Lookin' Out My Back Door
Creedence Clearwater Revival Lyrics


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Just got home from Illinois, lock the front door, oh boy!
Got to sit down, take a rest on the porch.
Imagination sets in, pretty soon I'm singing,

Doo, doo, doo, Looking out my back door.
There's a giant doing cartwheels,
A statue wearing high heels.
Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn.
A dinosaur Victrola listening to Buck Owens.
Doo, doo, doo, Looking out my back door.

Tambourines and elephants are playing in the band.
Won't you take a ride on the flying spoon?
Doo, doo doo.
Wond'rous apparition provided by magician.
Doo, doo, doo, Looking out my back door.

Tambourines and elephants are playing in the band.
Won't you take a ride on the flying spoon?
Doo, doo doo.
Bother me tomorrow, today, I'll buy no sorrows.
Doo, doo, doo, Looking out my back door.

Forward troubles Illinois, lock the front door, oh boy!
Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn.




Bother me tomorrow, today, I'll buy no sorrows.
Doo, doo, doo, Looking out my back door.

Overall Meaning

The song "Lookin' Out My Back Door" by Creedence Clearwater Revival is a whimsical song about a man who just got home and sits on his porch, letting his imagination run wild. The song paints a picture of a surreal scene of happy creatures dancing on his lawn, a statue in high heels, and a giant doing cartwheels. The lyrics are playful and imaginative, with a nod to Buck Owens and a Victrola being played by a dinosaur.


The song is almost like a dream sequence, where the singer is looking out through the backdoor of his house and experiencing a surreal world. It's an escape from the mundane reality of Illinois, and a chance to explore the fantastical world of his imagination.


The repeated "doo, doo, doo" in the chorus is like a mantra, inviting the listener to join in the imaginative journey. The song's joyful tone and playful lyrics make it a beloved classic of the 70s.


Line by Line Meaning

Just got home from Illinois, lock the front door, oh boy!
Just arrived home from another state, so I need to lock my front door to keep safe.


Got to sit down, take a rest on the porch.
Need to sit down and take a break on my porch after a long trip.


Imagination sets in, pretty soon I'm singing,
My imagination takes over and I start singing.


Doo, doo, doo, Looking out my back door.
Looking out my back door, observing the things around me.


There's a giant doing cartwheels, A statue wearing high heels.
Seeing strange, surreal images: a giant doing cartwheels and a statue with high heels.


Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn.
Observing happy creatures dancing on the lawn outside.


A dinosaur Victrola listening to Buck Owens.
Seeing a strange object: a dinosaur-shaped record player playing Buck Owens music.


Tambourines and elephants are playing in the band.
Seeing a band playing music with tambourines and elephants as members.


Won't you take a ride on the flying spoon?
Asking someone if they want to join in on the surreal experience of riding a flying spoon.


Wond'rous apparition provided by magician.
Acknowledging that the surreal sights are like a magic trick.


Bother me tomorrow, today, I'll buy no sorrows.
Not worrying about problems that may come up in the future, and instead enjoying the moment.


Forward troubles Illinois, lock the front door, oh boy!
Looking forward to dealing with any future problems when they arise, but still wanting to be safe by locking the front door.


Doo, doo, doo, Looking out my back door.
Continuing to observe the surreal sights from the safety of my back porch.




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@MattMurray-cy4zd

I am watching and listening to this on 4-4-24, and I am 84 yrs. Old

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@datman3416

84 on YouTube… my man lol best wishes abuelo

@normolsen5209

Damn good for you hope I make it that far.

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God bless you, sir or madam

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@those70sfords90

So if I'm gonna take a time machine back to the '70s, how many of you would come with me?

@FAITH-FAY

Me me I will tag along. I'm in Saskatchewan Canada 🇨🇦

@FAITH-FAY

@@oldspiritart I like your comment. Lol. So funny.

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