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, 1971|
|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, 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 1971 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.
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.
- Tom Hibbert; Jenny Dawson (1990). "Rock '70". In Ashley Brown. The Marshall Cavendish Illustrated History of Popular Music. Volume 12 (Reference ed.). Freeport, New York: Marshall Cavendish. pp. 1342, 1343. ISBN 1-85435-027-7.
- Bordowitz, Hank (1998). Bad Moon Rising: The Unauthorized History of Creedence Clearwater Revival. Chicago Review Press. p. 98.