''In the middle of July of'68, I got my honorable discharge from the United States Army after much consternation. I was overjoyed. This envelope containing this little thing that's like a diploma had been sitting on the stairs of my apartment building for a couple of days. Finally, one day I was coming into my apartment, and I look on the stairs, and, "Hey, that's got my name on it!" Well, I opened it up, and I'm discharged from the army. Holy hallelujah! I actually went out on the little apartment-building lawn and did a couple of cartwheels. At that one moment it was like "Wow, all the troubles of the world have been lifted off my shoulders ! If it didn't happen within five minutes, certainly within a week and a half I had written "Proud Mary." That one event that led to doing the cartwheels, that's where "Left a good job in the city" comes from. I just felt real good.'' - John Fogerty
''I made the very first entry: ''Proud Mary''. For some reason that phrase came into my brain, and I thought it was a good song title. It sounded cool. But I had no idea what it was about. Proud Mary? I didn’t know what that meant. It could’ve been about a person. The title jumped off the page. Oh my – you mean this song is about a boat? Without saying anything else, it said everything. I was female, ships are female. Proud. Wow, there it is! Proud Mary!'' - John Fogerty
''Although I didn't recall it at the time when I was doing "Rollin' on the river," there is an old Will Rogers movie about these old paddle wheelers, and I believe at one point they actually sing, "Rolling on the river." I know that buried deep inside me are all these little bits and pieces of Americana. It's deep in my heart, deep in my soul. As I learned in English 101, write about what you know about.'' - John Fogerty
''THE STORY BEHIND THE SONG''
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