John Fogerty’s One-Man Band: Blue Ridge Rangers, “Working on a Building”

The Father, Son, and Holy Choogle

In the spring of ’73, John Fogerty was an all-star--a union of one. After cutting ties with Top-40 radio kings Creedence Clearwater Revival, he declared independence from CCR with a smokescreen, saddling up and moonlighting as Blue Ridge Rangers. His eponymous solo record, Blue Ridge Rangers is a one-man show--Fogerty dispatched as arranger, singer, player and producer--delivering pristine treatments to twelve C&W and traditional numbers ranging from Hank Williams’ “Jambalaya (On the Bayou)” to George Jones’ “She Thinks I Still Care.”

One of our favorite tracks, the gospel-flavored “Working on a Building” kicks off the second side. Originally cut by Heavenly Gospel Singers, Fogerty absorbed the spiritual from an early Stanley Brothers interpretation. This rendering seizes joyful exuberance with immovable, Creedence-tinged geetar, fiddle, steel, banjo and flushed layers of resonating vocal assaults, effectively capturing the spirit and reshaping it into an industrial-strength soot-smeared rocker of the holiest denomination.

“Working on a Building”
Written by: Lillian M Bowles and Winifred O Hoyle

I'm workin' on a building, I'm workin' on a building,
I'm workin' on a building, for my Lord, for my Lord.
If IIIIIIIIIIIIII were a drunkard, tell you what I'd do,
I'd quit my drinkin', and work on a building too.
[Chorus:]
I'm workin' on a building, I'm workin' on a building,
I'm workin' on a building, for my Lord, for my Lord.
It'a a Holy Ghost building, It'a a Holy Ghost building,
It'a a Holy Ghost building, for my Lord, for my Lord.
If IIIIIIIIIIIIII were a gambler, tell you what I'd do,
I'd quit my gamblin', and I'd work on a building too.
[Chorus]
If IIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII were a preacher, tell you what I'd do,
I'd keep on preachin', and I'd work on a building too.
[Chorus x3]

Take Up Thy Rock 'N Roll Stethoscope and Walk,



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