CCR - Bad Moon Rising - 1969

Introduction to "Bad Moon Rising" by Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR)

Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR), an influential rock band from the 1960s and 1970s, made a significant impact on the music industry with their unique sound. One of their most iconic songs is "Bad Moon Rising," released in 1969. This song is not only a staple of classic rock but also a significant piece of cultural history, reflecting the social and political atmosphere of its time.

Background of "Bad Moon Rising"

"Bad Moon Rising" is known for its catchy tune and apocalyptic lyrics. John Fogerty, the lead singer and songwriter for CCR, was inspired to write this song after watching the 1941 movie "The Devil and Daniel Webster." The song became a prophetic anthem during the tumultuous times of the late 1960s, especially with its references to natural disasters and a sense of impending doom. The song was a part of CCR's album "Green River" and reached number 2 on the Billboard Hot 100.

Musical Style and Influence

The musical style of "Bad Moon Rising" is a blend of rock, country, and folk, typical of CCR's sound. This song, like many of CCR's hits, showcases the band's ability to blend different musical genres seamlessly. The band's influence extends beyond just music; they are often credited with shaping the sound of Southern rock and roots rock.

  1. Creedence Clearwater Revival
  2. John Fogerty
  3. 1960s Music
  4. Rock Music
  5. Folk Music

Interactive Tasks

Quiz: Questions on the song "Bad Moon Rising"

What inspired John Fogerty to write "Bad Moon Rising"? (The movie "The Devil and Daniel Webster") (!The Vietnam War) (!A personal experience) (!The Civil Rights Movement)

Which album features "Bad Moon Rising"? ("Green River") (!"Cosmo's Factory") (!"Willy and the Poor Boys") (!"Bayou Country")

What is the highest chart position "Bad Moon Rising" reached on the Billboard Hot 100? (Number 2) (!Number 1) (!Number 5) (!Number 10)

What year was "Bad Moon Rising" released? (1969) (!1971) (!1967) (!1970)

What genres does "Bad Moon Rising" primarily blend? (Rock, country, and folk) (!Blues and jazz) (!Psychedelic rock and pop) (!R&B and soul)

Quiz: Questions on Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR)

Who was the lead singer and main songwriter for CCR? (John Fogerty) (!Tom Fogerty) (!Stu Cook) (!Doug Clifford)

In what year was Creedence Clearwater Revival formed? (1967) (!1965) (!1970) (!1969)

Which of these songs is NOT a CCR song? (!"Stairway to Heaven") ("Proud Mary") ("Fortunate Son") ("Have You Ever Seen the Rain?")

What is another notable CCR song that reflects social and political issues? ("Fortunate Son") (!"Hotel California") (!"American Pie") (!"Imagine")

What was CCR's original name before they became famous? (The Golliwogs) (!The Blue Velvets) (!The Bayou Boys) (!The Californians)

Quiz: Questions on the lyrics of "Bad Moon Rising"

What natural disaster is mentioned in "Bad Moon Rising"? (Hurricane) (!Earthquake) (!Tornado) (!Flood)

The lyrics "I see trouble on the way" suggest a sense of what? (Impending doom) (!Optimism) (!Nostalgia) (!Happiness)

Which phrase completes the line: "I hear ________ blowing, I know the end is coming soon." (rivers overflowing) (!hurricanes a-howling) (!the voice of rage and ruin) (!thunder echoing)

What is the mood conveyed by the music of "Bad Moon Rising"? (Uplifting and catchy) (!Melancholic and slow) (!Aggressive and loud) (!Dreamy and soft)

The song "Bad Moon Rising" is often interpreted as a metaphor for what? (Social and political turmoil) (!Personal heartbreak) (!The beauty of nature) (!Celebration of life)


"Bad Moon Rising" Release Year 1969
Album Name Green River
Inspired by Movie The Devil and Daniel Webster
CCR's Original Name The Golliwogs
Main Genre Rock

Open Tasks


  1. Write a Review: Write a short review of "Bad Moon Rising," expressing your thoughts about the song's lyrics and music.
  2. Draw a Poster: Create a poster for a fictional CCR concert, featuring "Bad Moon Rising" as the main song.


  1. Compare and Contrast: Compare "Bad Moon Rising" with another song from the 1960s that deals with social or political themes.
  2. Explore CCR's Discography: Listen to two other songs by CCR and describe how they are similar or different from "Bad Moon Rising."


  1. Research the 1960s: Research the social and political atmosphere of the late 1960s and explain how "Bad Moon Rising" reflects these times.
  2. Songwriting Challenge: Write your own song inspired by "Bad Moon Rising," focusing on a current social or political issue.

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Oral Exam

  1. Discuss the Impact: How did CCR's "Bad Moon Rising" reflect the cultural and political climate of its era, and how does it remain relevant today?
  2. Interpret the Lyrics: Discuss the metaphorical meanings behind the lyrics of "Bad Moon Rising" and their possible interpretations.
  3. Music and Emotion: Explain how the upbeat music of "Bad Moon Rising" contrasts with its apocalyptic lyrics and what effect this has on listeners.
  4. CCR's Musical Style: Discuss the significance of CCR's blend of rock, country, and folk in their music, particularly in "Bad Moon Rising."

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