"Down On The Corner" as written by and John C. Fogerty....
Early in the evenin' just about supper time,
Over by the courthouse they're starting to unwind.
Four kids on the corner trying to bring you up.
Willy picks a tune out and he blows it on the harp.

Down on the corner, out in the street
Willy and the Poorboys are playin'
Bring a nickel; tap your feet.

Rooster hits the washboard and people just got to smile,
Blinky, thumps the gut bass and solos for a while.
Poorboy twangs the rhythm out on his kalamazoo.
Willy goes into a dance and doubles on kazoo.

Down on the corner, out in the street
Willy and the Poorboys are playin'
Bring a nickel; tap your feet.

Down on the corner, out in the street,
Willy and the Poorboys are playin'
Bring a nickel; tap your feet.

You don't need a penny just to hang around,
But if you've got a nickel, won't you lay your money down?
Over on the corner there's a happy noise.
People come from all around to watch the magic boy.

Down on the corner, out in the street,
Willy and the Poorboys are playin';
Bring a nickel; tap your feet.

Down on the corner, out in the street
Willy and the Poorboys are playin'
Bring a nickel; tap your feet.

Down on the corner, out in the street
Willy and the Poorboys are playin'
Bring a nickel; tap your feet.


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"Down On the Corner" as written by John C Fogerty

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  • +2
    General Commenthave to agree with everyone elses love of the song
    anyone every thought about the lines
    "Over by the courthouse they're starting to unwind.
    Four kids on the corner trying to bring you up."?
    to me it always seemed like something just happened to someone in the courthouse wether they deserived it or not people are sad because of it and the band is trying to bring up peoples spirts.
    the whole song seems like they are trying to forget or to just get over what happened in the courthouse
    keep in mind all of the segregation and supreme court desisions that just happened when this song was writtin.
    jdog40on July 14, 2005   Link
  • +2
    General CommentDon't know what's supposedly going on in the courthouse, but I don't think that matters. In small American towns the Courthouse is usally the center of the community. Often times an outdoor concert for social gathering takes place on the courthouse steps. If you live in a city of more than say... 30,000 this notion might seem upsurd, but in rural America this is commonplace.

    Like much of CCR this song exemplifies small town America and it's just local boys playing music over by the courthouse. A small crowd gathers and listens. That's all. It's not random lyrics... CCR is describing the scene and mood. Great song.
    defuncton July 11, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI don't really know what this song's about, but I love CCR's random, crazy lyrics...this song and Lookin' Out My Backdoor are my favorite CCR songs. I love the opening to this song too.
    Reginaon December 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI think Down On The Corner is a simple but groovy good-time-music-song.
    I guess the meaning of this song is just "going back to the musical roots",
    because CCR were often playing Skiffle music before the time they got
    successful.
    And you can match the fictional musicians in the songtext to the
    Creedence musicians (Willy=John Fogerty, Poorboy=Tom Fogerty, Blinky=Stu Cook,
    Rooster=Doug Clifford)
    groovybassiston March 19, 2011   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis is my favorite CCR song of all time. :)
    SgtPepperLHCBon June 05, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits a great song, i must agree
    nilnumon August 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General Commentits a great song, i must agree
    nilnumon August 17, 2002   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBut what is it about? Is it just about a particular street musician group, nothing more?
    stoolhardyon December 28, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentTHIS THE ABSOLUTE BEST CCR SONG aND ILL FIGHT YA IF YA THINK DIFFERENT
    SGT.PEPPERon April 17, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCreedence is fucking awesome.
    ghotistixon April 18, 2005   Link

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