Wade Bowen's web series Garage Mahal continues with the
"I grew up listening to Creedence Clearwater Revival – sorry, Cody, but the original CCR," Bowen jokes in the above video – a sly reference to his Red Dirt compadre Cody Canada's band, Cross Canadian Ragweed. "And absolutely have been obsessed with John Fogerty forever. So, we'll do some Creedence for all the kids out there."
Kids, as it turns out, inspired the writing of the jubilant, if somewhat psychedelic track from CCR's Cosmo's Factory LP. Well, one in particular: Fogerty's young son, Josh. In his autobiography, Fortunate Son, the songwriter explains that the idea for the tune about "happy creatures dancing on the lawn," came from a pair of children's books: And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street, by Dr. Seuss, and The House of a Hundred Windows, by Margaret Wise Brown. The song, which namechecks Hee Haw star Buck Owens, also marks the first appearance of a Dobro on a Creedence record. Fogerty, who plays the Dobro part, purchased the instrument in
The Garage Mahal episodes are filmed inside Bowen's home studio at his house in