About the song

If you’re a fan of classic rock, you’ve probably heard the catchy tune “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. But do you know the story behind this song? In this blog post, we’ll explore the history and meaning of this iconic hit from 1970.

“Lookin’ Out My Back Door” was written by John Fogerty, the lead singer, guitarist and songwriter of CCR. It was released as a single from their fifth album, Cosmo’s Factory, which also included other classics like “Who’ll Stop the Rain” and “Up Around the Bend”. The song reached number two on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and number one on the Cash Box Top 100 chart. It was also a hit in several other countries, such as Australia, Austria, Belgium, Canada, Germany, Norway and Sweden.

The song’s lyrics are filled with colorful, dream-like imagery, such as a flying spoon, a dinosaur, an elephant and a parade. Some people have speculated that the song is about drugs, especially since it was released during the psychedelic era. However, Fogerty has denied this interpretation, and has stated that the song was actually inspired by his three-year-old son, Josh. He said that he wrote the song as a way of entertaining his son with whimsical fantasies, and that he also drew inspiration from the Dr. Seuss book And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.

The song also pays tribute to one of Fogerty’s musical influences, Buck Owens, a country singer who pioneered the Bakersfield sound. Fogerty mentions Owens in the lyrics, and also imitates his style of guitar playing in the song. Fogerty was a fan of Owens since he was a teenager, and he later met him in person and became friends with him. Owens’ son, Buddy Alan, even recorded a cover version of “Lookin’ Out My Back Door” in 1971.

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“Lookin’ Out My Back Door” is a song that celebrates imagination, childhood and music. It is a fun and upbeat tune that has stood the test of time and has been featured in movies, TV shows and commercials. It is also a song that showcases Fogerty’s talent as a songwriter and musician, and his ability to blend different genres and influences into his own unique sound.

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Lyrics

Just got home from Illinois, lock the front door, oh boy!
Got to sit down, take a rest on the porch
Imagination sets in, pretty soon I’m singin’
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door
There’s a giant doin’ cartwheels, a statue wearin’ high heels
Look at all the happy creatures dancin’ on the lawn
Dinosaur Victrola, listenin’ to Buck Owens
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door
Tambourines and elephants are playin’ in the band
Won’t you take a ride on the flyin’ spoon? Dood-n-doo-doo
Wonderous apparition provided by magician
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door
Tambourines and elephants are playin’ in the band
Won’t you take a ride on the flyin’ spoon? Dood-n-doo-doo
Bother me tomorrow, today I’ll buy no sorrows
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door
Forward troubles Illinois, lock the front door, oh boy!
Look at all the happy creatures dancin’ on the lawn
Bother me tomorrow, today I’ll buy no sorrows
Doo, doo, doo, lookin’ out my back door