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"Lodi" is a song written by John Fogerty and performed by Creedence Clearwater Revival. Recorded in March 1969, it was released in April, four months before the album, as the B-side of "Bad Moon Rising", the lead single from Green River. The song describes the plight of a down-and-out musician whose career has landed him playing gigs in the town of Lodi (pronounced "low-die"), a small agricultural city in California's Central Valley about 70 miles (110 km) from Fogerty's hometown of Berkeley. After playing in local bars, the narrator finds himself stranded and unable to raise bus or train fare to leave. Fogerty later said he had never actually visited Lodi before writing this song, and simply picked it for the song because it had "the coolest sounding name." However, the song unquestionably references the town's reputation as an uninteresting farm settlement, though the narrator does not make any specific complaints. The song's chorus, "Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again," has been the theme of several city events in Lodi. The song's arrangement includes a change of key in the final verse of the track, emphasising the melancholy drama of the lyric, "If I only had a dollar for every song I sung...." 


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Just about a year ago 
I set out on the road 
Seekin' my fame and fortune 
Lookin' for a pot of gold 
Thing got bad and things got worse 
I guess you know the tune 
Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again 

Rode in on the Greyhound 
I'll be walkin' out if I go 
I was just passin' through 
Must be seven months or more 
Ran out of time and money 
Looks like they took my friends 
Oh Lord, I'm stuck in Lodi again 

A man from the magazine 
Said I was on my way 
Somewhere I lost connections 
Ran out of songs to play 
I came into town, a one night stand 
Looks like my plans fell through 
Oh Lord, stuck in Lodi again 

If I only had a dollar 
For every song I've sung 
Every time I had to play 
While people sat there drunk 
You know, I'd catch the next train 
Back to where I live 
Oh Lord, stuck in a Lodi again 
Oh Lord, I'm stuck in a Lodi again

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Creedence Clearwater Revival (sometimes shortened to Creedence or CCR) was an American rock band that gained popularity in the late 1960s and early 1970s with a number of successful singles drawn from various albums. more »

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