You Got to Hidey-Hide

In 1988 John Fogerty was sued for plagiarizing his own songs when Creedence Clearwater Revival’s label claimed that his song ‘The Old Man Down the Road’ sounded too much like ‘Run Through the Jungle’.  This song was the first single off his mega-selling Centerfield album, in late 1984.  A six-person jury decided in Fogerty’s favor in November 1988 that he did not steal his own song.  ‘The Old Man Down the Road’ is a song about leaving home and running into a despicable Devil like character that speaks in riddles, his eyes are as black as coal and this old man is blocking the way with his suitcase covered in rattlesnake hide.  Some people think that Fogerty thought of the record company as being this demon.  The other day Fandango asked if there was anything new under the sun and in this swamp rock song, Fogerty invented something new that happened to sound a lot like himself.  When Fogerty finished writing this song he said, “Ha! Take that, old man!”  This song charted #10 in the US and the Centerfield album went to #1 in the US.

John Fogerty put out seven albums with CCR and they were all released in a four-year span from 1968 to 1972.  The group had nine top-ten singles and eight gold albums and they were inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1993.  John has had a long solo career and as of 2019 he is still playing.  Tom Fogerty died and John has refused to play with drummer Doug Clifford and bassist Stu Cook ever since the legal troubles.  At the Hall of fame induction, he performed Creedence tunes with Bruce Springsteen and Robbie Robertson.  Tom Fogerty turned against his brother joining in the lawsuit against him and this is sometimes referred to as the saddest story in Rock and Roll.

He take the thunder from the mountain
He take a lightning from the sky
He bring a strong man to his begging knee
He make the young girl’s mama cry.
You got to hidey-hide
You got to jump and run
You got to hidey-hidey-hide
The old man is down the road…
He got the voices speakin’ riddles
He got the eye as black as coal
He got a suitcase covered with rattlesnake hide
And he stands right in the road.
You got to hidey-hide
You got to jump up run away
You got to hidey-hidey-hide
The old man is down the road.
He make the river call your lover
He make the barking of the hound
Put a shadow ‘cross the window
When the old man comes around.
You got to hidey-hide
You got to jump and run again
You got to hidey-hidey-hide
The old man is down the road
The old man is down the road.
You got to, you got to, you got to hidey-hidey-hide.

Written for Song Lyric Sunday where the theme is Lost/Found/Hide/Seek.

18 thoughts on “You Got to Hidey-Hide

  1. I remember this…the 80s were odd. John Fogerty was sued for sounding too much like himself by Saul Zaentz and Fantasy Records. Neil Young was basically sued for not sounding like himself by David Geffen…when he released a more electronic album.

    Great song and I’m glad John won.

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  2. Now that is very interesting. I had no idea. I can hear the resemblance (if one can do such a thing). Excellent choice!!! I am rocking out, even got the mister off the couch to come in here and see what I was up to 😉

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  3. Interesting story behind the band’s relationships. I remember this song – good one. It does sound like Run through the Jungle, which is a great song. Weird they could say he stole his own song.

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