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Creedence Clearwater Revival - Bad Moon Rising



In Rolling Stone issue 649, John Fogerty explained that the lyrics were inspired by a movie called The Devil And Daniel Webster, in which a hurricane wipes out most of a town. This is where he got the idea for the words "I feel the hurricane blowin', I hope you're quite prepared to die." Overall, he said the song is about the "apocalypse that was going to be visited upon us."


Released in April 1969, this was the lead single from Green River. The B-side was "Lodi."


The song reached its US chart peak of #2 (one of five CCR songs to place that this position - they never got to #1) on July 28, 1969, eight days after the Apollo 11 moon landing. The song has nothing to do with space travel, but the title was somewhat apropos, especially after the mission succeeded.



Lyrics


I see the bad moon a-rising


I see trouble on the way


I see earthquakes and lightning


I see bad times today



Don't go around tonight


Well, it's bound to take your life


There's a bad moon on the rise



I hear hurricanes a-blowing


I know the end is coming soon


I fear rivers overflowing


I hear the voice of rage and ruin



Don't go around tonight


Well, it's bound to take your life


There's a bad moon on the rise



All right



Hope you got your things together


Hope you are quite prepared to die


Looks like we're in for nasty weather


One eye is taken for an eye



Well, don't go around tonight


Well, it's bound to take your life


There's a bad moon on the rise



Don't come around tonight


Well, it's bound to take your life


There's a bad moon on the rise

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