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"Well I'm flying across the land, trying to get a hand, playin' in a travelin' band."

"Long as I remember, the rain been coming down.
Clouds of mystery pouring, confusion on the ground.
Good men through the ages, trying to find the sun.
And I wonder, still I wonder, who'll stop the rain?"
—"Who'll Stop the Rain"

Cosmo's Factory is the fifth studio album by Creedence Clearwater Revival, released on July 16, 1970. It got its name from what drummer Doug Clifford - nicknamed Cosmo - called the Berkeley warehouse the band performed early rehearsals in: "The Factory". The three singles from the album: "Travelin' Band/Who'll Stop the Rain", "Up Around the Bend/Run Through the Jungle" and "Lookin' Out My Back Door/Long As I Can See the Light" all charted in the US Hot 100 and the album itself remained at the top position in the Billboard 200 for nine consecutive weeks. It was also a critical success that saw itself included in several retrospective accolades, including the 2003 and 2020 editions of Rolling Stone's Top 500 Albums lists.



Side One

  1. "Ramble Tamble" (7:09)
  2. "Before You Accuse Me" (3:24)
  3. "Travelin' Band" (2:07)
  4. "Ooby Dooby" (2:05)
  5. "Lookin' Out My Back Door" (2:31)
  6. "Run Through the Jungle" (3:09)

Side Two

  1. "Up Around the Bend" (2:40)
  2. "My Baby Left Me" (2:17)
  3. "Who'll Stop the Rain" (2:28)
  4. "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" (11:05)
  5. "Long As I Can See the Light" (3:33)

Principal Members:

  • Doug Clifford: drums, cowbell
  • Stu Cook: bass, backing vocals
  • John Fogerty: lead vocals, guitar, piano, keyboards, saxophone, harmonica
  • Tom Fogerty: rhythm guitar, backing vocals


Doo, doo, doo, tropin' out my back door:

  • Cover Version: For Bo Diddley ("Before You Accuse Me"), Roy Orbison ("Ooby Dooby"), Arthur Crudup ("My Baby Left Me") and Marvin Gaye ("I Heard It Through the Grapevine").
  • Epic Rocking: Starts off with a seven minute "Ramble Tamble", with the album's other side featuring the cover of "I Heard It Through the Grapevine" with instrumentals taking it to just over eleven minutes.
  • Protest Song: "Run Through the Jungle" and "Who'll Stop the Rain".note 
  • Rock-Star Song: "Travelin' Band", where the band is constantly on a hectic schedule.
  • Shout-Out: Two in "Lookin' Out My Back Door":
    A dinosaur Victrola, listening to Buck Owens.
  • Song Style Shift: "Ramble Tamble" kicks off like a fast country rocker, then shifts into a long, slow instrumental gradually building up until it segues back into fast country rock.
  • Word Salad Lyrics: "Lookin' Out My Back Door". Word of Godinvoked is that it was inspired by And to Think That I Saw It on Mulberry Street.


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