Big Bear’s Story Behind the Songs [VIDEO]
Have you ever wondered where these great song writers come up with a great song?
Since the late 1960s we have grown accustomed to hearing Creedance Clearwater Revival coming out of your radio. Of course the group had lots of hit songs on the radio and you probably still have an album or two hanging around in your old box of record albums you may have stashed in the attic.
John Fogerty revealed recently that his inspiration for writing the CCR song “Have You Ever Seen The Rain” came from a road trip to upstate New York in late 1969 — August 1969 to be exact. Upstate New York was the destination and it was a little concert called Woodstock. John said he was there digging the music with the Hippie generation that was 500,000 strong at that concert when it began to rain! There he was in the rain, enjoying the music and then 500,000 people took their clothes off! That’s the story as John Fogerty tells it!
S0me say the song is about the “rain” being a metaphor for bombs falling from the sky. Some suggests that the song is about the idealism of the 1960s fading in the wake of events such as the Altamont Free Concert and the Kent State shootings and that Fogerty is saying that the same issues of the ’60s still existed in the 1970s but that people were no longer fighting for them. It was sure a song for the times in 1971. I like to believe that out there in 1969 that 500,000 were getting naked in the rain.