Can You Finish These Creedence Clearwater Revival lyrics?

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By: Torrance Grey

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

Creedence Clearwater Revival was one of the iconic roots-rock and blues-rock bands of the 1960s and 1970s. Their songs include some true classics: "Proud Mary," of course, though some people know it better from the version Ike and Tina Turner later recorded. Then there's "Run Through the Jungle," "Down on the Corner," and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?" A number of their songs reference rural Southern life and specifically the bayou. People who are newly discovering their music today are surprised to learn that all four singers -- Tom and John Fogerty, Doug Clifford, and Stu Cook -- were from Northern California. They recorded some of their best-loved songs in a San Francisco studio. 

Unfortunately, the bad didn't last. By 1970, the band was embroiled in power struggles that pitted lead singer John Fogerty against his older brother, Tom, Clifford, and Cook. To hear John Fogerty tell it, he had the greater talent and the vision the band needed. The others, however, felt John was simply controlling and power-hungry. The elder Fogerty brother left the band, and CCR soon broke up altogether. 

So, we'll just have to enjoy the songs they left us with. To that end, we've created a quiz on CCR lyrics to separate the true fans from the casual listeners. Are you ready? Let's do this!

"Left a good job in the city/__________ ev'ry night and day."

This lyric is from "Proud Mary." In it, the singer leaves city life for life on the river, where "people are happy to give."

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"Don't go around tonight/Well, __________."

"Don't go around tonight/Well, it's bound to take your life/There's a bad moon on the rise." These lyrics are justly famous, but it bothers the grammarians among us that "it" in the second line has no precedent.

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"Some folks are born made ______."

This is the opening lyric of "Fortunate Son." Despite the title, the singer says he is no "fortunate one."

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"There's mud in the water/Roach in the _____."

This lyric is from "Ramble Tamble." It's a song of discontent with American life, similar to John Cougar Mellencamp's "Pink Houses."

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"And I wonder, still I wonder, _________?"

This refrain is famous. The song has the same name: "Who'll stop the rain?"

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"Bother me tomorrow; today, _________."

Wise words from Creedence about living in the moment. (We'll ignore the strong implication that the singer is living in the moment while on hallucinogens).

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"Down on the corner; __________."

This is another well-known and very catchy lyric. It's followed by "Willy and the Poorboys are playing/Bring a nickel, tap your feet."

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"Won't you take me down to Memphis ______?"

This line is from the single, "Travelin' Band." (Not to be confused with "Ramblin' Man" by the Allman Brothers.)

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"Come away if you're going, leave ________ behind."

This is from "Up Around the Bend." Elsewhere in the lyrics, the listener is invited to go "where the neon turns to wood."

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"Pack my bag and let's get movin', 'cause I'm bound _________."

This song, "Long As I Can See The Light," comes off the 1970 album, "Cosmo's Factory." Cosmo was a nickname for Doug Clifford, the band's drummer.

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"They told me, 'Don't go walkin' slow/'Cause _________."

This lyric is from the hypnotically percussive, "Run Through the Jungle." It was one of CCR's last big hits.

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"Oh Lord, stuck in _____ again."

Maybe the people of Lodi, California, are mad about this diss. Maybe they're backhandedly proud. Having never been there, we'll just have to speculate.

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"And if you get lost, come home to _________."

"Green River" is a love song to a rural paradise. The "catfish bite" and "barefoot girls (dance) in the moonlight."

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"It's just a thought/But I've noticed _______"

These are the opening lines of "It's Just a Thought," which is also a phrase that repeats throughout the song. It comes from the 1970 album, "Pendulum."

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"If you can choose it, who can refuse it/Y'all be ________ tonight."

What is "choogling"? We'll let John Fogerty explain it: "You got to ball and have a good time/And that's what I call chooglin'."

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"Everywhere you look there's a ________."

This is from the 1969 song, "Commotion." It's about discontent with modern and city life.

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"I'm just a cross-tie walker, where ________."

"Cross-tie walker" is a song about life as a traveling hobo. A "tie" is the wooden beam(s) on which the rails lie; they run crosswise to the rails, hence the name.

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"Now, when I was just a little boy/Standin' to _________."

This is a lyric from the opening verse of "Born on the Bayou." The singer's father tells him not to let "the man get you/Do what he done to me."

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"Who will take the salt ________?"

"It Ain't You Or Me" is a song filled with guilt about the things the poor do for the rich (or just middle class). This includes farm labor, making clothes, and going to war.

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"If I were some jewelry, baby/ Lord, I'd have to be ________."

This lyric comes from the song, "Penthouse Pauper." The singer aspires to be only the best of whatever he might be: a piece of jewelry, a politician, a baseball player.

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"Wrote a song for everyone/Wrote a song for _____."

"Wrote a Song For Everyone" is a song with a conscience, alluding to the uselessness of war and striking a pessimistic tone about whether the world will ever change.

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"On the highway, _____ people lost their lives."

This is from "Graveyard Train," a song about a grisly wreck for which the singer feels responsible. It comes from the album, "Bayou Country."

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"See how good the _____ tastes/When you can't have any at all."

Surprised? This isn't a song about forbidden alcohol or being on the wagon. "Bootleg" is a song about how desirable anything is when you're not supposed to have it.

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"Tombstone shadow, stretchin' across _________."

Though the members of CCR were from Northern California, they wrote bluesy songs of Southern superstition. This includes "Tombstone Shadow."

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"Burn away the goodness/_________ remain."

"Sinister Purpose" has only two verses and a chorus. It's one of those songs in which the music is the star.

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"It came out of the sky, landed just a little south of ______."

"It Came Out of the Sky" is a bit of a novelty song about an unknown object from space. The lyrics have a slight political bent, making fun of the political struggles that ensue over the object, between the White House, the Vatican, and others.

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"Hey look over yonder, _________."

"Feelin' Blue" opens each of its verses with some variation of "Hey look over yonder ..." The singer is having premonitions of his death by hanging.

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"I want to know, have you ever _______?"

This should be a familiar line. It continues, "coming down on a sunny day."

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"______ Baby, won't you walk with me?"

"Pagan Baby" isn't the most cerebral nor the most socially-conscious of CCR's songs. It's mostly the singer persuading the girl to "spread your love on me."

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"Over by the courthouse, they're ________."

This is another lyric from the hit, "Down on the Corner." The one you'll find elsewhere in this quiz is, we thought, was a little too easy for true CCR lovers!

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"Woke up early feelin' light; ______, it's a _____."

"Shame, it's a shame" is the repeated refrain of "Sailor's Lament." He woke up "feelin' light" because he lost a lot of money in a card game.

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"Howdy, friend, beggin' you pardon/Is there somethin' _________?

This song is "(Wish I Could) Hideaway." It's the person to whom the singer is speaking who is apparently about to go "hideaway."

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"If maybe you'd _______/Give someone else a chance to try their luck."

This is from "Take It Like a Friend." Unlike most CCR songs, this one is by Stu Cook, not John Fogerty, and reflects the power struggles the band had been going through.

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"Sweet hitch-a-hiker, won't you ride _____?"

"Sweet Hitch-Hiker" is another Stu Cook song, a product of the days when CCR's remaining members (Tom Fogerty had left the band) were sharing songwriting duties. The lyrics lack the deft touch that John Fogerty usually brought to his work.

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"Forget about your mother and think about _____."

"What Are You Gonna Do?" was written by Doug Clifford. The lyrics are a man speaking to his wife or girlfriend, who cannot seem to decide whether to stay or go.

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