John Fogerty (Creedence), Bruce Springsteen & Bob Seger : Who’ll Stop The Rain?

Sometimes when it rains it really pours.

Really Pours.

Drumming all night long.

Slashing through the sky all day long.

Falling, falling, on the school yards and the grave yards.

Falling, falling on the lost and the lonely.

Sometimes it really, really pours.

Falling on the outcasts and the refugees.

Falling relentlessly on Hank Williams as he walks purposefully down the lost highway.

Longer than the memory of man the rain has been falling down.

Mysterious and Merciless.

Falling down.

Falling down.

On Pharaoh and Caesar.

On the Saints and the Sinners.

Who’ll stop the rain?

Who’ll stop the rain?

A mysterious and alluring fable lasting barely 150 seconds which you will never sound the depths of even if you have 150 years for the task.

John Fogerty as the dark eyed seer alerting the tribe round the campfire to the signs and rhythms all around them if they would but attend to them.

His vocal and guitar is lit with ancient lore brought fatalistically to the present.

Lashed to the mast of John Fogerty’s obsessive imagination brother Tom, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford sail on into the unknown immensity ahead.

Bruce Springsteen from his youth recognised the primal power of John Fogerty’s songs with Creedence.

He also was struck by their mythic charge and insights into American history and contemporary society.

And they always had a dynamite riff!

The Boss also had that shiver looking out on, standing under, the still falling rain.

He knew there was a darkness that no one can evade.

Learning his trade and reflecting on his own and his nation’s experiences he understood that songs, if written and performed with craft and commitment, could provide shelter from the storm.

Who’ll stop the rain?

Good men through the ages though they know the rain will always fall still look to find the returning sun.

Bards and medicine men meet in colloquy reminding themselves of the insights of their vocations.

Aeons of songwriting and performing lore are distilled in this miraculous recording by John Fogerty and Bob Seger.

Impossible to say which voice is more aged in the wood.

Together they stand, shoulder to shoulder, as the hard rain tumbles from the sky.

Their is balm in the fellow feeling they show each other and us all as they sing.

Who’ll stop the rain?

Long as I remember …

The rain will never stop as long as the world turns.

All we can do is offer each other shelter and believe, no matter how sodden we become, in the reviving warmth of the sure to return sun.

88 thoughts on “John Fogerty (Creedence), Bruce Springsteen & Bob Seger : Who’ll Stop The Rain?

  1. Creedence and John in his solo career remain a favorite of mine. “Green River” was one of the first albums I bought when I finally had money to spend on music. In month or so, I’ll be playing “Centerfield” as baseball starts a new season. I never heard the duo with Bob Seger, that was pretty cool, but I’ll take mine straight up.

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  2. I have to confess a deep and abiding avoidance of Creedence even though I saw John and band several times in my youth. 1976. I rode to a gig from OKC to Fayetteville, Arkansas, an almost 4-hour drive. I had the flu, barfing out the window, trapped in a Dodge Charger with a bass player, the only tape in his car “Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Greatest Hits.” We drove it felt like forever to play for the door on a night when the University of Arkansas lost its homecoming game. Which meant we’d made the drive, set up, played half a night for free before we called it quits. And I rode home the same way I’d ridden to Fayetteville. “Ain’t no fortunate son, nah, nah…” But Fogerty wrote some great songs and still has aging rock star hair (read that as a weave and colored) and plays the casino circuit. I see ads for him at Winstar from time to time. I even worked with him a few times on my AR gig. I told him the story and apologized, that they were great songs, but –. “That’s cool,” he said. “At least you have a reason to ignore me.”
    Great songs, great artist. But there are some things that just can’t overcome their guilt by association. But I enjoyed the covers!
    Thanks, Thom!!

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