"Up Around The Bend" as written by and John Fogerty....
There's a place up ahead and I'm goin'
Just as fast as my feet can fly
Come away, come away if you're goin',
Leave the sinkin' ship behind.

[Chorus:]
Come on the risin' wind,
We're goin' up around the bend.

Ooh!

Bring a song and a smile for the banjo,
Better get while the gettin's good,
Hitch a ride to the end of the highway
Where the neons turn to wood.

[Chorus:]

Ooh!

You can ponder perpetual motion,
Fix your mind on a crystal day,
Always time for a good conversation,
There's an ear for what you say.

[Chorus:]

Yeah!

Ooh!

Catch a ride to the end of the highway
And we'll meet by the big red tree,
There's a place up ahead and I'm goin'
Come along, come along with me.

[Chorus:]

Yeah!


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"Up Around the Bend" as written by John Fogerty

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  • +3
    General Commentit's about joyriding...or just having fun...here's my in-depth analysis

    in the first verse, he is telling somebody that there's a place up ahead to which he is running as fast as he can...we know he is running as fast as he can as the line "just as fast as my feet can fly" is a metaphor; literally it would mean: my feet are moving really fast and i will not go slower than as fast as they can move...at the end of the verse he invites the listener to come along and "leave this sinkin' ship behind"

    AHA! could this be draft-dodgers fleeing to canada? california is kinda arc-shaped; is going "around the bend" goin up around the coast into a different country?

    REFRAIN: here he is saying the "rising wind" of the war is becoming to much to handle and it's time to get out

    the second verse starts off all about having fun, but the second line reveals that u gotta get out before it's too late: before u get drafted..."the end of the highway" represents the canadian border, which is where the glamour of california/the US turns into Canadian wilderness, "where the neons turn to wood"

    the next-to-last verse states that, with newfound freedom, they can "ponder perpetual motion," enjoy the "crystal day," talk to each other about everything (as now there they don't hav to worry about others not being sympathetic to their anti-war views)...

    the last verse once again refers to "the end of the highway" where they'll "meet by the big red tree," which refers to the Big Red Leaf on Canada's flag...the once again makes sure the listener knows that he is going up ahead to a place to which we are invited to come
    ZinbobDanon June 30, 2004   Link
  • +2
    General CommentYou guys are close. The meaning is about traveling to California. "Catch a ride to the end of the highway
    And we'll meet by the big red tree," The big red tree he's referring to are the California red woods. All of these guys were from California. He may have been referring also to Mendocino County in northern California where the best marijuana in the world is grown. Or maybe I've just smoked too much of that weed. Your guess.
    binthderdonthaton August 03, 2010   Link
  • +1
    General CommentUnbelievable guitar riff - the BEST ever!!! And I am almost 60 years
    vasnmoGoon April 24, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentI'll stand by anyone who can make Bend rhyme with Wind.
    orangetomorrowon September 17, 2006   Link
  • +1
    General CommentThe guitar solo was probably my favorite part of the song.
    Pink_Floyd_fanon June 03, 2007   Link
  • +1
    General Commentnah man hes not talking about dodging the war...hes talking about all the crap u get in life just get away from it....have u ever gone on a road trip where neon turns to wood...get out of the city...where the highway ends...if u ever go south when the highway ends ur in nowhere away from the city in a great place

    the first verse is talking about leaving ur problems behind

    second verse is about u can reck your brain all day thinking about crap that doesnt matter like perpetual motion u can enjoy a crystal day...what u think about to take ur mind of u crappy life....job...or family

    third verse...where the highway ends theres a big red tree where he will meet someone whos gonna catch a ride from there crappy lives to the place up ahead

    CCR always talked about peace man just loving your life but they knew everyone had to deal with crap...so leave ur crap behind come along come along with me
    rememberthefutureon January 10, 2008   Link
  • 0
    General CommentReminds me of Louisiana more than Canada.

    But that interpretation is probably correct. Me, I'll take the song for face value; it is a great song to listen to in the car ona trip or just anywhere. On a personal note, it is probably how I'll feel once I get to leave my own "sinkin' ship" behind.

    Overall, a great song. Anything by CCR is awesome.
    Ander Knighton December 15, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentAnother favourite of mine of CCR's. For me, it's all about that riff - Deu, deu-deu, deiu-deiu-deiu!
    bkat004on February 09, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentCould be more general than draft dodging, more just about the hippie revolution. The place up ahead is the idealistic future. Leave the sinking ship behind (the current status quo) and come join the movement.
    trippinbtmon September 22, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI personally think this song could go either way. It could be about draft-dodging... or it could be about just getting out and goin. I personally think its the latter. Just gettin' out and findin' somewhere away from the crowds and crap of city life. Its hard to believe Fogerty was from LA, and the rest of the boys from SF. For me, this song is one of the best rock songs out there, and I don't think Syknard or any of the later southern boys would have done half as well if it hadn't been for CCR.
    crpb1on February 18, 2008   Link

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