500 Greatest Songs of All Time

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Creedence Clearwater Revival, 'Who'll Stop the Rain'

Writer: John Fogerty
Producer: Fogerty
Released: Jan. '70, Fantasy
Did not chart

Fogerty told Rolling Stone in 1970, "[Listeners] put too much weight on political references in songs. They think a song will save the world. It's absurd." Veiled allusions to FDR and Stalin in "Rain" suggest that politics was on his mind, but Fogerty insists he wanted to be symbolic, not specific to Vietnam, Woodstock or 1969. "As a result," he said, "the song is timeless."

Appears on: Cosmo's Factory (Fantasy)

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