BAD MOON RISING

Live 18 Jun 1988 version


Well I see
Well I see a bad moon rising
Yeah I see the end coming soon
Well I hear earthquakes and lightning
Yeah I hear the voice of rage and ruin

Well don't go out tonight
It's bound to take your life
Yeah there's a bad moon on the rise

Well I see the rivers overflowing
I hear the troubles on this way
Yeah I hear that hurricane blowin'
Well I've seen some bad times today

Well now don't go out tonight
It's bound to take your life
Baby there's a bad moon on the rise
Alright now!

Well I hope you have got your shit together
I hope you are quite prepared to die
Well it looks like we're in for nasty weather
Yeah one eye is taken for an eye

Well don't go out tonight
It's bound to take your life
Baby there's a bad moon on the rise

Yeah don't go out tonight
Well it's bound to take your life
Baby there's a bad moon on the rise
Come on!

Yeah now don't go out tonight
Well it's bound to take your life
Baby there's a bad moon on the rise

Well don't go out tonight
Well it's bound to take your life
Baby there's a bad moon on the rise
One more time!

Alright! Thank you. Merci.


Written by John Fogerty, from Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1969 album Green River. See the original Creedence Clearwater Revival version.

The first known appearance was on 05 Jan 1985 at the Hampton Coliseum, Hampton, VA, during a Born In The U.S.A. tour show, sound-checked but not performed during the show.

The next known performance was during a surprise Halloween party on 31 Oct 1987 at the McLoone's Rumrunner club, Sea Bright, NJ, with the full E Street Band except Nils and Clarence (read below).

A famous solo-acoustic performance of the song took place on 18 Jun 1988 at Chateau De Vincennes, Paris, France, during a guest appearance by Bruce and Clarence at the SOS Racism Concert that was broadcasted on French TV. Note that that was Bruce's first live TV broadcast. The above lyrics are for that version.

The song later appeared on 17 May 1993 at Maimarkthalle, Mannheim, Germany, during World Tour 1992-1993, sound-checked but not performed during the show.

Rehearsed with John Fogerty for the Vote For Change Tour on the third and last rehearsal session on 29 Sep 2004 at the Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ. Performed three times during the tour, trading verses with John Fogerty, on:

  • 02 Oct 2004 at Gund Arena, Cleveland, OH (check the live 02 Oct 2004 version)
  • 08 Oct 2004 at TD Waterhouse, Orlando, FL
  • 13 Oct 2004 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

Also performed with Southside Johnny on 10 Apr 2005 at the Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ, during the 4th annual Rumson School Benefit Concert.

Available Versions

List of available versions of BAD MOON RISING on this website:

BAD MOON RISING [Live 18 Jun 1988 version]
BAD MOON RISING [Live 02 Oct 2004 version]
BAD MOON RISING [Original Creedence Clearwater Revival version]