I am very curious about the song Porterville . Who is it about?
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Here's a link so we can all enjoy PORTERVILLE from the Blue Album: CCR debut album.
This is THE SONG that really struck me as a young kid growing up in a black ghetto in Compton, Calif.
I loved the refrain, "I don't care! I don't care!" Because that's how I felt when bad things happened to me,
or my sisters or the rest of my kin.
We were the white minority and were gettin runned outta that Godforsaken town.
It really was a bad time for my family and me.
It's such a powerful song, and in my opinion, it was about racial inequality and Creedence being sympathetic about racial tensions.
"Folks went out one night to put me up a fence,
But you can guess that I've been running ever since.
"Ain't no one that's bound to help, but I'll keep on - I tell myself."
"I don't care. I don't care. I don't care. I don't care. I don't care. I don't care .
I don't care. I don't care. I don't care. I don't care. I don't care. I don't care.
I don't care. I don't care. I don't care. I don't care."
That about sums up how I felt about that whole God awful mess.
So o o o glad we got out before they strung me up. True story/no kidding/not funny.
So you can see why I relate so closely to Creedence as my life boat.
They were the only good force in the entire world in the late '60's!
NASA came up with a good idea and landed two American men on the surface of the moon,
and they even brought them back in one piece. But other than that, CCR ruled the world with
good tunes and good stories.
I don't know specifically what Porterville was about, all I know is it sure was the single force
that kept me going when it seemed the whole world was going down the toilet.
Now you know why Creedence's music is so powerful and wonderful to so many of us 1960 refugees.
As long as I live, there will be no greater musical force on this beautiful planet!!!
You can read all about it in the book "Bad Moon Rising",
if you don't have that I'm willing to write it down for you over here.
Rockin' all over the world
This song has a somewhat Biblical slant to it in regard to how the sins of the father impact his children. The song basically talks about how a son is impacted by the actions of his father.
They came and took my dad away to serve some time,
But it was me that paid the debt he left behind.
Folks said I was full of sin, because I was the next of kin.
One of my favorite CCR songs of all time.
"If it's too loud, you're too old."