Song Lyric Sunday – Susie Q

We have girls’ names beginning with the letter “S” for our prompt this week for Song Lyric Sunday, hosted by Jim Adams.

My pick today is “Susie Q” by Creedence Clearwater Revival. The song has been covered by several artists over the years but this version is, in my opinion, the best. I love CCR!

This was co-written and originally recorded by rockabilly singer Dale Hawkins in 1956. His version hit US #27 a year later. Eleanor Broadwater and Stan Lewis wrote it with Hawkins.

This was Creedence Clearwater Revival’s first single (not counting “Porterville,” which was released when the band was known as The Golliwogs). They went on to become one of the biggest bands of the late ’60s and early ’70s thanks to a string of hits written by their leader, John Fogerty. Early on though, they recorded more cover songs, including “I Heard It Through The Grapevine.” “Susie Q” was their only single not written or co-written by Fogerty to reach the Top 40.

John Fogerty had big plans for “Susie Q” from the start. He intended for it to define CCR’s distinct character. In Bad Moon Rising: The Unofficial History of Creedence Clearwater Revivial, he said, “I knew I needed to work on arranging the song so that the band would sound like Creedence Clearwater Revivial, would sound professional, mysterious and also have their own definition. The song I chose was ‘Susie Q.’ I decided not to write the song myself. I decided to pick something that existed because it’d just be easier. I’d be less self-conscious about doing things.”

The album version runs 8:39. It evolved into a lengthy jam because the band had to fill long sets at their gigs.

The Rolling Stones covered this in 1964. Creedence had been playing the song at live shows, but stopped when The Stones released their version.

This was produced with liberal use of late ’60s studio tricks, including wide stereo separation, feedback, and vocal distortion.

When asked what the rhymes are in the latter part of the song, bass player Stu Cook said, “They were just simple rhymes. John hated it when songwriters used simple rhymes just to make things rhyme, so this was a statement against that. It was sort of anti-Dylan.”

This became popular on the West Coast before it was available on vinyl. The band brought a cassette tape of the song to a San Francisco DJ, who played it in appreciation for the group’s earlier support of a DJ strike.

Thanks to this song, girls named Susie are often nicknamed “Susie Q.”
The guitar riff on the original version was created by James Burton, who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2001 as a sideman. John Fogerty said that when he heard Burton’s riff for the first time, he was in his mother’s car and got very excited. “I went crazy and immediately began banging on the dashboard.”

CCR also included a cover of Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’ (no relation to Dale) “I Put A Spell On You” on the Creedence Clearwater Revival album. The band’s label, Fantasy Records, released their renditions of these songs as singles around the same time; “Susie Q” peaked at #11 US in November 1968 and “I Put A Spell On You” reached its apex of #58 in December.

The next seven CCR singles hit the Top 4 with their A-sides:

“Proud Mary” (#2)/”Born on the Bayou”
“Bad Moon Rising” (#2)/”Lodi” (#52)
“Green River” (#2)/”Commotion” (#30)
“Down on the Corner” (#3)/”Fortunate Son” (#14 the week before Billboard decided to combine both sides into one chart position)
“Travelin’ Band”/”Who’ll Stop the Rain” (#2 combined)
“Up Around the Bend”/”Run Through the Jungle” (#4 combined)
“Lookin’ Out My Back Door”/”Long as I See the Light” (#2 combined).
The Susie Q was a popular dance step in the ’30s.

The single was titled “Susie Q (part 1)” and ran 4:33. The B-side was “Susie Q (part 2),” clocking in at 3:48.

This is one of the few Creedence songs where vocals of band members besides John Fogerty are heard. You can hear his bandmates in the second part of the song.

Courtesy of Songfacts


Oh Susie Q, oh Susie Q
Oh Susie Q baby I love you, Susie Q
I like the way you walk
I like the way you talk
I like the way you walk
I like the way you talk
Susie Q

Well, say that you'll be true
Well, say that you'll be true
Well, say that you'll be true and never leave me blue, Susie Q

Well, say that you'll be mine
Well, say that you'll be mine,
Well, say that you'll be mine, baby all the time, Susie Q

Uh uh 
Uh uh 
Uh uh 
Uh uh 

Oh Susie Q, oh Susie Q
Oh Susie Q, baby I love you, Susie Q

I like the way you walk
I like the way you talk
I like the way you walk I like the way you talk, Susie Q 

Oh Susie Q, oh Susie Q
Oh Susie Q, baby I love you, Susie Q

Writer/s: Dale Hawkins, Stanley J. Lewis, Eleanor Broadwater 
Lyrics licensed and provided by LyricFind

In Gratitude

In Gratitude

I watch from my window
as the night begins to steal the day
pushing the smashed pumpkin sun
lower and lower into its fiery furnace

The sky glorious in majestic purple
sewn with golden threads 
My heart is full at this sight
Taking my breath with its beauty

It is in these chance moments that I am grateful
for the gifts that come to me each day
I am inspired by the colors of nature’s wheel
Matching my body’s chakras
Grounding and balancing me

I live in gratitude for this day
as the night claims it birthright 

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Word Prompts

Chance - RDP
’Mash’ - Stream of Consciousness
Open Link Weekend - Earthweal

One Liner Wednesday – Knee-Jerk Reaction

Have you ever had to deal with someone who is being so obnoxious and there is nothing you can do about it? I’m thinking a boss, a client or a customer if you are in the workplace. Yes, me too! You just have to suck it up as best you can and smile. You cannot react in case you lose your job or get into a big argument or worse.

If you are having a bad day just say this under your breath a few times. It might not come true but it will make you feel better.

Enjoy your Wednesday!

For Linda G. Hill’s One Liner Wednesday

It’s A Dog’s Life

It’s A Dog’s Life

I follow as a puppy
to the ends of the earth,
loving unconditionally 
and forgiving all your sins
My time here is
to please only you
You smile at my idiosyncrasies
Scratching your head
at what I do
Whether I chase my tail
trying to find the answers
or digging and digging
away at something
until I reach China
I hope like me you will one day
sniff out what’s new and different
and travel with the windows down
once in a while
and never, ever hold a grudge
We have so much to learn
from each other
but one thing we will never do
is bite the hand that feeds us
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Kim at Writing in North Norfolk is hosting D'Verse Poets
tonight and has prompted us with writing a poem in the first person
that compares some trait of ours with something animal.
It should not be a whale, but another creature (mammal, fish, bird,
insect, etc.) with which we have something in common. The title
should be the animal thing, in the same way Marjorie Saiser chose
‘The Print the Whales Make’.

Image by Nikki Luijpers from Pixabay 

Dreams Are Free – Flash Fiction

Dreams Are Free

She sat quietly in the small space she’d discovered on the top floor of her uncle’s house.  A box room, probably meant for storage, but there was a chair, some old boxes of books and small window overlooking the lake.  

She was reflecting on recent events that had brought her here.  The hectic comings and goings of visitors had given her an excuse to disappear for a while.

Grateful for the solace of the tiny room, she let her mind wander wherever it chose to go.  A sudden knock on the door made her jump.

“Ella. Are you in there?”, said her cousin Joel.

She wondered how long before someone came looking.

“What are you doing?” He demanded.  “We need to talk”

She replied reluctantly, “Joel, if you are a dreamer, come on in.  If not, then you can just let me be. OK?”

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Lillian is hosting Prosery Monday at D'Verse Poets tonight and has
prompted us with the line "If you are a dreamer, come on in".
The line is from Shel Silverstein’s poem, Invitation, as published
in his wonderful book, Where the Sidewalk Ends.
We are to write a piece of Flash Fiction no more that 144 words long,
excluding the title, and MUST use the prompt line as stated.

Image by Gaby Stein from Pixabay 
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