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FDP Forum / The Chop Shop / Walk on the Water - CCR. What makes this song great(sic) ?

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May 23rd, 2018 04:40 PM   Edit   Profile  

This is a favourite of mine but it stands out a mile from the rest of the CCR recorded songs with ambiguous lyrics and the statacco,menacing guitar and drums.

Anyone know anything about it ?

It is weird that these guys did Proud Mary and the like.

It would be appreciated if someone could enlighten me what is the chord structure and key the song.


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A dog

in a cake shop
May 28th, 2018 12:13 PM   Edit   Profile  

It's in Em.

John Fogerty was the guy who set the musical direction for the band, and he was always trying to be topical and write about current social issues.

To my ear, this tune always sounded like their other stuff, but like you say, the feel of the tune is quite different. I think Fogerty was listening to bands like The Animals and Cream at the time, and this tune emerged with some of that influence in the cadence and feel.

The lyrics:

Late last night, I went for a walk
Down by the river near my home
Couldn't believe, with my own eyes
And I swear I'll never leave my home again

I saw a man walking on the water
Coming right at me from the other side
Calling out my name; "Do not be afraid"
Feet begin to run, pounding in my brain

I don't want to go; I don't want to go
No, no, no, no, no
I don't want to go

Some people think this has to do with fear of death. I think it's more about fear of the unknown, as well as his headstrong, non-conformist attitude--don't do something just because someone says you must.

Fogerty was fascinated by legends of witchcraft and "hoodoo" stuff of the deep south.

He tried many different ways of working this sort of imagery into his songwriting to add the element of spookiness--which many people find fascinating.

Here's one take on the chords

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May 28th, 2018 03:41 PM   Edit   Profile  

Thanks Peegoo

The minor key gives a sense of foreboding that the lyrics compounds with an unfinished story.

Its good tho !


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A dog

in a cake shop
May 28th, 2018 07:44 PM   Edit   Profile  

Yeah, it is quite dark and ominous as songs go.

The psychedelic guitar work is pretty jagged sounding--and that adds to the sense of foreboding and danger.


U.S. - Virginia

May 28th, 2018 08:06 PM   Edit   Profile  

They just don't make rekkids like that no mo.

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