Lookin’ Out My Back Door hit no 1 on the Go-Set National Top 40 on 21 November 1970 and stayed there for 5 weeks.
The song’s lyrics, filled with colorful, dream-like imagery, lead some to believe that it is about drugs. According to the drug theory, the “flying spoon” was a reference to a cocaine or heroin spoon, and the crazy animal images were an acid trip. Fogerty, however, has stated in interviews that the song was actually written for his then three-year-old son, Josh.
“Lookin’ Out My Back Door” may be considered one of the escapism songs of John Fogerty. Much of the piece was inspired by a Dr. Seuss book called And to Think That I Saw It On Mulberry Street. In the book a kid is watching a parade go by with wondrous and magical animals and characters. Fogerty put the action “out my back door” to a place he could escape to.
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