Lookin' Out My Back Door

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"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 (1970-07-25)[1]
Format 7" 45 RPM
Length 2:35
Label Fantasy
Songwriter(s) John Fogerty
Producer(s) John Fogerty
Creedence Clearwater Revival singles chronology
"Up Around the Bend"
"Lookin' Out My Back Door"
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"

"Up Around the Bend"
(April 1970)
"Lookin' Out My Back Door"
(July 1970)
"Have You Ever Seen the Rain?"
(January 1971)

"Lookin' Out My Back Door" is a song recorded by the American band Creedence Clearwater Revival, also known as CCR. The song was written by the band's lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter, John Fogerty. The song is included on their 1970 album Cosmo's Factory, the group's fifth album, which was also their fifth and final number-two Billboard hit.

"Lookin' Out My Back Door" was a direct tribute to the Bakersfield Sound, a form of music that influenced Fogerty and the CCR sound. Buck Owens, one of the architects of the Bakersfield Sound, is even mentioned in the song's lyrics.[citation needed]

Song information[edit]

The song's lyrics, filled with colorful, dream-like imagery, led some to believe that the song was about drugs. According to the drug theory, the "flying spoon" in the song 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]

Chart history[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. ^ Cash Box Top 100 Singles, October 3, 1970
  4. ^ "Item Display - RPM - Library and Archives Canada". collectionscanada.gc.ca. 
  5. ^ "Top 100 Hits of 1970/Top 100 Songs of 1970". www.musicoutfitters.com. 

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