He take the thunder from the mountain, he take the lightning from the sky,
He bring the strong man to his begging knee, he make the young girl's mama cry.

You got to hidey-hide, you got to jump and run;
You got to hidey-hidey-hide, the Old Man is down the road.

He got the voices speak in riddles, he got the eye as black as coal,
He got a suitcase covered with rattlesnake hide, and he stands right in the road.

You got to hidey-hide, you got to jump up run away;
You got to hidey-hidey-hide, the Old Man is down the road.


He make the river call your lover, he make the barking of the hound,
Put a shade across the window, when the Old Man comes around.

You got to hidey-hide, you got to jump and run again;
You got to hidey-hidey-hide, the Old Man is down the road.
The Old Man is down the road.

You got ta, you got ta, you got ta, hidey-hidey-hide!

Lyrics submitted by OpinionHead, edited by PhilJSmith67

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    General CommentAn aside: Fogerty was sued by his former record company for plagiarism in writing this song.
    What song did it allegedly rip-off????
    wait for it ............ "Run Through The Jungle" another song written by the same man, John Fogerty !
    Thankfully the legal action was unsuccessful.
    chrisb1on January 01, 2008   Link
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    General CommentSomeone told me that John Fogerty lived near Ronald Reagan's ranch at the time. He is the old man refered to in this song.
    yrogerg1on September 21, 2005   Link
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    General CommentI always thought the old man was a conjurer or voodoo priest, controlling everything with his spells. (Snakeskin is a big thing in conjuring, therefore his rattlesnake suitcase.) The song has a spooky feel that backs it up. I can just picture some strange old dude in the back bayou giving everybody the shivers--is he a witch? That stuff's just fakery...right?
    law4on March 30, 2008   Link
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    General CommentI don't know what the song means. The only thing I can infer is that the old man is a metaphor for something frightening. Maybe God on judgment day? Hmm... I don't hear this song much anymore, but it's a very good song and I wish I knew what it was about.
    stoolhardyon December 19, 2004   Link
  • 0
    General CommentHe's talking about death I think. Growing old then dying type of metaphor with The Old Man is Down the Road lyric like Your on your way, be scared
    TheShillon April 11, 2005   Link
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    General CommentThat makes sense TheShill, thanks for that comment. Well, this song came out in 1985 I think but the old man sure has not slowed down Fogerty's rocking. He has some good recent live performances, and he's still touring now.
    stoolhardyon July 12, 2005   Link
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    General Commentthat's pretty interesting yrogerg1, man but i love the feel of this song though
    heyjude55on April 23, 2006   Link
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    General Commentrealy great comments i just thought it could be something from childhood like the old bastard who never gave the ball back or who would squirt you with the hose if u came to close to the house and was the only one who you thought made your dad seem like an ant you know but those other comments are pretty convincing
    mattyboy11891on June 22, 2006   Link
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    General Commentsounds like an old fire and brimstone preaching about the wrath of god, that or it could be as some said earlier, about you getting older, as he takes a strong man to his knees, that or death not just aging.
    The funk monkon June 29, 2007   Link
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    General CommentI think this song is about, a sexy older guy like 25 that lives in a small town that all the fifteen to seventeen yearold girls are after take the like "make the young girls mama cry"
    revv_headon July 09, 2007   Link

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