Song Lyric Sunday: “Up Around The Bend”

For this week’s entry in Helen’s Song Lyric Sunday, she’s chosen the word “plan.” This was easier than I thought.

“Run Through The Jungle,” from Creedence Clearwater Revival, was last week’s song. Back in the vinyl days, it was the last song on Side 1 of their 1970 album Cosmo’s Factory. Flip the album over and set the needle on the first song of Side 2, and you have today’s song, the cheerful “Up Around The Bend.” Here, John Fogerty (the author, singer, and likely narrator of the song) is talking about his plans to spend the day up around a bend in a river, where you can “ponder perpetual motion” and “fix your mind on a crystal day.” Maybe with a couple of bottles of Annie Green Springs, a nickel bag of Mary Jane, and a pack of Zig-Zags…1

(lyrics courtesy of MetroLyrics)

There’s a place up ahead and I’m goin’
Just as fast as my feet can fly
Come away, come away, if you’re goin’
Leave the sinkin’ ship behind

Come on the risin’ wind
We’re goin’ up around the bend
Ooh

Bring a song and a smile for the banjo
Better get, while the gettin’s good
Hitch a ride to the end of the highway
Where the neon’s turn to wood

Come on the risin’ wind
We’re goin’ up around the bend
Ooh

You can ponder perpetual motion
Fix your mind on a crystal day
Always time for a good conversation
There’s an ear for, what you say

Come on the risin’ wind
We’re goin’ up around the bend
Yeah

Ooh

Catch a ride to the end of the highway
And we’ll meet by the big red tree
There’s a place up ahead and I’m goin’
Come along, come along with me

Come on the risin’ wind
We’re goin’ up around the bend
Yeah

Do-do-doo-do
Do-do-doo-do
Do-doo-do
Do-do-doo-do
Yeah

Do-do-doo-do
Do-do-doo-do
Do-do-doo
Do-do-doo

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for August 26, 2018.

1 Yes, I speak from experience…

23 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: “Up Around The Bend”

    1. If you took a bottle of Boone’s Farm Apple Wine and Annie Green Spings and put them in identical brown paper bags, you wouldn’t be able to tell them apart. They were on the same level as Ripple. There was another, Night Train Express, that was aimed at an urban audience. Still.same thing…

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  1. I always loved this song and found it so free. It’s fun to listen while having the window down on the car and driving down some country road….love it

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