HAVE YOU EVER SEEN THE RAIN

John Fogerty

CREEDENCE CLEARWATER REVIVAL                                   1971                                                                   Fantasy Records #655

Only single from the Creedence album, PENDULUM. Chart: #8. Time: 2:41.
Flip Side: "Hey Tonight". Released in U.S.A. Jan, 1971.

Recorded at Wally Heider Studios, San Francisco, California, USA???. Produced by John Fogerty. Engineered by Walt Payne, Hank McGill and Russ Gary. Arranged by John Fogerty

Most bands have one or two members with most of the talent, with the rest mainly there to play. In this case John Fogerty wrote, sang and produced pretty much everything. This was ok in the beginning when they went from starvation to riches. But then the others wanted an equal share in creating the music. Trouble is, John was the only one with that talent. After only 3 years with huge success, and many hits, John could see where this was all going and basically wrote this about the impending demise of the band. After one more album where the other members were given what they wanted, with the expected results, that was it. - Larry -

Personnel

   John Fogerty - lead vocal, lead guitar
   Tom Fogerty - guitar
   Stu Cook - bass
   Doug Clifford - drums



JOHN FOGERTY - 1993:Rolling Stone

"That song is really about the impending breakup of Creedence. The imagery is, you can have a bright, beautiful, sunny day and it can be raining at the same time. The band was breaking up. I was reacting: Geez, this is all getting serious right at the time when we should be having a sunny day."

"I think the beginning of the end was almost before the beginning. There was a point in which we had done the first album. Everybody had listened to my advice. I don't think anybody thought too much about it. But in making the second album, BAYOU COUNTRY, we had a real confrontation. Everybody wanted to sing, write, make up their own arrangements, whatever, right? This was after ten years of struggling. Now we had the spotlight. Andy Warhol's fifteen minutes of fame. 'Suzie Q' was as big as we'd ever seen. Of course, it really wasn't that big. I looked at it like a steppingstone. I said to the other guys, 'If we blow it, the spotlight's going to move over there to the Eagles or somebody.' I didn't want to go back to the carwash"

"I basically said, 'This band is going to make the best record it can make, and that means I'm going to do things the way I want to do'em'. That sounds very egotistical, but that's what happened, and the other three guys had to swallow and go, 'Okay, yeah, that's what we'll do.' For the next two years it worked great, and then at some point they didn't want to swallow and say, 'That's nice,' anymore."

JOHN FOGERTY - 2006:Uncut

"When we first signed with Fantasy, Saul had promised that if there was ever success, we’d get a “bigger piece of the pie”. And all of us that were family [laughs] – I mean band members – remembered that. So it was decided I should go talk to Saul. Saul slammed the door in my face. We were supremely unhappy after that.

Just before Pendulum was gonna be recorded, the other three guys called a meeting, and they insisted on a democracy – that everybody could write songs and sing, and everybody would have a vote. From the background voices of “Proud Mary”, I had managed to keep that thing under control, but I couldn’t any more. We recorded Pendulum under that cloud, and the song “Have You Ever Seen The Rain?” is basically describing that. Here we have a beautiful, wonderful sunny day that we’ve all been striving for, and now there’s this big black cloud raining down on it.

I’d been on such a roll. Then I remember thinking, ‘My head hurts. I feel like my brain tissue is dry, like it’s dehydrated or something.’ What I was feeling was just stress. I felt so put-upon to make music while all this crap was goin’ on. I somehow came up with “Hey Tonight” in the middle of it all, but also a couple of duds. I was not able to function properly because of all the controversy. After Pendulum, the other guys hired a press agent, who arranged a huge party, and the other members chose this moment to describe their newfound freedom. “We’re out from under John’s tyranny,” was one of the quotes. I ended up calling this event The Night Of The Generals, because everybody was now a general; there were no more soldiers. It was a train wreck, and within two weeks, Tom left the band. There was no goin’ back after that. I said at one point, “I run this band on nerves and willpower,” because there was always this whole litany of jealousy and crap. It was like, ‘God, we’re No 1 band in the world – isn’t this good enough?’

The major break-up point was the other guys wanted to write songs. I finally caved in. But I knew it was the end of the band. ’Cause they wanted to write their very first song in the world’s No 1 rock band. It’s ludicrous. But even now, I look back at how much stuff was done from May of ’68 until the end of 1970. And the other guys at some points were my willing students, and at others my rebellious bandmates. That’s the journey we lived through. And while they were willing students, it was fun."

YOU TUBE STUDIO TRACK YOU TUBE LYRIC VIDEO YOU TUBE LIVE Someone told me long ago There's a calm before the storm, I know; It's been comin' for some time. When it's over, so they say, It'll rain a sunny day, I know; Shinin' down like water. CHORUS: I want to know, Have you ever seen the rain? I want to know, Have you ever seen the rain Comin' down on a sunny day? Yesterday, and days before, Sun is cold and rain is hard, I know; Been that way for all my time. 'Til forever, on it goes Through the circle, fast and slow, I know; It can't stop, I wonder.