John Fogerty Debuts First Original Song Since 2018, ‘Weeping in The Promised Land’

by Emily Morgan

John Fogerty is airing out his political grievances on his new pointed song, which acts as a gospel, piano-driven ballad about the country’s current state.

On Wednesday morning, the former Creedence Clearwater Revival frontman released “Weeping in the Promised Land.” Since 2018, Fogerty hadn’t released an original song since “The Holy Grail.”

In addition to the new song, John Fogerty accompanies it alongside a music video. The video features footage from the multiple Black Lives Matter protests with Fogerty, wearing his trademark flannel. At the same time, he performs the song behind a piano on a hilltop (a nod to social distancing, perhaps.)

“I took a look back at what 2020 has been and tried to get my feelings out about the political climate, Black Lives Matter, Covid and everything else that occurred this year,” Fogerty said. “Friends are dying, we are stuck at home, we are indeed weeping in the promised land.”

In the lamenting tune, 75-year-old Fogerty contemplates the current state of the union. He includes lyrics about nurses crying and a well “poisoned with lies” that seem to nod to the ongoing pandemic. 

The Grammy-winner sings about Breonna Taylor and George Floyd’s controversial deaths, which sparked nationwide protests in the summer. “Shoot you in your bed just like they done before,” Fogerty sings of Taylor, a 26-year-old emergency room technician who was killed in a raid by Louisville police officers.

The Grammy-winning artist is no stranger to writing politically charged songs. His long-lived career took off after Creedence Clearwater Revival released their Vietnam War protest song “Fortunate Son” in 1969. It seems Fogerty hadn’t lost his love for protesting when he condemned Trump’s use of the tune at his rallies.

John Fogerty Releases Updated CCR Covers With Family

In November, Fogerty released his cover album, Fogerty’s Factory, which features modernized CCR covers with his children playing alongside him. The family band recorded the entire 12-track during the COVID-19 lockdown. 

“As a dad, I am so grateful that this little postcard from the pandemic is there,” Fogerty said. “I will remember this for the rest of my life.”