"Bad Moon Rising" as written by and John C. Fogerty....
I see the bad moon arising.
I see trouble on the way.
I see earthquakes and lightnin'.
I see those 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 over flowing.
I hear the voice of rage and ruin.

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

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.


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"Bad Moon Rising" as written by John C. Fogerty

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  • +3
    General CommentThis is about John Fogerty's personal battle with werewolfism. He fears a full or "bad" moon rising because he doesnt want to hurt people as a werewolf
    Uncle Jemimahon August 07, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentI thought this song was about racism and the violence against blacks in the South.
    "Don't go around tonight
    Well it's bound to take your life
    There's a bad moon on the rise."
    They would warn blacks not to leave their homes at night in order to avoid gangs of whites. These confrontations would almost certainly lead to death or injury, and night was the most dangerous time for blacks.

    "I hear the voice of rage and ruin"
    Hearing the white gangs express rage at rallies, or even as they encountered blacks on the street. The ruin could refer to bombings and arson on black establishments.

    "One eye is taken for an eye"
    A white gang killed a black person, so a black gang would kill a white person, and it would go back and forth...

    Just how I saw it.
    deusmortuorumon August 22, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDefinitely a political antic towards Vietnam.
    rocknrolljessieon August 28, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General Commentthis song definitely sounds like it could be describing the vietnam war. i believe i have seen it in a couple music lists from that era.
    goat manillaon May 10, 2002   Link
  • +1
    General Commentits true that this songs lyrics were inspired by a movie called The Devil And Daniel Webster, in which a hurricane wipes out most of a town. This is where John Fogerty got the idea for the line "I feel the hurricane blowin', I hope you're quite prepared to die. - The lyrics also describing events that indicate a coming apocalypse
    JeffKaos71on January 28, 2005   Link
  • +1
    Song MeaningAs far as I'm aware, 'Bad Moon Rising' was written as an omen about the ubiquitous high use/abuse of drugs in the sixties by both the public and celebrities - "Don't go around tonight, well it's bound to take your life" and "Hope you got your things together, hope you are quite prepared to die".
    TheBlackWhirlwindon June 23, 2009   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI've read that this song was reaction to Richard Nixon's election in 1968. Clearly, he did not expect great things of Nixon.
    Slyodon August 21, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General Commentif not the apocalpyse a bad trip
    dwelson April 14, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentthis song is definetly about dying...if your not ready be ready, because you could be dead tomorrow
    Weezamamma420on May 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmaybe the guy is just singing about a full moon coming up and, like usual, bad or strange things are going to happen because of the full moon. It could be him warning somebody of the full moon?
    Kriscoon May 22, 2002   Link

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