"Wrote a Song for Everyone" as written by and J. C. Fogerty....
Met myself a comin' county welfare line.
I was feelin' strung out, hung out on the line.
Saw myself a goin', down to war in June.
All I want, all I want is to write myself a tune.

[Chorus]
Wrote a song for everyone,
Wrote a song for truth.
Wrote a song For everyone
And I couldn't even talk to you.

Got myself arrested, wound me up in jail.
Richmond 'bout to blow up, communication failed.
If you see the answer, now's the time to say.
All I want, all I want is to get you down and pray.

[Chorus: x2]

Saw the people standin' thousand years in chains.
Somebody said it's different now, look, it's just the same.
Pharoah's spin the message, 'round and 'round the truth.
They could have saved a million people, how can I tell you?

[Chorus: x2]


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"Wrote a Song for Everyone" as written by J. C. Fogerty

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    General CommentSomebody comment on this song its simply amazing...i personally think this song is about the treatment of blacks in the 60's, because of the line " saw the people standing 1000 years in chains, somebody said its different now, look its just the same".......this might mean that the black person has always been slaved and when people say there free now-a-days they really arent...i dunno just a thought
    stevethegreaton May 30, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentHey idiot...you only need to click the add button once, not so many times it makes you dizzy you anal rapping whore.
    stevethegreaton June 17, 2004   Link
  • +1
    General CommentIn my opinion this is the best Creedence song ever!!! Big call I know, BUT it is MY opinion after all. This song is so underrated.
    Sicklenhammeron November 27, 2017   Link
  • 0
    General CommentI just heard this song for the first time, after buying the album earlier today. At first I thought it was a love song, about some problems with his girlfriend/wife/whatever. But after looking at the lyrics above I realised there must be a deeper meaning to the song. It seems to me that this song is about the feelings of "oppresion by the man" and the yearning to "break free" in the 60s. In regard to Steve's comment above, I think that the chains may be a reference to all the people being "oppresed by the man" in the 60s, and them breaking free, not just black people in particular. In anycase, I love the song.
    Oceanic Gazeon June 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI just heard this song for the first time, after buying the album earlier today. At first I thought it was a love song, about some problems with his girlfriend/wife/whatever. But after looking at the lyrics above I realised there must be a deeper meaning to the song. It seems to me that this song is about the feelings of "oppresion by the man" and the yearning to "break free" in the 60s. In regard to Steve's comment above, I think that the chains may be a reference to all the people being "oppresed by the man" in the 60s, and them breaking free, not just black people in particular. In anycase, I love the song.
    Oceanic Gazeon June 01, 2004   Link
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    General CommentI just heard this song for the first time, after buying the album earlier today. At first I thought it was a love song, about some problems with his girlfriend/wife/whatever. But after looking at the lyrics above I realised there must be a deeper meaning to the song. It seems to me that this song is about the feelings of "oppresion by the man" and the yearning to "break free" in the 60s. In regard to Steve's comment above, I think that the chains may be a reference to all the people being "oppresed by the man" in the 60s, and them breaking free, not just black people in particular. In anycase, I love the song.
    Oceanic Gazeon June 01, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General Commentmy all time favorite CCR tune, its a song you can just feel, its country-blues bliss
    MrTambourineManon December 31, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt may be about someone who looks at the big picture, fights for social justice, writes popular songs, but can't sustain a normal relationships with his girlfriend.
    chrisb1on September 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentIt may be about someone who looks at the big picture, fights for social justice, writes popular songs, but can't sustain a normal relationships with his girlfriend.
    chrisb1on September 23, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe story behind this song is actually one of my favorites. CCR’s “producer” Saul Zantz (john fogerty really produced the music) was breathing down Fogerty’s neck to come up with the next hit song. The pressure was getting to John as he was beginning to feel that the whole future of the band hung on him and him alone. A real prelude to the bands brake up. Anyway, John’s wife at the time was trying to help him through it but he felt like he couldn’t even turn to her. In frustration, he locked him self in his study and wrote this song. His own feelings of frustration came out in a brilliant metaphor that holds a much broader meaning when listened too on the outside.
    bradburyesquon June 01, 2006   Link

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