Wed. Jul 6th, 2022

Creedence Clearwater Revival’s song “Long As I Can See The Light” became a standard that defines Americana music in the mid to late 60s. The band, who were from California, founded the “Bayou Country Rock” sound. They influenced countless bands and musical styles and were one of the first acts to have a huge hit on FM radio with their songs “Born On The Bayou,” and “Who’ll Stop The Rain. The band released a total of eight albums, the second of which was this one. “Long As I Can See The Light” is the title track and it is an infectious classic that is still played on radio stations everywhere. The song was written by lead singer and guitarist John Fogerty. Creedence Clearwater Revival is one of the greatest American rock bands of all time. They were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993. [ARTICLE END]
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creedence clearwater revival long as i can see the light
creedence clearwater revival long as i can see the light

How did CCR come up with the song “long as i can see the light” and why?

Creedence Clearwater Revival came up with “Long As I Can See The Light” in the early stages of the song’s creation. This is evident by the fact that it’s a fairly simple song with rather repetitive lyrics and chord changes. Another indication of just how easy it was to write is that CCR often wrote their songs in exactly 30 minutes. An offshoot of that is that they never gave notes to their band mates. The same thing happens when we find out the band members’ ages. John Fogerty was born in 1945 and he was inspiried at the age of 15 to start a band when he saw Buddy Holly perform for the first time at an all-ages club in San Diego, California. He immediately wanted to form his own band because of his desire to emulate Holly’s style. Fogerty and his future band mates met at a local high school where he met Ralph Mooney (bass) and Tom Fogerty (guitar). The three of them got together in a garage on Saturday nights to form a new band called the ‘Evolvers’ which was short for ‘evolution’. However, the name “Creedence Clearwater Revival” was coined after a drunken Ralph Mooney took it as his own. John Fogerty then picked up on this, which led to the formation of CCR. Tom Fogerty was actually John Fogerty’s little brother and he didn’t even know how to play the guitar until he picked up his brother’s ax one day. The three of them were joined by Stu Cook (lead guitar) in 1965. Creedence Clearwater Revival eventually left the garage and became a full-time band when they opened for the Beatles on their tour in 1966.

creedence clearwater revival long as i can see the light
creedence clearwater revival long as i can see the light

Mike Campbell (the band’s lead guitarist) was born in 1947 and he joined Fogerty’s band after answering an advertisement that John had placed in one of the local San Diego music magazines. The ad stated “Guitarist wanted for local group.” Tom Fogerty and Stu Cook were also born in 1947, meaning that all of the band members were under 25 when they recorded this song. This is important because their youngness is indicative of the fact that this song was not difficult to write and record. Their youthfulness explains why the lyrics are simple and sing-songy, as well as why the musical arrangement is so repetitious. Another way in which the lyrics are simple is because the entire song describes a single scene in which John Fogerty is either at home, or somewhere he wishes he were. This is made quite clear by the following lines:
TOM: “As i lay down on my bed.”
Mike: “I can only dream of home.”
JOHN: “As mean old levees melt down…” Stu Cook, who was 21 when this song was recorded, provided the bass guitar part.

creedence clearwater revival long as i can see the light
creedence clearwater revival long as i can see the light

Creedence Clearwater Revival released a lot of songs, but what was their most famous?

The band’s most popular song is “Who’ll Stop The Rain” which reached number 5 on the Billboard Hot 100. This song tells a humorous story where the narrator describes how he would like to stop the rain because he can’t make it to work or school due to it being too wet. The narrator is so frustrated because he believes that this rain will never end and it will be his fault if his work or school doesn’t open today. This song was so popular and influential that it was featured in the movie Forrest Gump. The film’s protagonist, Forrest, explains how this song represents his feelings of hopelessness during the Vietnam war and how he can’t get through to anyone who is important to him at this time.
This song was released on their Green River album. This album featured three hit songs but the band didn’t expect all three to become so popular. The second most famous song from this album was “Green River” which was not as popular, only reaching number 70 on the Billboard Hot 100 charts. This song tells a story where the narrator is describing his hometown of Green River and how he trusts that it is a great place to live and raise a family. However, the narrator admits that there is something missing in his town and he wonders if he will ever be happy there. The narrator confesses that as long as he lives in Green River, there is always this pain that will never go away.

creedence clearwater revival long as i can see the light
creedence clearwater revival long as i can see the light

The song “Who’ll Stop The Rain” is representative of the band’s overall sound because it’s a simple, catchy song that has a message. It reflects the band’s Southern roots and influences, especially since it was released during the height of American involvement in Vietnam. This song was released in 1970, three years after John Fogerty ran away from home to start Creedence Clearwater Revival. It was also the band’s first single to have a lead singer, but that transition began with the release of their first album, which followed this song by one year.
In response to the Vietnam War, which was a big part of the American culture in the late 1960s, Fogerty wrote “Who’ll Stop The Rain.” This song came out when Creedence Clearwater Revival was at its peak popularity. At this time, many people were coming home from war and had a hard time adjusting back to life in America. The song reflects how many people felt this way.
This song was written by John Fogerty, who was the band’s lead singer and guitarist. He wrote it in 1969 about how, during the Vietnam War, he felt like America had lost its way and that people were losing their individuality.

creedence clearwater revival long as i can see the light
creedence clearwater revival long as i can see the light