John Fogerty Releases Moving New Song, ‘Weeping in the Promised Land’

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John Fogerty has released a new song, “Weeping in the Promised Land,” a reflection on 2020 and how the events of the past year have altered life as we’ve always known it. This time, the composer of such classic rock favorites as “Fortunate Son,” “Bad Moon Rising” and “Have You Ever Seen The Rain,” acknowledges the isolation, loss, division and hardship that were all too common in 2020. The new song is intended as a moving tribute to those who have been victims of the pandemic and those who have suffered through prejudice and injustice, with an eye on brighter days ahead.

The official video mixes clips of Fogerty alone on piano with moving footage of many of 2020’s most stark images. Watch it below.

In the January 6 announcement, Fogerty says, “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. Friends are dying, we are stuck at home, we are indeed weeping in the promised land.”

Watch the official video for “Weeping in the Promised Land”

In December, Creedence Clearwater Revival’s Chronicle Vol. 1 hit the milestone of charting for over 500 weeks on the Billboard 200, becoming only the eighth album to ever do so. The Rock and Roll Hall of Famer’s iconic songs have also taken on new life in the form of his “Fogerty’s Factory” performance series with his three children, for which they performed those reimagined classics on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert and NPR’s Tiny Desk. These performances were later released as a new album called Fogerty’s Factory on BMG in November – with vinyl due on Jan. 15.

Watch Fogerty celebrate his 75th birthday with his family in 2020 with a performance of “Centerfield”

Related: Our review of Fogerty in concert

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