Lodi
Creedence Clearwater Revival Lyrics


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Just about a year ago
I set out on the road
Seekin' my fame and fortune
Lookin' for a pot of gold
Things got bad and things got worse
I guess you will know the tune
Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again
Rode in on the Greyhound
I'll be walkin' out if I go
I was just passin' through
Must be seven months or more
Ran out of time and money
Looks like they took my friends
Oh Lord, I'm stuck in Lodi again

The man from the magazine
Said I was on my way
Somewhere I lost connections
I ran out of songs to play
I came into town, a one night stand
Looks like my plans fell through
Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again

If I only had a dollar
For ev'ry song I've sung
Ev'ry time I've had to play
While people sat there drunk
You know, I'd catch the next train
Back to where I live




Oh Lord, I'm stuck in Lodi again
Oh Lord, I'm stuck in Lodi again

Overall Meaning

The song Lodi, by Creedence Clearwater Revival, is a melancholic ballad that tells the story of a musician who set out to find fame and fortune on the road, but instead ended up stuck in Lodi, a small town in California. The lyrics are full of frustration and disappointment as the singer reflects on his failed dreams and the struggles he's encountered as a struggling musician. He describes how he ran out of money and time, lost connections and inspiration, and ultimately ended up stranded in Lodi with no way out. The repetition of the line "Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again", reinforces the sense of helplessness and despair that the singer feels, as he's forced to confront the reality of his failed ambitions.


There is a sense of irony in the lyrics, as the singer wishes he had a dollar for every song he's sung or every time he's had to play while people sat there drunk, indicating that his life as a musician has not been as glamorous as he'd hoped. The mention of a man from a magazine who said he was on his way, only to lose connections and run out of songs to play, highlights the challenges of making it in the music industry and the fragility of success.


Overall, Lodi is a poignant song about the struggles of a musician who finds himself stuck in a dead-end town, with no clear way out.


Line by Line Meaning

Just about a year ago
Almost a year ago, I began my journey


I set out on the road
I started traveling, hoping for success and wealth


Seekin' my fame and fortune
I was looking for recognition and riches


Lookin' for a pot of gold
I was searching for a treasure


Things got bad and things got worse
My situation deteriorated


I guess you will know the tune
You can probably imagine what happened


Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again
I'm once again trapped in Lodi


Rode in on the Greyhound
I arrived on a Greyhound bus


I'll be walkin' out if I go
I'll have to leave on foot if I leave at all


I was just passin' through
I didn't plan to stay in Lodi


Must be seven months or more
I've been here for at least seven months


Ran out of time and money
I no longer have the resources to leave


Looks like they took my friends
I lost my companions in Lodi


The man from the magazine
The person who interviewed me for the magazine


Said I was on my way
Claimed I was destined for success


Somewhere I lost connections
I lost my contacts and opportunities


I ran out of songs to play
I couldn't come up with any new songs to perform


I came into town, a one night stand
I only planned to stay in Lodi for one performance


Looks like my plans fell through
Unfortunately, my plans didn't work out


If I only had a dollar
I wish I had a dollar for every time I performed


For ev'ry song I've sung
Every piece I've sung


Ev'ry time I've had to play
Each moment I've had to perform


While people sat there drunk
As people drank and didn't pay attention


You know, I'd catch the next train
If possible, I'd leave right away


Back to where I live
To return to my hometown


Oh Lord, I'm stuck in Lodi again
Once more, I'm stuck in Lodi




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

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@revelationakagoldeneagle8045

Memories of my youth ✌️
I was 14 when this song was released...
My, my, how time flies...
Nearing 67 years young now!
Have lived a good life, have lost many friends and family members over the years...
Many of us have!
But our journey is not over yet!
Journey Well Brother's and Sister's ✌️

Life Is Not A Problem To Be Solved, Life Is A Journey To Be Lived 🌹



@user-ip9yu7lp1q

Just about a year ago, I set out on the road,
Seekin' my fame and fortune, lookin' for a pot of gold.
Things got bad, and things got worse, I guess you will know the tune.

Oh ! Lord, I'm stuck in Lodi again.

Rode in on the Greyhound, I'll be walkin' out if I go.
I was just passin' through, must be seven months or more.
Ran out of time and money, looks like they took my friends.

The man from the magazine said I was on my way.
Somewhere I lost connections, ran out of songs to play.
I came into town, a one night stand, looks like my plans fell through

If I only had a dollar, for ev'ry song I've sung.
And ev'ry time I've had to play while people sat there drunk.
You know, I'd catch the next train back to where I live.



All comments from YouTube:

@kennytolbert9260

I am 75, being a fan of CCR's since the 1960's, their music never gets old, sadly I have!

@analorenasolis1997

Hola gracias por estar siempre conmigo

@benkkonzsella8544

I am 74 years young, they were and still are my favourite band, old age and wisdom, you can't beat it 👍, 🙏

@benkkonzsella8544

Amen to that bro, methinks you and me are the last of the mohicans, but methinks we have one thing in common, we are kinda old 🧓 dudes, but methinks we sure know music 🎶 😛, live long and prosper bro, as spock said 😛👌🎸👍

@alexgasiewski4970

Have you

@j.edward4379

The music sure has a way to take us back to our youth. I think it's the closest thing to a time machine we got. Remember my friend, your as young as you feel. Hang in there.

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@richardb9556

This is a GREAT song. Not like the JUNK today. Long live CCR.

@user-pv5ep7ed5z

Agree

@Thebrassloader

Couldn't agree more

@DaleGribbletheCat

Agree

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