About the song

If you are a fan of classic rock, you have probably heard the song “Who’ll Stop The Rain” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. But do you know the story behind this iconic tune? In this blog post, we will explore the history and meaning of this song, as well as some interesting facts about its creation and reception.

“Who’ll Stop The Rain” is from Creedence Clearwater Revival’s fifth album, 1970’s Cosmo’s Factory. The song banks on the general thought of discomfort experienced by “good men through the ages,” and is separated into three chronological perspectives of historical, recent past, and present approaches.

The song was written by John Fogerty, the lead singer and guitarist of the band. He was inspired by his experience at the Woodstock Festival in August 1969, where he witnessed half a million people dancing in the rain, muddy, naked, cold, and huddling together . He also wanted to comment on the political and social turmoil of the time, especially the Vietnam War, which he opposed.

The song is often interpreted as a protest song against the war, with its lyrics asking the question of who will stop the rain which symbolizes the pain and suffering of the world. However, Fogerty has also said that he was not trying to make a specific statement, but rather expressing his feelings of confusion and helplessness. He once told Rolling Stone magazine:

“Certainly, I was talking about Washington when I wrote the song, but I remember bringing the master version of the song home and playing it. My son Josh was four years old at the time, and after he heard it, he said, ‘Daddy stop the rain.’ And my wife and I looked at each other and said, ‘Well, not quite.'”

The song was released as a double A-side single with “Travelin’ Band” in January 1970. It reached No. 2 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, becoming one of the many CCR singles to stall at that position. The band never had a No. 1 hit in the US. The song was also used in the 1978 movie of the same name starring Nick Nolte as a Vietnam veteran.

“Who’ll Stop The Rain” is considered one of CCR’s best songs and one of the greatest songs of all time. In 2004, Rolling Stone ranked it No. 188 on its “500 Greatest Songs of All Time” list. The song has been covered by many artists, such as Bruce Springsteen, Rod Stewart, Bob Dylan, and Bon Jovi.

“Who’ll Stop The Rain” is a song that reflects the mood and spirit of a generation that faced many challenges and changes. It is a song that resonates with anyone who feels lost or hopeless in a troubled world. It is a song that asks a question that still remains unanswered: Who’ll stop the rain?