Monday, February 16, 2009

Stu Cook: ‘Rock Lyrics Are Easy To Screw Up’

AUSTIN, Texas (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Sometimes it’s hard to tell what your favorite rockers are really belting out in their lyrics.

Just ask original Creedence Clearwater Revival member Stu Cook, who’s used to fans messing up the lyrics to their rock hit, “Bad Moon Rising.”

According to Cook, fans usually think the chorus goes, There’s a bathroom on the right, when, in reality, it’s There’s a bad moon on the rise.

Cook understands the lyrical goof and because he came across the same problem when working on a self-titled album with his band Jackdawg in 1990, which included John McFee and the late Keith Knudsen from the Doobie Brothers.

The previously unreleased CD – which drops this March – includes original songs and a cover of Van Morrison’s “Wild Night.”

Since the group recorded before the advent of the Internet, the correct lyrics were tough to track down.

Cook says he and the guys would spend hours listening to Morrison’s original ditty and taking notes on paper, comparing what they thought they’d heard.

He laughs, “Van was never a clear singer, but eventually, we got it right!”

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