Tickle Your Ass With A Feather

I mean particularly nasty weather, because there is a bad moon on the rise.  This Creedence Clearwater Revival song was written by John Fogerty at a time when our nation was shattered with the assassinations of RFK and MLK.  It is an apocalyptic song with upbeat music and Fogerty said that the lyrics came to him after he watched a movie titled The Devil And Daniel Webster in which a town gets wiped out by a hurricane.  The movie is about a senator who makes a deal with Mr. Scratch (aka the Devil), and it contains a scene where there is a huge devastating hurricane that is blowing around furniture, trees, houses, and the neighbor’s corn crop was destroyed, completely knocked down.  Just next door, the Devil and Daniel Webster are standing side by side, looking out the barn door.  You can see Daniel Webster’s corn is still standing tall in a straight row, six feet high.  This contrast represented a very strong image to Fogerty and he took it in a biblical sense, meaning hurricanes and lightning are real scary, spooky stuff.

Fogerty allegedly wrote the song the same day Richard Nixon was elected president, however he denies that the song has a political subtext.  Some people thought that Fogerty was singing, ‘There is a bathroom on the right’, instead of ‘There is a bad moon on the rise’.


I see the bad moon arising
I see trouble on the way
I see earthquakes and lightnin’
I see bad times today
Don’t go around tonight
Well, it’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise
I hear hurricanes a blowing
I know the end is coming soon
I fear rivers overflowing
I hear the voice of rage and ruin
Don’t go around tonight
Well, it’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise
Hope you got your things together
Hope you are quite prepared to die
Looks like we’re in for nasty weather
One eye is taken for an eye
Well don’t go around tonight
Well it’s bound to take your life
There’s a bad moon on the rise

Written for 1/14/18 Helen Vahdati’s This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time Song Lyric Sunday Theme where the prompt is natural disasters.

8 thoughts on “Tickle Your Ass With A Feather

  1. This is one of my favorites by CCR. I honestly had no idea they lyrics were post-apocalyptic… I suppose it’s because the song is so upbeat that I thought it was just a silly song, you know? I guess you learn something new every day! I think it’s still a pretty apt song today. Thanks so the memories and for the lesson. 🙂

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    1. It really is a good song and I never get tired of listening to it. Actually I read that John Fogerty said the same thing that he thinks this song is still appropriate even 45 years after he wrote it.

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