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Written by John Fogerty in 1969. It’s included on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s second album, “Bayou Country”.  If you’re like me, you always thought John was born in the deep south. However, he’s from California.

Creedence Clearwater Revival did a show in Louisiana and John went to lunch at a bayou restaurant and was inspired to write this song. John considers this his favorite CCR song.  The lyrics are all made up with John pretending to recall a childhood in the bayou, put to music inspired by Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf.


Stu Cook was a founding member of CCR. The band members had known each other from school. He grew up in the San Francisco area and played trumpet, piano and guitar before switching to bass.

He played a Fender P bass, but now uses a Mike Lull PJ5. He now sets his tone to be full-frequency and emphasizes the lower mids. He uses a Dunlop Jazz II pick to bring out the note definition. His rig is an Aguilar Tone Hammer 500 into SWR Goliath III 4x10 cabs.

Stu tours with CCR drummer, Doug Clifford as Creedence Clearwater Revisited.

Stu didn’t play with John Fogerty when CCR was inducted into the  Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It sounds like now John regrets that. It would be great if one day everyone could forgive and forget and we could see them play together again.

The song itself is mainly a great groove for the bass player. Learn that first. You could play that all the way through the song and it would sound okay. There is a variation in the chorus/hook section and some licks at the end that you can learn later on, if need be.

Stu Cook

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