Creedence Clearwater Revival: Long As I Can See The Light Meaning
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Long As I Can See The Light Lyrics
Though I'm going, going, I'll be coming home soon,
'Long as I can see the light.
Pack my bag and let's get movin', 'cause I'm bound to drift a while.
Well I'm gone, gone, you don't...
anonymous Sep 25th, 9:24pm report
At a John Fogerty show in Canada (Nov. 2014) Fogerty stated that the title for "Long As I Can See The Light" was inspired when the band played Woodstock in 1969.
According to Fogerty, they were scheduled to play after the Grateful Dead (whose set ran longer than expected, meaning CCR would not take the stage until ~2:00 am). Fogerty noticed most of the crowd had fallen asleep during the Grateful Dead's set.
At some point during the performance, Fogerty says he looked into the crowd where he could see just one person awake, waving a lighter and shouting "WE'RE WITH YOU JOHN!!!!!"
anonymous Feb 28th, 2013 2:19pm report
I thought it was about the war as well until the third verse where he says "guess ive got that old travlin bone". To me that seems to indicate his own choice that he is making or his character rather than being shipped off to war.
anonymous Feb 25th, 2012 2:05am report
I always thought it was about the soldiers in the Vietnam war as well, its the right era and factual in reasons the candle was used in the window. We still hang those war mother's flag in a window with a candle (electric).
anonymous Dec 23rd, 2011 12:16pm report
I believe this song is sung from the perspective of a soldier sent to war. Seeing as CCR was making music at the height of the Vietnam war and during a time of war, especially vietnam, parents would keep a candle lit in the window every night there son was away in hopes that he can find his way home.
anonymous Nov 20th, 2011 11:50pm report
No matter how far he goes, or how long he is going for; as long as he is able to remember his loved one (the light of his life,) he'll keep coming home of her.
anonymous May 29th, 2011 5:54pm report
He's at a point in his life when he just need to get away. To explore new surroundings and walk away from his past to begin a new future without losing his true self. It's a very touching song that evokes the adventurous human spirit to remember that a man is not defined by where he lives and what he does for a living. Rather, a man is defined by who he is through his actions and his experiences. This man is determined to not let life dictate his actions; he lets his actions dictate his life. But he understands that his passion (or his light) will fade with time.Metaphorically speaking, a candle burns bright but with time it will melt and cease to shine. Life is too short and the world is too big to live in only one spot. Life beckons and he must respond.
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