Song Lyric Sunday: Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Bad Moon Rising”

Really, Jim? "Death, Destruction, Pestilence, Famine"? All right…

"Bad Moon Rising" is from Creedence Clearwater Revival’s 1969 album Green River. The song was released in April, while the album came out in August. Written by John Fogerty, who wrote practically all of CCR’s material, the song reached #2 on the Hot 100, kept out of the top spot by Henry Mancini’s "Love Theme from Romeo and Juliet". It spent three weeks at #1 in the UK, and was certified Gold.

The lyrics, from AZLyrics:

I see the bad moon a-rising
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightning
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 a-blowing
I know the end is coming soon
I fear rivers overflowing
I hear the voice of rage and ruin

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

All right

[Guitar solo]

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

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

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

And that’s Song Lyric Sunday for February 27, 2022.

27 thoughts on “Song Lyric Sunday: Creedence Clearwater Revival, “Bad Moon Rising”

  1. How funny that this song was kept out of the top spot because of the theme from Romeo & Juliet. It would never happen today. Then again, these great songs don’t seem to happen any more.

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