time "Green River" was at #2* on Billboard's Top 100, that would also be it's peak position on the chart, it spent 13 weeks on the Top 100...
    And on the same 'Bandstand' show the group also performed "Green River's" B-side, "Commotion", it also made the Top 100 and peaked at #30 on Sept. 7th, it stayed on the Top 100 for 8 weeks...
    The quartet never had a #1 record, they did spent a total of eight weeks at #2 with five different records; "Proud Mary" {3 weeks}, "Bad Moon Rising" {1 week}, "Green River" {1 week}, "Travelin' Band" {2 weeks}, and "Lookin' Out My Back Door" {1 week}...
    Between 1968 and 1976 the quartet had twenty songs on the Top 100 chart, eight made the Top 10, besides their five #2s, their three other Top 10 records were "Up Around the Bend" {#4 in 1970}, "Have You Ever Seen the Rain" {#8 in 1971}, and "Sweet Hitch-Hiker" {#6 in 1971}...
    Sadly, rhythm guitarist Tom Fogerty passed away at the young age of 48 on September 6th, 1990...
    May he R.I.P.
    * The week "Green River" was at #2, the #1 record for that week was "Sugar, Sugar" by the Archies.
  • Jennifur Sun from RamonaHave read this year that Long Cool Women was written as a (for lack of a better word) thank you to CCR. evidently Allan really liked their music(works for me) i believe, that it was either this Lp or Born on The Bayou's guitar that got stolen years ago. John finally got it back. YES
  • Randy from Fayettevile, ArGreat song! I love CCR songs to this day. Back in '69 when this was climbing the charts, I was in the Army with orders to go to Vietnam. I took leave to go home & I saw my youngest brother had bought the LP "Green River." We played the heck out of that album while I was home. Times were rough then. Demonstrations, riots, bombings, shootings, kids getting beat up by the cops, kids getting shot and killed by the cops! The Vietnam War was in full swing. Unity in the U.S. was spiraling out of control. Thank God for CCR. Their songs are what their fans loved and helped us get through those times. The lyrics describe a river amidst a sort of garden of eden. Kind of like where I am from: the northwest Arkansas and extreme eastern Oklahoma areas. It's just like the jungles of southeast Asia there. "Green River" is a song for our generation - the baby boomers of the Vietnam War era! Peace!
  • Jim from West Palm Beach, FlThe first 8 track I bought as a teenager was CCR, had Green River on it. "I can hear the bullfrog callin me."
  • Bert from Baton Rouge, LaThere are gunna be alot of upset folks around Ramah Louisiana;they think the song was written by ccr when they were playing a little bar along the atchfaylaya spillway.
  • Jeff from Panama City , Flwish I had a dollar for everytime Ive played that tune in one band or another over the past many years...still one of my all time favorites...fogerty would have been lost without that E chord and its bluesy riff variations....so many of his songs were in that key....swamp music extravaganza....mystical, mysterious, that feeling creedence projected through those vinyl grooves mezmerized me when I was a teen...something about that sound brought me to an even younger period of my life...didnt know it then but later on I realized it was the connection of rockabilly and early elvis...creedence had such a profound affect on me..I would have never learned the guitar if it wasnt for that band...period.
  • Bob from Berkeley, CaI used to work in Venice, California in 1960 and ate at a lunch counter in a Thrifty drugstore. A Green River was a squirt of green lemon-lime syrup and a blast of soda water. Not bad at all!
  • Wayne from Las Vegas, Nvreminds me of that time in my life when there were no problems, just times to be enjoyed
  • Darrell from EugeneI love Green River, that is, the soft drink as well as the song. If you mix it with whiskey, you might get away with violating "open-container" laws because it looks kind of like ginger ale. As for the serial killer, screw him. Gary Lee Ridgeway deserves to be burned at the stake for what he did.
  • Mike from Hueytown , AlOne of my all time favorite songs from my all time favorite band. Fogerty kicks a**!
  • Elie from Londoni love this song ccr are great the lyrics too their music is so raw
  • Clarke from Pittsburgh, PaProbably my all-time favorite song by CCR, one of my favorite bands. The opening guitar licks give me chills, and the mental image of "barefoot girls dancing in the moonlight" has stuck with me for years. (By the way, I've had more than one "Green River" at a now-defunct diner in Phoenix, Arizona, the only place I've ever seen it on the menu.)
  • Stefanie from Rock Hill, ScO cool. Someone else noticed. I'm not that crazy after all. Thanks Fyodor. "Long Cool Woman" it what I thought the title was, but I wasn't sure.
  • Fyodor from Denver, CoStefanie,

    When I first heard 'Long Cool Woman' on the radio as a kid, I was sure it was CCR, and I remained amazed for some time that it wasn't and that someone else would so brazenly copy their style!
  • Phil from Borrego Springs, CaThere is a great live version on Fogerty's live CD Premonition. Smoking guitar.
  • John from Kalamazoo, KyI agree with mark. The song is way too short Still the best ever
  • Mark from Virginia Beach, Vasimple but great, I agree with whoever said its too short, that is a fact.
  • Marc from Vancouver, CanadaI would say that this is one if those songs that's so cool, but it's short. Too bad it's not longer.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScThe Holly's song I was referring to is the one that starts with "Saturday night I was down town, workin' for the FBI..." I'm not sure I even have the title right.
  • Stefanie Magura from Rock Hill, ScTjis is a weird tidbit, but if you listen to "Green River" by CCR, and "Long Cool woman" by the Hollies back to back, they kind of sound alike. Does anyone agree?
  • Brandon from Morristown, TnGood song.Also used on the game Grand Theft Auto:San Andreas on the radio station K-DST.With Axl Rose as the dj.
  • John from Calgary, CanadaTruely great guitar part... I just love the lyrics to this one.
  • Randy from Beaumont, TxThe camp site was run by a decendant of Buffalo Bill Cody. There was an old-fashioned drug store in Winters the had the old fountain drinks using syrup and carbonated water. The syrup used for Limeades the Fogerty used to love was called "Green River"
    Fogerty later recorded a companion song on "Blue Moon Sawmp" called "Sawmp River Days".
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