"Green River" as written by and John C. Fogerty....
Well, take me back down where cool water flow, yeh
Let me remember things I love
Stoppin' at the log where catfish bite,
Walkin' along the river road at night,
Barefoot girls dancin' in the moonlight

I can hear the bull frog callin' me
Wonder if my rope's still hangin' to the tree
Love to kick my feet way down the shallow water,
Shoe fly, dragon fly, get back t your mother
Pick up a flat rock, skip it across Green River

Up at Cody's camp I spent my days, oh,
With flat car riders and cross-tie walkers
Old Cody, Junior took me over,
Said, you're gonna find the world is smouldrin'
An' if you get lost come on home to Green River
Well, come home


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"Green River" as written by John Cameron Fogerty

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    General CommentThere was this campsite Fogerty and the others would go to every year in California called Putah Creek. It was run by a descendent of Buffalo Bill Cody, and they used to sell these drinks made with a syrup called "Green River". Fogerty wrote wrote the song about the camp which was like a vacation refuge to him, and then named it 'green river' cos it was more musical-sounding.
    shadowwiththeeyeson March 01, 2005   Link
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    General CommentCCR was not a southern rock band, they were all from California even though many of their popular songs are about life in the south on the bayou or on the river.
    nemton January 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commenti couldn't believe that i didn't see any comments on the CCR's best song, then i realized i was on a website named songmeanings.net and probably no one know wat this song means...i don't either, but i'll take a stab at it...

    i hav a feeling it's about a soldier who came back from war...but all the song implies is that it's about going back home after being away for a while...my reasons for saying it's about war is b/c Cody tells him that when he leaves Green River he's gonna find out "the world is smolderin"...i also think that might just mean the real world is hard, but that u can always go back home
    ZinbobDanon June 30, 2004   Link
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    General CommentCCR is kickass, and it's amazing they were only around for four years.

    i mean, if they would have stuck together longer, i think they would have passed all the greats in southern rock n roll, such as lynard skynard.

    but, this is by far one of my favorite songs by CCR.
    prodigal_sunscreenon November 20, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThis is an awesome song, the guitar riff in the beginning is very swampy, and sets the scence of a River type setting.
    Kickoutthejamson April 10, 2005   Link
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    General CommentChrisb1 asked what a cross-tie walker is, it's a colorful description of a tramp or hobo, who when they aren't "flat-car riders" (hopping trains to travel across the countryside), they are "cross-tie walkers" walking on the rails waiting for a train.

    This, too, is my favorite CCR song. I love the imagery of a barefoot girl dancing in the moonlight along a river road.
    DirtyDupeon January 10, 2006   Link
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    Memoryi think this is a pretty awesome song. my dad wanted to name my sister 'cody' in the 70's...but my mom wouldn't have it...then i came along and he got his wish...i'm pretty stoked about the name cody : )
    cody701on May 03, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentEverytime they mention Green River on the weather report,gotta listen to it...
    emuInAmuumuuon May 28, 2012   Link
  • 0
    General Commenti love this song i love creedence what more can i say
    Niamon September 30, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentwelllll, bownownbowbownownow

    green river!
    subterranean_summeron November 12, 2005   Link

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