"Ramble Tamble" as written by and J. C. Fogerty....
[Chorus:]
Move,
Down the road
I go.

[Chorus]

There's mud in the water,
Roach in the cellar,
Bugs in the sugar,
Mortgage on the home,
Mortgage on the home.

There's garbage on the sidewalk,
Highways in the back yard,
Police on the corner,
Mortgage on the car,

Mortgage on the car.

[Chorus]

They're selling independence,
Actors in the white house,
Acid in digestion,
Mortgage on my life,
Mortgage on my life.

[Chorus]

Ramble tamble tamble
Ramble tamble tamble
Ramble tamble tamble


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"Ramble Tamble" as written by John Cameron Fogerty

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    General CommentThis song is Mega Top Notch - this is my second post!

    The verse is so damn thigh-slapping!

    I thought the Chorus was about life on the road, but it could also mean the fragility of life, especially in the 60's - Wanting to leave the furore behind.

    The verses go to show how fragile life was. The first verse lays down the frustrations down in a simple manner with simple allusions (pests in the kitchen, and the mortgage.) The second verse moves further out to the frustrations of outside the house (I think "Highways in the back yard" is a reference to pressures of the the modern world moving in on the suburbs and the rural areas and the "Police on the corner" is obviously a reference to the political chaos of the 60's, e.g. Riots and the 68 Democratic Convention.)

    The last verse moves further out (which is why Fogerty was such a good songwriter) into the frustration over the US as a whole ("They're selling independence" - Vietnam, "Actors in the white house" - Reagan running for office or Nixon as a puppet, "Acid in digestion" - Drugs.) The frustration feels like life is on rent itself.

    Top Notch Mega song!
    bkat004on February 20, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentBest CCR song i heard along with run through the jungle and bad moon rising. I think its about moving around with a traveling band
    PlanetarumVagatioon December 10, 2005   Link
  • 0
    General CommentWhat a mega top notch song!

    The experimentalism of the song is very evocative of the 60's. And the haunting part in the middle goes to the show difficulty of life on the road, before it brings you back to the orginal riff that is bouncy and thigh-slapping fun.

    CCR wish they were Southerners!
    bkat004on February 10, 2006   Link
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    General CommentWOW this is awsome!!! I cant believe that onli 3 ppl wrote about this song, its very different..........:)
    friscleon February 18, 2006   Link
  • 0
    General CommentGreat song! I LOVE the album it's from, this song has a good little intro.
    Pink_Floyd_fanon February 08, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentSuch a great song! Fogerty was a musical genius.
    jokingkongon May 02, 2007   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThis song is definitely way overlooked when people consider not just the best CCR songs, but best rock and roll songs of all time.
    naiveSimon86on August 20, 2010   Link
  • 0
    General CommentThe lyrics do suggest that its about life on road.. But I cant comprehend it..
    Whatever it is.. it seems to be one of the most under rated songs of CCR.. Its such a great song..
    pushkar027on October 15, 2011   Link

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