Since these are very specific terms which were names of real and well-known government programs, it's hard to imagine that Fogerty wasn't aware of this. Today, when I listen to it, I hear "I watched the tower grow" and I imagine the watchtower of government control over an ever-expanding subset of our lives.
The control is sold to us with the promise of prosperity -- the golden chains represent wealth and flashy diversion from the fact that they are still chains nonetheless which will limit our liberty. I'm not sure what Fogerty's politics were, but if this song is an indication, he sounds pretty Libertarian. I agree with roq on the analysis of the rain and the references to Woodstock -- the imagery Wholl Stop The Rain used in the song may very well have been inspired by that scene while he applied the imagery to something with more political overtones.
Flipster, I agree and thank you for your observations, some of which I hadn't thought of. General Comment I heard he wrote this song about an actual event where fans at a concert of theirs wanted them to keep playing even though it was pouring down and raining.
Also I hear there is a pretty strong anti-vietnam message embedded in the song. Muzzy on March 05, Link. General Comment Bennetit is a Republican. This is about Viet Nam. Our war there went on for 15 years; yes, rain is a metaphor for the rain of Wholl Stop The Rain and terror poured onto those people; "Virginia" is a beach outside Saigon; five year plans, and new deals were empty promises and smoke screens politicians put up to promote the war and keep it going We don't know or care about our own hisory, much less that of those our government calls "enemies".
General Comment i was at a john fogerty gig Wholl Stop The Rain days ago and just before he played this song he said "years ago, when i was at woodstock, not playin at woodstock but you know, there, i was watchin a band play and it started to rain n everyone around me started takin their clothes off General Comment I saw John fogerty last week and he said to the crowd it is about Woodstock.
Its obvious. I was going at it sideways. I'm talking about the BS, really. Political spin. Tuesday 27 April Wednesday 28 Wholl Stop The Rain Thursday 29 April Friday 30 April Saturday 1 May Sunday 2 May Monday 3 May Tuesday 4 May Wednesday 5 May Thursday 6 May Friday 7 May Saturday 8 May Sunday 9 May Monday 10 May Tuesday 11 May Wednesday 12 May Thursday 13 May Friday 14 May Saturday 15 May Sunday 16 May Monday 17 May Tuesday 18 May Wednesday 19 May Thursday 20 May Friday 21 May Saturday 22 May Sunday 23 May Monday 24 May Tuesday 25 May Wednesday 26 May Thursday 27 May Friday 28 May Saturday 29 May Sunday 30 May Monday 31 May Tuesday 1 June Wednesday 2 June Thursday 3 June Friday 4 June Saturday 5 June Sunday 6 June Monday 7 June Tuesday 8 June Wednesday 9 June Thursday 10 June Friday 11 June Saturday 12 June Sunday 13 June Monday 14 June Tuesday 15 June Wednesday 16 June Thursday 17 June Friday 18 June Saturday 19 June Sunday 20 June Moderate 2.
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I don't just play the single notes in the E-string and G. Like many folk-rock songs, it starts off with a ringing acoustic guitar riff, though the backing throughout has more of a roots rock sound than that heard on more standard folk-rock recordings. For his part, when asked by Rolling Stone about the meaning of the song's lyrics, John Fogerty was quoted as saying.
Certainly, I was talking about Washington, when I wrote the song, but I remember bringing the master version of the song home and playing it. My son Josh was four years old at the time, and after he heard it, he said, 'Daddy stop the rain. Well, this next song has a bit of a fable surrounding it. A lot of folks seem to think I sang this song at Woodstock way back then.
I was at Woodstock I think. It was a nice event. I'm a California kid. I went up there and saw a whole bunch of really nice young people. It started to rain, and got really muddy, and then yelling half a million people took their clothes off!!! Normal voice again Boomer generation making its presence known I guess. Wholl Stop The Rain, then I went home and wrote this song.
The song was a concert staple for Bruce Springsteen during 's River Touras well as on the summer leg of the Rising Tour. The Stereophonics have also covered the song as a B-side to their single " Local Boy in the Photograph ".
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