Lines of Inspiration
Melodious expressions, Enduring Truisms
“Rode in on a Greyhound, I’ll be walking out if I go…”
Song Title: Lodi
Songwriter: John Fogerty
The Band: Creedence Clearwater Revival
This four member band out of San Francisco blazed themselves a notable trail through the Roots – or Swamp – rock genre.
At the impressionable age of 11, when ‘Lodi’ turned up on the flipside of “Bad Moon Rising”, I interpreted the song title ‘Lodi’ as a state of mind; “Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again,” Apparently I wasn’t far off the mark, since Fogerty says his inspiration for the song was a downtrodden elderly man he’d seen on a street corner (before ever setting foot in the town Fogerty simply liked the name of). “At the beginning of a good career,” Fogerty went on, “I was hoping that wouldn’t happen to me.”
With that, I offer a piece of a 17th century phrase my grandma wrote on one of the back pages of my teenage journal:
“Remember me as you pass by,
as you are now
so once was I”
And just to get your toes tapping: Traveling Band
So, how about those lines? Do they call to mind a memory? Instill a sense of wonder? Are you familiar with the song, phrase or band?
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