Bad Moon Rising, CCR, ranches, oil rigs, dirt roads and 1972 in south Texas

Posted by Matt Dougan on 14th Apr 2014

Bad Moon Rising, CCR, ranches, oil rigs, dirt roads and 1972 in south Texas

While shooting some photos of the Blood moon last night, the Creedence Clearwater Revival song Bad Moon Rising and it's lyrics came to mind, which I have always found quite memorable....I don't hold any fear for the songs tale, only good memories of hauling down the dirt roads with my Dad in his Chevy pickup truck on the coastal plains at Triangle boys Ranch in Alvin, Texas back in 71, 72' and this song blarin out the radio. Windows were down, white coastal shell gravel dust floating in and watchin' the oil pumps going up and down, up and down.....I heard John Fogherty once say that the lyrics to this song were some of the most mistaken and that he's had many people tell him that the verse "There's a bad moon on the rise" was thought to say "There's a bathroom on the right".......well at least I know where the bathroom is now. :) MD

Here's the lyrics and some photos and a video link to follow: 

I see the bad moon rising.
I see trouble on the way.
I see earthquakes and lightnin'.
I see bad times today.


Don't go around tonight,
Well, it's bound to take your life,
There's a bad moon on the rise.

I hear hurricanes ablowing.
I know the end is coming soon.
I fear rivers over flowing.
I hear the voice of rage and ruin.


All right!

Hope you got your things together.
Hope you are quite prepared to die.
Looks like we're in for nasty weather.
One eye is taken for an eye.

You tube video here: