To me, Fogerty's lyrics are a sociologist's dream, as he explored the psyche of a nation during the political upheavals and socio-economical impacts of the Nixon era. The nation was starting its slide into a deep recession, an unpopular war raged on in Vietnam, and the Cold War continued to cast a shadow of fear and doubt...we all were experiencing the blues. Fogerty penned these collective emotions to paper and then to music. My god, he could sing the blues...our blues...
Back in 1969, CCR released their album "Willie and the Poor Boys" with much acclaim and success. One of the album's songs is relevant to the topic of UFOs. "It Came Out of the Sky" speaks of the hysteria of society and the reaction of government/media/religion as all attempt to capitalize on this collective hysteria. Fogerty penned a parody that humorously captured this theme. I loved it then and still love it now.
To listen to the song, go to youtube. Here are the lyrics:
"It Came Out Of The Sky"
Did Jody see and recover a meteorite, or something else? I'm leaning towards a meteorite, but take notice that scientist claimed it was "marsh gas." Reference to Project Blue Book or academia in general?
Why would Spiro (Spiro Agnew, Nixon's Vice-President) give a speech to raise the "Mars tax" for a run of the mill meteorite...or was it something else?
Ronnie the Popular (Ronald Reagan) said it was a communist plot, linking the "event" to the Cold War. Now this would appear to rule out a simple meteor. What could those dastardly Soviets been up to?
What ever it was, it was enough to cause Jody to fall off of his tractor and run screaming into town. Despite this great awakening moment, capitalism wins the day as Jody was willing to part with it for $17 million.
Its a period piece of satire, but it humorously illustrates how ridiculously we tend to react to something unusual. Should this be Roswell's theme song? Based on the current state of affairs with ufology, researchers should take solace...Fogerty sings your blues.
Note to reader: Lyrics obtained from azlyrics.com and can be seen here.