About the song

Ah, Travelin’ Band by Creedence Clearwater Revival, a quintessential slice of Americana released in 1970. This isn’t just a song, it’s a sonic road trip, a celebration of the working-class musician’s life, and a testament to the raw power of Creedence at their peak.

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CCR, as they’re affectionately known, were a force to be reckoned with in the late 60s and early 70s. Led by the enigmatic John Fogerty, their sound was a potent blend of blues, rock and roll, and swamp rock, all filtered through a distinctly Californian lens. Travelin’ Band perfectly captures this essence.

Fogerty, the band’s main songwriter, never shied away from portraying the struggles of the everyday man. Travelin’ Band doesn’t glorify the rockstar lifestyle; it depicts the reality of being a musician on the road – the long hours, the one-night stands, the constant sense of displacement. The opening line, “We’re a travelin’ band, livin’ out of a suitcase,” sets the scene immediately. These aren’t jet-setting celebrities; they’re blue-collar musicians chasing a dream, one dusty town at a time.

But there’s a certain romanticism to it all as well. The song pulsates with a restless energy, a yearning for connection and a love for the music itself. Listen closely to the driving rhythm section, anchored by Doug Clifford’s drums and Stu Cook’s bass. It’s a relentless forward motion, mirroring the endless miles of highway stretching out before them. Fogerty’s guitar work is equally infectious, weaving in and out of the rhythm with a bluesy swagger. It’s not flashy or technical, but it’s pure emotion, perfectly complementing the raw power of his vocals.

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Travelin’ Band wasn’t just a hit song; it became an anthem for a generation. It resonated with anyone who felt like an outsider, anyone who chased a dream that seemed just out of reach. The song’s popularity also solidified CCR’s place as one of the most important American bands of their era.

Released in 1970, Travelin’ Band appeared on CCR’s landmark album Cosmo’s Factory. This period marked the band’s commercial peak, with a string of hit singles like Proud Mary and Fortunate Son. However, tensions within the group were brewing, and Travelin’ Band can be seen as a reflection of that internal conflict. The song’s bittersweet quality speaks to the fleeting nature of success and the challenges of maintaining a band’s identity amidst the pressures of fame.

Despite the underlying tensions, Travelin’ Band remains a timeless classic. It’s a song that gets its hooks into you and refuses to let go. It’s a testament to the power of music to connect us, to celebrate the struggles and triumphs of the human spirit, and to remind us that sometimes, the journey itself is the destination. So, put on your favorite pair of well-worn boots, crank up the volume, and let Travelin’ Band take you on a ride.

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Lyrics

“Travelin’ Band”

Seven thirty-seven comin’ out of the sky
Oh! Won’t you take me down to Memphis on a midnight ride
I wanna move

Playin’ in a travelin’ band. Yeah!
Well, I’m flyin’ ‘cross the land, trying to get a hand
Playin’ in a travelin’ band

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Take me to the hotel, baggage gone, oh, well
Come on, come on, won’t you get me to my room
I wanna move

Playin’ in a travelin’ band. Yeah!
Well, I’m flyin’ ‘cross the land, trying to get a hand
Playin’ in a travelin’ band

Listen to the radio, talkin’ ’bout the last show
Someone got excited, had to call the state militia
Wanna move

Playin’ in a travelin’ band. Yeah!
Well, I’m flyin’ ‘cross the land, trying to get a hand
Playin’ in a travelin’ band

Oh! Wow!

Here we come again on a Saturday night
Oh with your fussin’ and your fightin’
Won’t you get me to the rhyme?
I wanna move

Playin’ in a travelin’ band. Yeah!
Well, I’m flyin’ ‘cross the land, trying to get a hand
Playin’ in a travelin’ band

Oh! Wow!

Oh! I’m playin’ in a travelin’ band
Playin’ in a travelin’ band
Won’t you get me, take me hand
Well, I’m playin’ in a travelin’ band
Well, I’m flyin’ ‘cross the land
Tryin’ to get a hand
Playin’ in a travelin’ band, oh! Wow!

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