Born on the Bayou
|"Born on the Bayou"|
|Song by Creedence Clearwater Revival from the album Bayou Country|
|Released||January 5, 1969|
|Recorded||late 1968, RCA Studios, Los Angeles, California|
|Genre||Swamp rock, roots rock, acid rock|
|Bayou Country track listing|
"Born on the Bayou" (1968) is the first track on Creedence Clearwater Revival's second album, Bayou Country. It was released as the B-side of the single "Proud Mary" that reached #2 on the Billboard Charts.
As the songwriter, John Fogerty, commented:
"Born on the Bayou" was vaguely like "Porterville," about a mythical childhood and a heat-filled time, the Fourth of July. I put it in the swamp where, of course, I had never lived. It was late as I was writing. I was trying to be a pure writer, no guitar in hand, visualizing and looking at the bare walls of my apartment. Tiny apartments have wonderful bare walls, especially when you can't afford to put anything on them. "Chasing down a hoodoo." Hoodoo is a magical, mystical, spiritual, non-defined apparition, like a ghost or a shadow, not necessarily evil, but certainly other-worldly. I was getting some of that imagery from Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters.
John Fogerty's unreleased 1976 solo album, Hoodoo, was possibly named after the line in the song.
"Born on the Bayou" is an example of 'swamp rock', a genre associated with John Fogerty, Little Feat/Lowell George, The Band, Canned Heat, J.J. Cale, The Doobie Brothers and Tony Joe White. The guitar setting for the intro is over-driven with amp vibrato on a slow setting; Fogerty uses a Gibson ES-175 (which was stolen from his car soon after recording this track). The E7 chord gives the song a strong Southern blues feel. To many, the vocal performance on this track represents a pinnacle in John Fogerty's singing, the performance as a whole is regarded as one of Creedence Clearwater Revival's finest hours. "Born on the Bayou" opened most of CCR's concerts, and was known as the band's signature song.
Tina Britt recorded a tribute to "Born on the Bayou", titled "Born on a Bayou", in 1969.
"Born on the Bayou" was covered by:Bad Habits find this tune on the Lp Charly CR30212 Born on the Bayou licensed from Jewel records,Little Richard on his 1971 album King of Rock and Roll, and by Francis Cabrel on his 2008 album Des roses et des orties, as "Né dans le Bayou." Another French adaptation ("Dans Le Bayou") penned by Jean Fauque was sung by Johnny Hallyday on his 1996 album "Destination Vegas". It was also covered by Foo Fighters, and the recording can be found on the Resolve CD Maxi released in 2006. In 2008, Widespread Panic opened their annual Halloween concert with "Born on the Bayou" in New Orleans, LA. The recording can be found at www.livewidespreadpanic.com. A cover by The Broken Homes was used in the film Born on the Fourth of July (1989).
Appearances in other media
- The song is played during the opening credits of the 1989 film The Return of Swamp Thing based on the DC Comics book "Swamp Thing".
- The song is available as a playable song for the Rock Band series of music video games as downloadable content.
- The song is heard during the commercial promotions for the History Channel's Swamp People.
- The song is heard in the Adam Sandler comedy The Waterboy,at the end of the film The Expendables, and at the end of Hard Target .
- A cover of the song is heard in the Captain N: The Game Master episode "How's Bayou", likely performed by Long John Baldry or Levi Stubbs, who were also voice actors on the show. However, it was edited out of later reruns and DVD releases due to copyright concerns.
- The song is heard right after the intro of the S08E09 Supernatural episode, Citizen Fang.
- Drozdowski, Ted. "How John Fogerty Created Swampy 6-String Magic with Classic Les Pauls". Gibson Guitar Co. Retrieved 2013-10-25.