Rockabilly was one of the strands Creedence Clearwater Revival drew upon in its synthesis of roots rock. "Bad Moon Rising" was one of the band's most explicitly rockabilly-rooted songs, sounding in some respects like an updated version of the kind of ambience Elvis Presley and Carl Perkins created in their classic recordings for Sun Records. You wouldn't have found the kind of lyrics contained in "Bad Moon Rising" in many or any '50s rockabilly songs, however, although it was the primeval rockabilly riffing that was probably mostly responsible for shooting it to #2 in 1969. The early rockabilly atmosphere was established immediately with the initial burst of choppy chords, brisk rhythm, John Fogerty's slightly reverbed voice, and overall leanness of production. Fogerty's lyrics were remarkably apocalyptic and foreboding for such an upbeat, infectious tune, warning of all manner of approaching natural disasters, almost in Biblical terms, as when he talks of hearing the voice of impending rage and ruin. Some have seen it as a reflection of the souring and more cynical mood among the counterculture in the late 1960s. But really Fogerty was tapping into a strand of Americana that's often written about natural disasters and bad times in folk music, stretching to before the twentieth century. Fogerty himself has said the imagery was inspired by the movie The Devil and Daniel Webster. The Sun references were amplified by the brief guitar solo, which were very much in the style of early Elvis Presley guitarist Scotty Moore. Fogerty's clipped and echoed vocals have led the song to be frequently cited in polls of misunderstood lyrics over the years, with the line "there's a bad moon on the rise" being mistaken for "there's a bathroom on the right," for instance. Perhaps the most notable cover of "Bad Moon Rising" is the one that Emmylou Harris did in the early 1980s.