And apparently Fogerty doesn`t have a bit of interest in Lodi even though it helped make him famous.
I had always heard that "Lodi" was based on a true story from Fogerty`s early days when he lived in Berkeley and was an up-and-coming rocker.
Now I don`t know, in the same way I know that the sun sets in the west, that, contrary to the lyrics in "Lodi," Fogerty has never been here.
But substantial evidence points in that direction.
Fogerty`s classic, which reached # 2 on the charts in 1969, has always held a special place in Lodian`s hearts.
Just about a
year ago, I set out on the road,
Seekin` my fame and fortune, lookin` for a pot of gold.
Things got bad, and things got worse, I guess you will know the tune.
Oh ! Lord, stuck in Lodi again.
Rode in on the
Greyhound, I`ll be walkin` out if I go.
I was just passin` through, must be seven months or more.
Ran out of time and
money, looks like they took my friends.
Oh! Lord, I`m stuck in Lodi again.
The man from the magazine said I was on my way.
Somewhere I lost connections, ran out of songs to play.
I came into town, a one night stand, looks like my plans fell through
Oh! Lord, stuck in Lodi again.
If I only had a dollar, for ev`ry song I`ve sung.
And ev`ry time I`ve had to play while people sat there drunk.
You know, I`d catch the next train back to where I live.
Oh! Lord, I`m stuck
in Lodi again.
Oh! Lord, I`m stuck in Lodi again. [Watch and listen in YouTube.]
My story begins on a year ago when Fogerty and his estranged recording label, Fantasy Records, mended ways after a thirty-year legal dispute over the performing rights to his 1969-1972 song catalog.
After Concord Records acquired Fantasy, it immediately announced a series of new Fogerty projects the first of which would be a compilation CD titled The Long Road Home. The new release would chronicle Fogerty`s entire career from C.C.R. to his solo achievements.
Realizing that this was my opportunity to verify the story behind "Lodi," I contacted Fantasy and Fogerty`s publicist, Shore Fire Media and outlined my idea for an exclusive Lodi News-Sentinel column.
"Great," everyone agreed. And, I was promised, just as soon as the Christmas season ended, an interview with Fogerty would be arranged.
Sensing that an interview was not forthcoming, I e-mailed a series of questions to Fogerty`s publicist.
Among them were: "Did Fogerty really take a Greyhound to Lodi?" "Does Fogerty remember the name of the tavern he sang at?" "Was the `magazine` referred to in the song ` Rolling Stone?" "Has Fogerty returned to Lodi recently and if so what is his opinion of it now that it has grown up?"
I never got a reply. Finally, after pressing the publicist, she confirmed what I had anticipated: "John is not available to do an interview."
The only reason a rock and roll icon with a new album to promote wouldn`t speak with a Lodi News-Sentinel columnist and self-described fan is because he didn`t want to admit he hadn`t been here.
Why pass up an opportunity to sell some records?
In the grand scheme of things, whether Fogerty has performed in Lodi is not very important. "Lodi" is still a great song.
But the snub was disappointing. And, I`ll admit it: I took "Lodi" off my iPod.