Lookin' Out My Back Door
|"Lookin' Out My Back Door"|
|Single by Creedence Clearwater Revival|
|from the album Cosmo's Factory|
|B-side||"Long As I Can See the Light"|
|Released||July 25, 1970|
|Format||7" 45 RPM|
|Creedence Clearwater Revival singles chronology|
"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".
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.
In popular culture
The song was featured in The Big Lebowski.
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