Lodi (Creedence Clearwater Revival song)

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"Lodi"
Single by Creedence Clearwater Revival
from the album Green River
A-side "Bad Moon Rising"
Released April 1969 (1969-04)
Format 7" 45 RPM
Recorded March 1969, Wally Heider's Studio, San Francisco, California
Genre Roots rock, swamp rock
Length 2:21 single version, 3:10 album version
Label Fantasy
Writer(s) John Fogerty
Producer(s) John Fogerty

"Lodi" is a song written by John Fogerty and performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Recorded in March 1969, It was released in April, four months before the album, as the B-side of "Bad Moon Rising", the lead single from Green River.[1]

The song describes the plight of a down-and-out musician whose career has landed him playing a gig in the small town of Lodi (pronounced "low-die"), a small agricultural city in the Central Valley about 70 miles from Fogerty's hometown of Berkeley. After playing in local bars, the narrator finds himself stranded and unable to raise bus or train fare to leave.[1] Fogerty later said he had never actually visited Lodi before writing this song, and simply picked it for the song because it had "the coolest sounding name."[2] However, the song unquestionably references the town's reputation as an uninteresting farm settlement, although the narrator does not mention any specific complaints. The song's chorus, "Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again," has been the theme of several city events in Lodi.[citation needed]

The song's arrangement includes a change of key in the final verse of the track, emphasising the melancholy drama of the lyric, "If I only had a dollar for every song I sung...."[1]

Cover versions[edit]

The song has been covered by many musicians including Tesla, Emmylou Harris, Tom Jones, Buck Owens, The Flying Burrito Brothers, Ronnie Hawkins, Smokie, Dan Penn, Al Wilson, The Blue Aeroplanes, Tim Armstrong, Korean band the Key Brothers and Bo Diddley, among others.[3]

Songwriter's assessment[edit]

Fogerty stated, "On 'Lodi', I saw a much older person than I was, 'cause it is sort of a tragic telling. A guy is stuck in a place where people really don't appreciate him. Since I was at the beginning of a good career, I was hoping that that wouldn't happen to me."[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c Janovitz, Bill. "Lodi". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  2. ^ Farrow, Ross. "Residents are proud to be ‘Stuck in Lodi’". Lodi News-Sentinel. Archived from the original on 2006-10-31. Retrieved 2007-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Lodi - Search Results". Allmusic. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 
  4. ^ "Fogerty's Guide to Creedence Clearwater Revival". Johnfogerty.com. Retrieved 2012-11-21. 

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