Lodi (1969) – Creedence Clearwater Revival

This is the first song to appear here from Creedence Clearwater Revival. They were formally named the Golliwogs and I’m not kidding. The band’s most prolific and successful period was between 1969 and 1971 and performed at the 1969 Woodstock festival as the first major act signed. CCR disbanded acrimoniously in late 1972 after four years of chart-topping success.

Like the ‘Dude’ from The Big Lebowsky I would classify myself more a Creedence fan than the Eagles:

Come on, man. I had a rough night and I hate the fuckin’ Eagles, man!

But, I do think Don Henley’s solo output is the bee’s knees, but any-hows where were we? Oh yeh, Creedence. Lodi was released four months before the album Green River, as the B-side of Bad Moon Rising. I was reminded of today’s song from Max’s post at his blog PowerPop.

[Verse 1]
Just about a year ago
I set out on the road
Seekin’ my fame and fortune
And lookin’ for a pot of gold
Things got bad and things got worse
I guess you know the tune
Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again

[Verse 2]
Rode in on the Greyhound
I’ll be walkin’ out if I go
I was just passin’ through
Must be seven months or more
Ran out of time and money
Looks like they took my friend
Oh Lord, I’m stuck in Lodi again

Lodi is a city in California located in the central valley, about 38 miles south of Sacramento and 87 miles away from Oakland. John Fogerty (founder and lead singer) later said he had never actually visited Lodi before writing this song, and simply picked it for the song because it had “the coolest sounding name.”

1. Lodi (Creedence Clearwater Revival song) – Wikipedia

“The more I live, the more I learn. The more I learn, the more I realize, the less I know.”- Michel Legrand

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5 comments on “Lodi (1969) – Creedence Clearwater Revival
  1. Badfinger (Max) says:

    Love Creedence Clearwater Revival…and I’ve played this song many times in a bar. Their songs are the perfect bar band songs.

    • They had that rampageous period of a long string of huge hits. I don’t hear them that often, but I always enjoy their music when I do. I like your description of ‘bar band songs’.

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        In America you would hear them more… They are played to death…but they are loved by different genres…country, heavy metal, rock, and pop.

      • I no doubt would if I lived in America, but I’m familiar with their influence and admiration by groups of different genres and even in movies like the Big Lebowsky!

      • Badfinger (Max) says:

        Yes….that makes sense!

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