Without rage or ruin

You gotta love John Fogerty. We’ve misunderstood “Bad Moon Rising” for years, and this week he actually sang it the way we heard it:

Fogerty had a little fun with the song when he got to the chorus: “Don’t go around tonight / Well, it’s bound to take your life / There’s a bad moon on the rise.” Apparently a lot of people hear that last line as “There’s a bathroom on the right.”

So Fogerty sang it that way Wednesday night, even pointing off to the right during his performance at the Chicago Theatre, WLS-AM Chicago, reported.

‘Scuse me while I kiss this guy.


  1. McGehee »

    30 November 2007 · 7:30 pm


    When I lived in Sacramento, local radio folks liked to talk about Fogerty’s alleged Sacramento “roots.” As in, he apparently lived in nearby Rancho Cordova for at least a week or two.

    Thus proving that the Lodi in the song of that name probably wasn’t actually this one. Even though Fogerty says he’s never been to the one in California.

  2. Francis W. Porretto »

    1 December 2007 · 6:01 am

    …and Lady Mondegreen? What about her?

  3. fillyjonk »

    1 December 2007 · 6:37 am

    Dang. Francis beat me to it.

  4. og »

    1 December 2007 · 9:45 am

    He’s got the whole world in his pants.

  5. David Fleck »

    1 December 2007 · 3:03 pm

    But I wonder if he was wrapped up like a douche, you know, the runner in the night?

  6. Mark Alger »

    1 December 2007 · 5:20 pm

    I remember a tale about John Lennon, some time after the breakup of the Beatles, trying to sing “I Am the Walrus” and getting semolina pilchard and oog-goo kachoob mixed up, saying, “I’ve got to stop writing such daft lyrics.”


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