Songs That Make Me Smile: “DOWN ON THE CORNER” by CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL (1969)

Early In The Evenin’…

…Just About Supper Time…

…Over By The Courthouse…

…They’re Startin’ To Unwind…

…Four Kids On The Corner…

…Tryin’ To Bring You Up…

…Willy Picks A Tune Out…

…And He Blows It On The Harp…

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…Down On The Corner…

…Out In The Street…

…Willy And The Poorboys Are Playin’…

…Bring A Nickle…

…Tap Your Feet…

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DOWN ON THE CORNERIs Off The 1969 AlbumWILLY AND THE POOR BOYSBy CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

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…Rooster Hits The Washboard…

…And People Just Got To Smile…

…Blinky Thumps The Gut Bass…

…And Solos For A While…

…Poorboy Twangs The Rhythm Out…

…On His Kalamazoo…

…Willy Goes Into A Dance…

…And Doubles On Kazoo…

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…Down On The Corner…

…Out In The Street…

…Willy And The Poorboys Are Playin’…

…Bring A Nickle…

…Tap Your Feet. …

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Alright, My Peeps…

…I Know I Could (likely) Just Say…

"This Song Makes Me Smile Because It's By CREEDENCE."

…And A Great Many Of You Would (likely) Say…

"Well, He Does Have A Point. It Is By CREEDENCE. So The Smile Factor Already Exists."

…Or Something To That Effect.

HOWEVER…

…I Have Other Reasons As To Why This Song…

DOWN ON THE CORNER

by CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

…Pops A Smile Upon My (generally) Cold Exterior.

You See, My Peeps…

DOWN ON THE CORNER

…Reminds Me Of My 9-Year-Old Nephew, Ari Grey.

Even At Just 9yo…

…He’s Already A HUGE Fan Of C.C.R.

And WE…

…He & I…

…Have The Songs WE Enjoy Listening To The Most.

HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN?

BORN ON THE BAYOU

LOOKIN’ OUT MY BACK-DOOR

BAD MOON RISING

COMMOTION

etc etc etc

All Major League CLASSICS, Fo SHO.

But This Song…

DOWN ON THE CORNER

…Reminds Me Of Him A Hoppin’-Bundle For One Major Reason…

…WE Actually Took The Time-Out To Try And Figure-Out Exactly What They Were Singin’-’bout!!!

I Knew Some Of The Words.

Ari Grey Knew Some Of Them, Also.

But Neither Of Us Knew Much More Than The Chorus…

…And Even That Was Hazy, At BEST.

So We Listened To It Over…

…And Over…

…And Over And Over And OVER…

…Until We Were Pretty Sure We Had It All Ferreted-Out.

THEN I Decided To Look-Up The Lyrics…

…Ya Know, Just To See How Right We Were.

In A Total “Sheesh!” Moment…

…I Was Humbled To Find My Nephew Was Much Closer To What Was Actually Sung Than I Was.

It Shouldn’t Have Surprised Me…

…As He’s Exceptionally Intelligent AND Perceptive.

I Suppose I Was More Shocked At Being Shown-Up By A Man Of Just 9-Years.

BUT…

…I Wouldn’t Trade That Moment For Anything.

And That Moment Has Created A Very VERY Lasting Impression On Me.

Now I Can’t Listen To A Single Song By…

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL

…Without Thinking About My Nephew.

I Shake My Head…

(in a good way)

…And I Smile…

(in a great way)

…And I Reflect…

(all the way)

.Period.

Isn’t That Was Great Songs Are Supposed To Do?

I Use The Term “Infectious” A Lot When Talking About Music I Love…

…And I Do So Because That’s EXACTLY How It Seems/Appears/Feels To Me.

Great Songs Can Dig Themselves Into You Very VERY Deeply…

…And Create Very VERY Lasting Impressions.

DOWN ON THE CORNER

…Does This So Very VERY Well.

It’s A Great Song…

…That Comes With A Lot More Attached To It.

At Least…

…It Does For ME.

And THAT Is EXACTLY Why This Song Makes Me Smile So Very VERY Much.

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