"Green River" is a song by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival. The song was written by John Fogerty and was released as a single in July 1969, one month before the album of the same name was released.
- "What really happened is that I used a setting like New Orleans, but I would actually be talking about thing from my own life. Certainly a song like "Green River" – which you may think would fit seamlessly into the Bayou vibe, but it's actually about the Green River, as I named it – it was actually called Putah Creek by Winters, California. It wasn't called Green River, but in my mind I always sort of called it Green River. All those little anecdotes are part of my childhood, those are things that happened to me actually, I just wrote about them and the audience shifted at the time and place."
Fogerty adds that the "actual specific reference, "Green River," I got from a soda pop-syrup label... My flavor was called Green River."
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Mary Wilson of The Supremes worked with UK record producer Gus Dudgeon on a cover version in the early 1980s. It remains unreleased. Country band Alabama recorded a cover version of the song that appears on their 1982 albumMountain Music. The Minutemen included a live performance cover of the song on their 1984 EP Tour-Spiel.
- The song is available as a playable song for the Rock Band series of music video games as downloadable content.
- This song is played in the trailer for the film Taking Woodstock.
- The song is featured in the video game Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on the classic rock radio station K-DST.
- This song is played during the lawn mower race in the King Of The Hill episode "Hank's Back Story"