John Fogerty & Creedence Clearwater Revival Play "Green River" on the Andy Williams Show

The song "Green River" was based on a vacation spot for John Fogerty.[5][6] In an interview Fogerty gave to Rolling Stone in 2012, Fogerty stated:

"What really happened is that I used a setting like New Orleans, but I would actually be talking about thing from my own life. Certainly a song like "Green River" – which you may think would fit seamlessly into the Bayou vibe, but it's actually about the Green River, as I named it – it was actually called Putah Creek by Winters, California. It wasn't called Green River, but in my mind I always sort of called it Green River. All those little anecdotes are part of my childhood, those are things that happened to me actually, I just wrote about them and the audience shifted at the time and place".

Fogerty added that the "actual specific reference, 'Green River,' I got from a soda pop-syrup label... My flavor was called Green River."


Well, take me back down where cool water flows, yeah.

Let me remember things I love,

Stoppin' at the log where catfish bite,

Walkin' along the river road at night,

Barefoot girls dancin' in the moonlight.

I can hear the bullfrog callin' me.

Wonder if my rope's still hangin' to the tree.

Love to kick my feet 'way down the shallow water.

Shoefly, dragonfly, get back t'your mother.

Pick up a flat rock, skip it across Green River.


Up at Cody's camp I spent my days, oh,

With flat car riders and cross-tie walkers.

Old Cody, Junior took me over,

Said, "You're gonna find the world is smould'rin'.

And if you get lost come on home to Green River."


Come on home.

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