Green River - Creedence Clearwater Revival
Song Lyrics / Chart History / Artist Information

  • Written by John Fogerty & originally performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival (John Fogerty, Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook, Doug "Cosmo" Clifford
  • The band was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993
  • The song was the 4th Top 40 hit for CCR, reaching #2 on the charts in 1969
  • From an interview with Tom Fogerty - "Green River" is really about this place where I used to go as a kid on Putah Creek, near Winters, California. I went there with my family every year until I was ten. Lot of happy memories there. I learned how to swim there. There was a rope hanging from the tree. Certainly dragonflies, bullfrogs. There was a little cabin we would stay in owned by a descendant of Buffalo Bill Cody. That's the reference in the song to Cody Jr. The actual specific reference, "Green River," I got from a soda pop-syrup label. You used to be able to go into a soda fountain, and they had these bottles of flavored syrup. My flavor was called Green River. It was green, lime flavored, and they would empty some out over some ice and pour some of that soda water on it, and you had yourself a Green River.
  • "Flat Car Riders" & "Cross Tie Walkers" are hobos who used to ride the rails.

Other songs by Creedence Clearwater Revival performed by Oracle:

Song Lyrics - Green River

Well, take me back down where cool waters flow, yeah
Let me remember the things I love.
Stoppin' at the log where catfish bite,
Walkin' along the river road at night,
Barefoot girls, dancin' in the moonlight.

I can hear the bullfrog callin' me, y'all.
Wonder if my rope's still hanging from the tree.
Love to kick my feet way down the shallow water,
Shoefly, dragonfly, get back to your mother.
Pick up a flat rock, skip it across Green River.

Up at Cody's camp I spent my days, oh.
With flat car riders and cross-tie walkers.
Old Cody, Junior took me over,
Said, "You're gonna find the world is smould'rin."
And if you get lost, come on home to Green River.

Note that the lyrics posted here are those as interpreted and performed by The Oracle Band. In a few cases we have taken some liberties with the lyrics to make them more appropriate for tasteful gatherings. Their use here is intended as an aid for people in selecting music for their wedding reception or private party, and may not be reproduced for any commercial, for-profit use.

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