Bootleg
Creedence Clearwater Revival Lyrics


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Bootleg, bootleg
Bootleg, howl
Bootleg, bootleg
Bootleg, howl

Take you a glass of water
Make it against the law
See how good the water tastes
When you can't have any at all

Bootleg, bootleg
Bootleg, howl
Bootleg, bootleg
Bootleg, howl

Findin' a natural woman
Like honey to a bee

But you don't buzz the flower
When you know the honey's free

Bootleg, bootleg
Bootleg, howl
Bootleg, bootleg
Bootleg, howl

Suzy maybe give you some cherry pie
But lord, that ain't no fun
A better you grab it when she ain't lookin'
'Cause you know you'd rather have it on the run

Bootleg, bootleg
Bootleg, howl




Bootleg, bootleg
Bootleg, howl

Overall Meaning

The lyrics of "Bootleg" by Creedence Clearwater Revival speak of the desire to obtain something forbidden or illegal, whether it is drinking bootlegged liquor or having an affair with a married woman. The song's repetitive structure and animalistic howls in the chorus create a sense of urgency and primal desire. The first verse specifically addresses the allure of bootlegged alcohol, both for its taste and for the thrill of breaking the law. The second verse compares finding a "natural woman" to a bee finding honey, but cautions against ruining the sweetness by taking advantage of a woman who is already taken. The third verse portrays the fleeting and illicit nature of sexual encounters, suggesting that it is better to take what you can get and run away.


Overall, the lyrics of "Bootleg" suggest that the appeal of prohibited pleasures lies in their scarcity and the excitement of breaking the rules. The song captures a sense of rebellion and desire for something more, making it a defining track of the countercultural era that Creedence Clearwater Revival emerged from.


Line by Line Meaning

Bootleg, bootleg
Slang for illegally produced alcohol.


Bootleg, howl
Howling is a common sound in blues music.


Take you a glass of water
Water here represents something desired by people.


Make it against the law
Banning or restricting the possession of what people want increases their desire.


See how good the water tastes
People value what they are forbidden or limited from having.


When you can't have any at all
Being denied something fuels the desire for it even more.


Findin' a natural woman
The search for something desired and unadulterated.


Like honey to a bee
An analogy to emphasize the attractive sweetness of a natural woman.


But you don't buzz the flower
Not needing to put in effort to get what you want.


When you know the honey's free
When you realize that what you desire is easily attainable, it loses its appeal.


Suzy maybe give you some cherry pie
Enticement by someone promising to give you something you desire.


But lord, that ain't no fun
Easy attainability and lack of competition weakens the desire for something.


A better you grab it when she ain't lookin'
People crave what is prohibited or difficult to obtain.


'Cause you know you'd rather have it on the run
People often prefer the thrill of the chase rather than the possession of the desired object.




Lyrics © Universal Music Publishing Group, CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: John Cameron Fogerty

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@tombone63

"You don't buzz the flower when you know the honey 'free" - GREAT line! ..and true

@79tazman

I like the last one Suzy maybe give you some cherry pie,
But lord, that ain't no fun.
Better you grab it when she ain't lookin'
'Cause you know you'd rather have it on the run.

@raysills6666

One of the most underrated CCR songs
It’s got every element that made them
The supernatural force they became
Absolute magic! ⭐️💫🌟💥⚡️

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They were the best at the relaxed shuffle, straight groovin

@donjohn2695

One of my favourites by CCR

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