Lookin' Out My Back Door

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"Lookin' Out My Back Door"
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Single by Creedence Clearwater Revival
from the album Cosmo's Factory
B-side"Long As I Can See the Light"
ReleasedJuly 25, 1970 (1970-07-25)[1]
Format7" 45 RPM
Genre
Length2:35
LabelFantasy
Songwriter(s)John Fogerty
Producer(s)John Fogerty
Creedence Clearwater Revival singles chronology
"Up Around the Bend"
(1970)
"Lookin' Out My Back Door"
(1970)
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"
(1971)

"Lookin' Out My Back Door" is a song recorded by the American band Creedence Clearwater Revival. Written by the band's lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter, John Fogerty, it is included on their 1970 album Cosmo's Factory; this was the group's fifth album, and was also their fifth and final number-two Billboard hit, held off the top by Diana Ross's version of "Ain't No Mountain High Enough".

Song information[edit]

The song's lyrics, filled with colorful, dream-like imagery, lead some to believe that it is about drugs. According to the drug theory, the "flying spoon" was a reference to a cocaine or heroin spoon, and the crazy animal images were an acid trip. Fogerty, however, has stated in interviews that the song was actually written for his then three-year-old son, Josh. Fogerty has also said that the reference to a parade passing by was inspired by the Dr. Seuss book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.[2]

Country singer Buck Owens is mentioned in the song, and the music reflects some of the Bakersfield sound Owens made famous.[citation needed]

Chart history[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

The song was featured in The Big Lebowski.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Bordowitz, Hank (1998). Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Chicago Review Press. p. 98.
  2. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 7 December 1970
  3. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved September 2, 2018.
  4. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, October 3, 1970
  5. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca.
  6. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1970/Top 100 Songs of 1970". www.musicoutfitters.com.

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