Born on the Bayou
Creedence Clearwater Revival Lyrics


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(Alright, yeah, there you go)
(Yeah, hey, you sounded good to me)
(Sounded like)
(You've been listening close, haven't yeah)
(Yeah, here you go)
(Yeah)

Now when I was just a little boy
Standin' to my daddy's knee
My Poppa said, "Son, don't let the man getcha, do what he done to me
'Cause he'll get ya
Get ya now, now"

And I can remember the Fourth of July
Runnin' through the backwood bay
And I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'
Chasin' down a hoodoo there
Chasin' down a hoodoo there

Born on the Bayou
Born on the Bayou, alright
Born on the Bayou, do, do, do, do

Yeah, wish I was back on the Bayou
Rollin' with some Cajun Queen, Lord
Wishin' I were a fast freight train
Oh, just a-chooglin' on down to New Orleans

Born on the Bayou
Born on the Bayou, alright
Born on the Bayou
Do it, do it, do it, do it

And I can remember the Fourth of July
Runnin' through the backwood bay
And I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'
Chasin' down a hoodoo there
Chasin' down a hoodoo there

Born on the Bayou
Born on the Bayou, alright
Born on the Bayou
Do it, do it, do it, do it
Alright





(Wow, sounded like a bomb going off)

Overall Meaning

The lyrics to Creedence Clearwater Revival's song Born On The Bayou tell the story of the singer’s upbringing in the bayou, and the influence it had on him. He remembers his father warning him not to follow in his footsteps and become a victim of the “man.” The singer fondly reminisces about Fourth of July celebrations in the backwoods bayou, where he ran around with his hound dog chasing “hoodoos” - an African American term for a supernatural creature or spiritual force. He expresses a longing to be back on the bayou, rolling with a Cajun Queen and riding on a fast freight train to New Orleans.


The song is a celebration of the singer’s cultural heritage, and the impact it had on his life. It represents a longing for a simpler way of life, and the freedom to be who you want to be. The bayou symbolizes a place where one can escape the constraints of society and connect with nature and tradition. The song's powerful rhythm and swampy sound convey the raw energy and passion of the bayou's inhabitants.


Line by Line Meaning

Now when I was just a little boy
The singer is reminiscing about his childhood.


Standin' to my daddy's knee
The singer was close to his father.


My Poppa said, "Son, don't let the man getcha, do what he done to me"
The singer's father warned him not to let the system get the best of him.


'Cause he'll get ya
The system will catch and punish you if you don't comply.


'Cause he'll get ya now, now
The artist's father reiterates the point and explains the urgency of following his advice.


And I can remember the Fourth of July
The singer recalls a particular memory from his childhood.


Runnin' through the backwood bay
The singer was playing and running around in nature.


And I can still hear my old hound dog barkin'
The artist remembers details of the memory, like the sound of his dog barking.


Chasin' down a hoodoo there
The artist saw his dog chasing something mysterious or magical.


Born on the Bayou
The artist is proud of his upbringing and the place he comes from.


Wish I were back on the Bayou
The singer feels nostalgic and wants to relive his past.


Rollin' with some Cajun Queen
The artist fantasizes about being with a beautiful Cajun woman.


Wishin' I were a fast freight train
The singer wants to escape and go somewhere fast.


Oh, just a-chooglin' on down to New Orleans
The singer wants to go to New Orleans, and describes it in a fun, musical way.


Alright, do
The song's chorus repeats, urging the listener to keep going and do what they need to do.


Mm okay
A final acknowledgement, as the song ends on a rumination of the past.




Lyrics © CONCORD MUSIC PUBLISHING LLC, Warner Chappell Music, Inc.
Written by: John C. Fogerty

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@ElSantoLuchador

If I had a son, "don't let the man get you, do what he done to me" is advice I would definitely give him. 'Cause he'll get you.

@o.millerwhite6470

I can still remember dancing to this song in 1969 at the Scene West nightclub in Houston.This is music to dance to at the very best and I was also "born on the bayou" in New Orleans. This was the happiest time of my life single in Houston with hundreds of thousands of singles in the best place I every was. I am now a retired attorney, living for Jesus in the Philippines with my precious wife of three years and living in the best house I ever owned right on the Philippine Sea until I get go to heaven with Jesus for all eternity. My life has been rough at times but it is now very happy because of my Lord and Savior,Jesus Christ who has always protected me even when I was messing up my life.
Miller White

@jenniferstechow6278

What a great testimony! Thank you for sharing ❤

@debbiemurray1496

Stay blessed 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🎶🎶🎶

@davidkoch1951

God is good all the time!

@wp5224

John Fogerty had a unique voice. There is no one else like him. It’s a shame the band couldn’t stay together.

@annabrown7302

BORN AND RAISED IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA SHREVEPORT 🇺🇸 LOUISIANA 🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸🇺🇸

@Suri-A_

I am #59 year old Afro American woman I couldn't believe the soul &richness , the ,blues s &gospel, all wrapped up in one voice John Fogerty is the reason I enjoy listening to rock n roll I loss it when I heard the man voice! Oh my GOD I never tire from listening best thing I ever heard in all my life!!!

@marcosbragini4310

I'm from Argentina, I'm 37 years old and I want to tell you that CCR is my grandmother's favourite band. This music has shaped the youth of 3 generation in this country. CCR is universal

@richardbennett1856

Yes, it translates well to any country with that sound.
BA rocks out anyway.
It's one of the Great Cities.

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