Well, take me back down where cool water flow, yeh.
Let me remember things I love.
Stoppin' at the log where catfish bite,
Walkin' along the river road at night,
Barefoot girls dancin' in the moonlight.

I can hear the bull frog callin' me.
Wonder if my rope's still hangin' to the tree.
Love to kick my feet way down the shallow water,
Shoe fly, dragon fly, get back t your mother.
Pick up a flat rock, skip it across Green River.

Up at Cody's camp I spent my days, oh,
With flat car riders and cross-tie walkers.
Old Cody, Junior took me over,
Said, you're gonna find the world is smouldrin'
An' if you get lost come on home to Green River.

Lyrics submitted by GAknightgolfer22

"Green River" as written by John Cameron Fogerty


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    General CommentI like Fogerty's version more than when he did it with CCR. They're both great, but I too am tired of people only knowing it from GTA San an.
    GAknightgolfer22on June 24, 2006   Link
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    General CommentI appreciate if someone explains to me 2 things on this song:
    1. what does Shoefly, dragonfly, get back t'your mother and...
    2. flat car riders and cross-tie walkers
    I would very much appreciate it.
    Manny2008on September 21, 2007   Link
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    General CommentMANNY: This is a song about the Bayou (strange since CCR members were from CA). The Shoefly/Dragonfly references are literal - just a person enjoying cool water but wanting the bugs to go away. As for the "Flat Car" and "Cross Tie Walkers" lyrics - this refers to railroad workers in camps - in the 1930's. They rode flat cars on the rail lines and the workers installed railroad ties after they were unloaded from the flat cars - these workers were called "Cross-Tie Walkers."
    Beardawgon July 05, 2008   Link
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    My InterpretationThis song is also about the fun times that John Fogerty had, as a child, when his family went on vacation at some place that he referred to as Green River. He later wrote a follow-up song from a teenager's point of view which even referenced Green River. That song was called Swamp River Days.
    FogertyFanBostonon February 23, 2010   Link
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    My InterpretationThe term "Green River" itself came from a fountain drink that John used to get at a store such as 7/11. It is a lime soda like drink and it was named Green River. They actually still make these drinks if you know where to look. He wrote down the words "Green River" in his notebook and later used them in this song.
    FogertyFanBostonon February 23, 2010   Link

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