Just got home from Illinois locked the front door oh boy!
Got to sit down take a rest on the porch
Imagination sets in pretty soon I'm singin'

Doo doo doo lookin' out my back door

There's a giant doing cartwheels a statue wearin' high heels
Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn
A dinosaur Victrola list'ning to Buck Owens

Doo doo doo lookin' out my back door

Tambourines and elephants are playing in the band
Won't you take a ride on the flyin' spoon?
Doo, doo doo
Wond'rous apparition provided by magician

Doo doo doo lookin' out my back door

Tambourines and elephants are playing in the band
Won't you take a ride on the flyin' spoon?
Doo, doo doo
Bother me tomorrow, today, I'll buy no sorrow

Doo doo doo lookin' out my back door

Forward troubles Illinois, lock the front door, oh boy!
Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn
Bother me tomorrow, today, I'll buy no sorrow

Doo doo doo lookin' out my back door



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"Looking out My Back Door" as written by J. C. Fogerty

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  • +3
    General Comment:Drugs? Please. CCR was probably the least drug-induced band of the time. All though they did there, experimenting they never performed high and Fogerty never wrote hi. He felt that the belief that drugs made people more creative was not only wrong but also sad. This song was written for his children. It’s about watching a carnival come through town through the eyes of a child. He was imagining what these strange things may look like to a kid. And that’s straight from the horse’s moth.
    bradburyesquon June 01, 2006   Link
  • +2
    General Comment:The song is about imagination and all the things that arise when a person relaxes and explores the world through their imagination
    jamesdean3155on April 26, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:I think that drug and death themes are a lesser interpretation of literature. I think that John is simply retelling all of the wonderful things that imagination (also highly valued in this era) can produce. A lot of Creedence songs are just about everyday occorunces, everyday life. Story telling, that was the original purpose of music anyway.
    regicide13on July 07, 2003   Link
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    General Comment:What does this mean to me? Well, I first heard on The Big Lebowski (great movie). Then I started hearing it on the radio. Around that time, I had just returned from a strenous C++ course far from home and had met disappointment in several other areas of human developmental behavior. So I got home, kicked back, and sat in my room, looking out my door....putting it all into perspective.
    Ander Knighton December 15, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:Fogerty was recently interviewed about this song which he wrote shortly after the birth of his first son.
    It is NOT about drugs.
    It is simply about childish imagination and the things that it can conjure up.
    chrisb1on September 23, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I love this song, it's so happy. If I'm ever in a really bad mood, I'll listen to the CCR greatest hits CD... John Fogarty's voice has this really calming effect on me...

    Anyway, no clue what this song is about, but I'm pretty sure it's NOT about drugs. Were you ever a child? Have you been around a child recently? Have you heard some of the crazywild stuff they can think up? It's a lot like this. Maybe something unpleasant happened in Illinois, and he wanted to forget, so he sat on his back porch (or looked out the back door) and drank a beer or something and pretended. Growups can pretend too. :-)
    Desaparecidaon December 04, 2005   Link
  • +1
    General Comment:I'm sorry, but no human brain could come up with this shit without being influenced by some kind of substance.

    Great song, but fogerty was f-d up when he wrote this. No doubt in my mind.
    rjsoderlundon August 28, 2008   Link
  • +1
    My Interpretation:I always thought that it was a commentary on how the 50s were.

    All the wondrous, trippy things that happen, I thought were't halucinations, but the illusions people had in the 50s that happy days were there again as the old song goes and that "Perfection" and great things were to come. Great things were to come, but not in the way the 50s envisioned them.

    "Lookin' Out My Back Door" could be how people in the 50s were caught in an ideology that was going back in time and was backwards, how our culture was regressing instead of progressing, and "Doo Doo Doo" before that is commenting on how most people were celebrating these regressions instead of finding a problem with it.

    "Bother me tomorrow, today I'll find no sorrow" in the 50s people were ignoring all of the cross-cutting cleavages and all the problems brewing in America and put it off to deal with it in the 60s when the problems had gotten way out of hand. It made dealing with the issues much more difficult and more dangerous because tension had been brewing for 10-15 years leading up to when people decided to start working to settle things.

    On the surface, I feel it seems that it's about the 60s and tripping but I feel Creedence could very well have been using that as a vehicle to metaphorize how in the 50s people were tripping on their delusions of being able to remain a traditional society where nothing goes wrong.
    thedudeabidesmanon November 13, 2009   Link
  • +1
    Song Meaning:I think two things. The song is about picking up drugs in IL " Wont you take a ride on the Flyin' Spoon", or It could be about getting home from Prison in IL.
    ELKAY950on April 28, 2013   Link
  • 0
    General Comment:Great song. Catchy tune.
    SgtPepperLHCBon June 05, 2002   Link

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