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Lookin' Out My Backdoor

Creedence Clearwater Revival

from the album Cosmo's Factory released in 1970

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Lyrics

(capo 1st Fret)

Intro

(muted strumming, then...) A ... F#m ... D . A . E . A .

Verse

A F#m Just got home from Illinois, lock the front door, oh boy D A E Got to sit down and take a rest on the porch A F#m Imagination sets in, pretty soon I'm singing D A E A Doo, doo, doo... lookin' out my back door There's a giant doing cartwheels, a statue wearin' high-heels Look at all the happy creatures dancin' on the lawn A dinosaur Victrola, listenin' to Buck Owens Doo, doo, doo... lookin' out my back door

Chorus

E D A Tambourines and elephants are playin' in the band A F#m E Won't you take a ride on the flying spoon? Doo, doo, doo... A F#m Wonderous apparition, provided by magician D A E A Doo, doo, doo... lookin' out my back door (instrumental verse w/ solo) Tambourines and elephants are playin' in the band Won't you take a ride on the flying spoon? Doo, doo, doo... Bother me tomorrow, today I'll buy no sorrows Doo, doo, doo... lookin' out my back door

Key Change

(muted strumming, then...) | F# . . . | E . B . | B . G#m . | F# . . . | B G#m Forward troubles Illinois... lock the front door, oh boy E B F# Look at all the happy creatures dancing on the lawn B G#m Bother me tomorrow, today I'll buy no sorrows E B F# B Doo, doo, doo... lookin' out my back door

Outro

(muted strumming → E B F# B)

Notes & Tabs

Standard Tuning, Capo 1st Fret

This tab shows how to play this song using a capo (positioned on the 1st fret) in standard tuning. You only need to apply a capo (and play in the key of A major) if you want to play along with the album version. Otherwise, a capo is not required. Also, let me disclaim that I'm aware CCR may have played this song without a capo, starting in the key of Bb. If you're looking for the exact tab to play in Bb, seek elsewhere. I'm primarily concerned with creating a tab that is accessible to the masses (and playing in the key of A is certainly easier than that of Bb).

Guitar Chords Used

Here is how to play the guitar used in this song. First, the chords used in the key of A:

e-|---0----2----2---0----
B-|---2----2----3---0----
G-|---2----2----2---1----
D-|---2----4----0---2----
A-|---0----4--------2----
E-|--------2--------0----
      A   F#m   D   E 

After changing key to B, you'll want to use these chords:

e-|--------4----0----2----
B-|---4----4----0----2----
G-|---4----4----1----3----
D-|---4----6----2----4----
A-|---2----6----2----4----
E-|--------4----0----2----
      B   G#m   E    F# 

Note the Change in Key

Late in the song, note that the song modulates (changes key) up one whole step. Using the chords shown above, you'll notice the change is from the key of A to the key of B. All chord progressions stay the same, as far as each chord's relative position to the root. Ultimately, this change in key is by no means required when playing the song -- but I wanted to make note of this for those interested in a faithful adaptation.

Videos

Offical Album Recording

To listen to the official album recording of this song, refer to this YouTube video:

Recommended Lesson

For a video lesson on how to play this song on guitar, I recommend the following video. It provides a good breakdown of the chords used, shows how to play each section, the strumming pattern used, and so forth.

Chord Progressions

Intro

| A . . . | F#m . . . | D . A . | E . A . |

Verse

"Just got home from Illinois..."
| A . . . | F#m . . . | D . A . | E . . . |
| A . . . | F#m . . . | D . A . | E . A . |

Chorus

"Tambourines and elephants are playin' in the band..."
| E . . . | D   . A . | A . F#m . | E . . . |
| A . . . | F#m . . . | D .  A  . | E . A . |

Song Info

Song: Lookin' Out My Backdoor
Artist: Creedence Clearwater Revival
Album: Cosmo's Factory
Year: 1970
Label: Fantasy

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My name is David Potsiadlo, and I created Songnotes to share my collection of guitar tabs, chords, and lyrics for my favorite songs.

Since I started playing guitar over 10 years ago, I've often been frustrated by the preponderance of mediocre and incomplete song tabs littered across the internet. To combat this, I started keeping my own collection of notes for each song I learn -- always taking the extra time to make sure accuracy and completeness are never compromised. Years later, my collection grew to the point where I knew I had to share it online with fellow aspiring musicians.

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