PROUD MARY

Live 05 Oct 2004 version


John Fogerty:Left a good job in the city
Working for The Man every night and day
And I never lost a minute of sleeping
Worrying 'bout the way things might have been

John Fogerty:Big wheel keep on turning
Proud Mary keep on burning
Rolling, yeah rolling, rolling on the river
Yeah!

John Fogerty:Come on Bruce!

Bruce Springsteen:Cleaned a lot of plates in Memphis
Pumped a lot of pain down in New Orleans
But I never saw the good side of the city
'Till I hitched a ride on a river boat queen

Bruce Springsteen:Big wheel keep on turning
Proud Mary keep on burning
Fogerty and Springsteen:Rolling, yeah rolling, rolling on the river
John Fogerty:Yeah!

???:??? John!

Fogerty and Springsteen:Rolling, yeah rolling, oh yeah, rolling on the river

John Fogerty:And if you come down to the river
Bet you gonna find some people who live
Bruce Springsteen:Well, you don't have to worry 'cause you have no money
People on the river are happy to give

John Fogerty:Big wheel keep on turning
Proud Mary keep on burning
Fogerty and Springsteen:Rolling, rolling, oh yeah, rolling on the river
Rolling, yeah rolling, rolling on the river
John Fogerty:???

Crowd:Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river
Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river
Rolling, rolling, rolling on the river
John Fogerty:Yeah!
Fogerty and Springsteen:Rolling, yeah rolling, rolling on the river
Bruce Springsteen:Yeah

Info

PROUD MARY is a 1969 song by Creedence Clearwater Revival. See the original Creedence Clearwater Revival version for more details.

Live 05 Oct 2004 version

The above lyrics are for the live 05 Oct 2004 performance of PROUD MARY at Xcel Energy Center in St. Paul, MN, during the Vote For Change Tour. The song featured a guest appearance by John Fogerty who shared lead guitar and lead vocals with Springsteen.

Ticket stub for the 05 Oct 2004 show at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
Ticket stub for the 05 Oct 2004 show at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN

Live History: on-tour

PROUD MARY is known to have been performed at least twice during The River Tour (138 dates, October 1980 to September 1981), both in the tour's last month. A few of that period's setlists are incomplete or unknown, and therefore, the song may have been played on some more dates during The River Tour, but that's very unlikely.

  1. 28 Aug 1981 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  2. 14 Sep 1981 at Riverfront Coliseum, Cincinnati, OH

In preparation for the Vote For Change Tour, PROUD MARY is known to have been practiced during one of the tour's three private rehearsals that took place from 27 to 29 Sep 2004 in Asbury Park.

  1. 29 Sep 2004 at Convention Hall, Asbury Park, NJ (private rehearsal)

PROUD was performed 3 times during the Vote For Change Tour (7 dates, October 2004). On this tour, the song featured a guest appearance by John Fogerty who shared lead guitar and lead vocals with Springsteen.

  1. 01 Oct 2004 at Wachovia Center, Philadelphia, PA
  2. 05 Oct 2004 at Xcel Energy Center, St. Paul, MN
  3. 13 Oct 2004 at Continental Airlines Arena, East Rutherford, NJ

PROUD MARY was performed 3 times during the Working On A Dream Tour (83 dates, April to November 2009).

  1. 16 Apr 2009 at Los Angeles Memorial Sports Arena, Los Angeles, CA
  2. 05 Jul 2009 at Ernst-Happel-Stadion, Vienna, Austria
  3. 12 Jul 2009 at RDS Arena, Dublin, Ireland

PROUD MARY was performed once during the Wrecking Ball Tour (133 dates, March 2012 to September 2013), on 24 Jul 2012 in Bergen, Norway.

  1. 24 Jul 2012 at Koengen, Bergen, Norway

PROUD MARY was performed once during the High Hopes Tour (34 dates, January to May 2014), on 03 May 2014 in New Orleans, LA[/LI]. The song was featured a guest appearance by John Fogerty, Rickie Lee Jones, Tyler Fogerty, and Shane Fogerty.

  1. 03 May 2014 at New Orleans Fairgrounds, New Orleans, LA

Live History: off-tour

PROUD MARY was performed off-tour on 11 Apr 1982 at Big Man's West in Red Bank, NJ, during a guest appearance with John Eddie & The Front Street Runners.

PROUD MARY was performed off-tour on 14 Jan 1984 at Patrix in New Brunswick, NJ, during a guest appearance with John Eddie.

PROUD MARY was performed off-tour on 08 Apr 1984 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, during a guest appearance with Cats On A Smooth Surface.

PROUD MARY was performed off-tour on 01 Jun 1984 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, during a guest appearance with John Eddie & The Front Street Runners.

PROUD MARY was performed off-tour on 03 Sep 1984 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, during a guest appearance with John Eddie & The Front Street Runners.

PROUD MARY was performed off-tour on 02 Aug 1987 at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, with the E Street Band and some members of Cats On A Smooth Surface.

PROUD MARY was performed off-tour on 27 Aug 1987 at Tradewinds in Sea Bright, NJ, during a guest appearance with Cats On A Smooth Surface.

PROUD MARY was performed off-tour on 20 Dec 1999 at McLoone's Rum Runner in Sea Bright, NJ, during a guest appearance with Bobby Bandiera and his band. The exact date has not been confirmed but it seems like the party took place on 20 Dec 1999.

PROUD MARY was performed off-tour on 21 Oct 2000 at Hedgerow Farm in Middletown, NJ, during a charity benefit gala for "Special People United to Ride of Monmouth County". No audio recording of this show is known to exist.

PROUD MARY was performed off-tour on 29 Oct 2009 at Madison Square Garden in New York City, NY, during the first of the two Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame 25th anniversary concerts. The song featured a guest appearance by John Fogerty who shared lead guitar and lead vocals with Springsteen.

  1. 11 Apr 1982 at Big Man's West, Red Bank, NJ
  2. 14 Jan 1984 at Patrix, New Brunswick, NJ
  3. 08 Apr 1984 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
  4. 01 Jun 1984 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
  5. 03 Sep 1984 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
  6. 02 Aug 1987 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ
  7. 27 Aug 1987 at Tradewinds, Sea Bright, NJ
  8. 20 Dec 1999 at McLoone's Rum Runner, Sea Bright, NJ
  9. 21 Oct 2000 at Hedgerow Farm, Middletown, NJ
  10. 29 Oct 2009 at Madison Square Garden, New York City, NY

Between 2002 and 2011, Bruce Springsteen played private benefit shows for schools and colleges that his kids attended — Rumson Country Day School of Rumson, NJ, and Ranney School of Tinton Falls, NJ, and Boston College of Chestnut Hill, MA. PROUD MARY was performed at two of these fundraisers, always at The Stone Pony in Asbury Park, NJ, and backed by Bobby Bandiera and his band.

  1. 13 Apr 2002 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (during a private fundraiser for Rumson Country Day School)
  2. 23 Jan 2010 at The Stone Pony, Asbury Park, NJ (during a private fundraiser for Ranney School)

Live History: early performances

In early 1971, Steel Mill sometimes used a snippet of PROUD MARY in the middle of Martha And The Vandellas' DANCING IN THE STREET, as was the case on 22 Jan 1971 at The Upstage, Asbury Park, NJ.

Bruce Springsteen inducted Creedence Clearwater Revival into the Rock 'N' Roll Hall Of Fame in January 1993. In his induction speech, he spoke of his experiences playing with his band in 1970 "on Route 35 outside of Asbury Park, at a club called the Pandemonium." He mentioned PROUD MARY in particular as "a great song that everybody liked and it literally saved our asses on many occasions." Springsteen isn't known to have played at Pandemonium in 1970, so he must have been referring to a series of shows by his band Child at Pandemonium in Wanamassa, NJ, between April and July 1969. Thanks to surviving promotional ads and posters, we know of at least 19 dates on which Child performed at the club. Which shows he played PROUD MARY at remains unknown.

Available Versions

List of available versions of PROUD MARY on this website:

PROUD MARY [Live 05 Oct 2004 version]
PROUD MARY [Original Creedence Clearwater Revival version]

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