Creedence Clearwater Revival: “Have You Ever Seen the Rain?”

Posted: April 8, 2015 in Reigning Pooh-Bah Maximus of Cover Tune, THE CLASH of Cover Tunes
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Tune du Jour: “Have You Ever Seen the Rain” – Creedence Clearwater Revival
THE CLASH of Cover Tunes: The Ramones vs. Hi-Standard
Peruse, Comment and Vote (I Beseech, Implore and Urge Thee, respectively)


GREAT SONG! Along with Fortunate Son probably Creedence Clearwater Revival’s two greatest numbers (although I’ve also always had a soft spot for Someday Never Comes and Long as I Can See the Light as well). Have You Ever Seen the Rain  was written by John Fogerty and released as a single in 1971. It had originally appeared on Creedence Clearwater Revival’s album Pendulum, released in 1970. The song charted highest in Canada, reaching number one on the RPM 100 national album chart in March 1971. In the US, it peaked at number eight on the Billboard Hot 100 singles chart. And it reached number 36 on the UK’s Pop Singles Chart.

I'm Hooked On The Ceiling I'm High On Believing That You're In Love With Me

It Ain’t Me
I’m Broccoli
I Ain’t No Fortunate One!

Given the polarizing and contentious time in which Have You Ever Seen The Rain was written there has been much speculation as to the true meaning of the song. At the time the US was entangled in a seemingly endless unpopular war and the nation was struggling to make sense of the Kent State shootings. Not surprisingly, most music critics attributed the lyrics to the political and social turmoil of the day. Writing about the song, Have You Ever Seen The Rain, Mark Denning of AllMusic surmised:

“In 1970, a time when the giddy possibilities of political and social change of the late ’60s had been put in check by the sobering realities of Altamont and Kent State and both rock & roll and the youth culture at large were beginning to move away from idealism and into the self-centered decadence of the ’70s, Fogerty was one of the few songwriters grounded enough to suggest the issues had not gone away, but that we had lost the courage and the vision to face up to them.”

Yet, interestingly, Fogerty has stated on more than one occasion that the song had nothing to do with political and societal issues. He contends that it was his lament of the turmoil taking place within the band, Creedence Clearwater Revival. At the time, despite having achieved fame and fortune, the members of the band were in a state of constant conflict with each other. It was particularly upsetting that his brother, Tom, was so dissatisfied that Fogerty felt sure he would soon leave the band. Fogerty’s perception turned out to be accurate. Not only did Tom leave, but the whole band split up the following year.

The Original


Credence Clearwater Revival:


THE CLASH of Cover Tunes


The Ramones vs. Hi-Standard


The Ramones:

The Ramones hold the distinction of being CMI’s Reigning Exultant Virtuosic Performer of “Have You Ever Seen The Rain“. Additionally, The Ramones are also a recipient of CMI’s universally coveted title of Uni-Victor Melodious Maximus in Adversarial Replication. Among the title’s myriad of rewards and benefits, perhaps most desirous is that it bestows upon the recipient the eminently yearned for privilege of having one’s name appear in print media in bold gold!

The Ramones’ triumphal exploits in CMI’s THE CLASH of Cover Tunes competitions are detailed below:

1/30/2014 – “Have You Ever Seen Rain” (Creedence Clearwater Revival) – Ramones (80%) wallop Minutemen (20%)


Oh the disharmony! Much like Harlan County there are no neutrals here. Only one cover tune will live to play another day and it is your solemn responsibility to decide which one prevails. So tell me … Which Side Are You On?!!?



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  1. Cuspid says:

    This contest was much closer in my mind than I initially thought it would be. But Joey Ramone is the difference, and saves the day for the lads from Queens.

  2. bornunderabadsign says:

    Ramones forever!

  3. Lucky H says:

    I had to give this one to Hi-S by a smidge, but when it comes to bands who know how to feud I gotta think that Joey and the boyz have carried it right into the afterlife. At least i’d like to think so

  4. RDubbs says:

    I still contend that The Minutemen’s version of Have You Ever Seen The Rain was far superior to that of the Ramones, who really won that competition on name recognition alone. Furthermore, if this site had any integrity at all it would have waived the highly questionable “victory” by the Ramones and awarded the competition to The Minutemen. Yeah, that’s what I say!!!

  5. Arnie Plotnick says:

    I was impressed with Hi-Standard, I will say. But Joey’s voice remained great throughout the Ramones’ career, and he sounded in excellent form on this version. You should all note that I’m eating a chicken salad sandwich as I write this.

  6. Pete Black says:

    Ummm…. It’s The Ramones. Next. I love Joey. His delivery, his voice, his personality coming through in his singing. Hi-Standard was no slouch but it’s not close.

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