Up Around the Bend

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"Up Around the Bend"
Single by Creedence Clearwater Revival
from the album Cosmo's Factory
A-side"Run Through the Jungle"
ReleasedApril 1970
Format7" 45 RPM
GenreHard rock, roots rock
LabelFantasy Records
Songwriter(s)John Fogerty
Producer(s)John Fogerty
Creedence Clearwater Revival singles chronology
"Travelin' Band"
"Up Around the Bend"
"Lookin' out My Back Door"

"Up Around the Bend" is a song recorded by the American band Creedence Clearwater Revival, and written by the band's lead singer, guitarist, and songwriter John Fogerty. The song was composed and recorded only a few days prior to the band's April 1970 European tour and was included on the album Cosmo's Factory. Released as a single, with "Run Through the Jungle" on the flipside, the double-sided single climbed to number four on the Billboard Hot 100 chart in the spring of 1970.[1]

It was certified gold by the RIAA for sales of over one million copies. It was also a major hit in the UK, where it reached number three on the UK Singles Chart.

The song opens with a prominent, high-pitched guitar riff played by John Fogerty. The song's lyrics have Fogerty telling of a gathering "up around the bend" on the highway and inviting the listener to join in.

The song has been covered by artists such as Elton John, who recorded a version of the song early in his career, and Finnish rock band Hanoi Rocks, who covered it on their 1984 album, Two Steps from the Move.


Chart (1970) Peak
Austria (Ö3 Austria Top 40)[2] 3
Belgium (Ultratop 50 Flanders)[3] 2
Canada (RPM 100 Singles)[4] 1
France (IFOP)[5] 23
Ireland (IRMA)[6] 3
Netherlands (Single Top 100)[7] 1
New Zealand (Listener)[8] 4
Norway (VG-lista)[9] 2
South Africa (Springbok)[10] 6
Switzerland (Schweizer Hitparade)[11] 6
UK Singles (Official Charts Company)[12] 3
United States (Billboard Hot 100)[13] 4
West Germany (Official German Charts)[14] 3


Region Certification Certified units/Sales
United States (RIAA)[15] Platinum 1,000,000double-dagger

double-daggersales+streaming figures based on certification alone

In popular culture[edit]

"Up Around the Bend" has appeared in the following films: Eau froide, L' (1994), Michael (1996), Remember the Titans (2000), Invincible (2006), The Hoax (2007), Red Dawn (2012), and Free Birds (2013). It was also used in the TV mini-series, From the Earth to the Moon (1998), and in the first episode of Hap and Leonard (2016).

The song was featured in the Kurt Cobain documentary Kurt Cobain About a Son and is also available on its soundtrack.

In 2013, the song has been frequently used in commercials for Kellogg's Raisin Bran.

Punk band Social Distortion covered the song for the Free Birds soundtrack album.

"Up Around the Bend"
Up Around The Bend Single.jpg
Single by Hanoi Rocks
from the album Two Steps from the Move
ReleasedJune 11, 1984
Format7" single, 12" single, 2x7" single
GenreRock, hard rock, glam punk, glam rock
LabelColumbia Records
Songwriter(s)John Fogerty
Producer(s)David Tickle and Bob Ezrin
Hanoi Rocks singles chronology
"Until I Get You"
"Up Around the Bend"
"Underwater World"

Finnish rock and glam punk band Hanoi Rocks covered "Up Around the Bend" on their fourth studio album Two Steps from the Move. The song was also released as a single.

The song is frequently used by Pete Buttigieg at events in his campaign for the 2020 presidential election; apart from the choice of the song possibly being intended to allude to Buttigieg’s position as mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Buttigieg recalls in his 2019 book, Shortest Way Home, that as a teenager, “We might talk, or not, as we crossed the state line, either in Mom’s giant blue Buick LeSabre listening to NPR news, or Dad’s two-door Chevy Cavalier listening to what might have been his sole cassette, the Creedence Clearwater Revival masterpiece Cosmo’s Factory, looping permanently in the tape player for about as long [as] he owned the car.”


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  3. ^ "Ultratop.be – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Up Around The Bend" (in Dutch). Ultratop 50. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  4. ^ "Library and archives Canada". Collectionscanada.gc.ca. Library and Archives Canada. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  5. ^ "Les Tubes de chaque artiste commençant par C".
  6. ^ "The Irish Charts – All there is to know". IRMA. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  7. ^ "Dutchcharts.nl – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Up Around The Bend" (in Dutch). Single Top 100. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  8. ^ Flavour of New Zealand, 17 August 1970
  9. ^ "Norwegiancharts.com – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Up Around The Bend". VG-lista. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  10. ^ "SA Charts 1965–March 1989". Retrieved 2 September 2018.
  11. ^ "Swisscharts.com – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Up Around The Bend". Swiss Singles Chart. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  12. ^ "Official Singles Chart Top 100". Official Charts Company. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  13. ^ "Creedence Clearwater Revival Chart History". Billboard.com. Billboard. Retrieved 2016-03-16.
  14. ^ "Offiziellecharts.de – Creedence Clearwater Revival – Up Around The Bend". GfK Entertainment Charts. Retrieved 2019-05-17. To see peak chart position, click "TITEL VON Creedence Clearwater Revival"
  15. ^ "American single certifications – Creedence Clearwater Revival – UP AROUND THE BEND". Recording Industry Association of America. Retrieved November 30, 2018. If necessary, click Advanced, then click Format, then select Single, then click SEARCH. 

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