Lookin' Out My Back Door chords and lyrics

by Creedence Clearwater Revival

  • Lookin' Out My Back Door was written by John Fogerty - lead singer from Creedence Clearwater Revival (CCR).
  • Released: July, 1970 from the album - Cosmo's Factory
  • Music: C Major with a key change to D Major in 4/4 time at ~ 110 bpm
  • Chords: C, D, F, G, G7, A, Am, Bm, B, Bb
  • Please Note: The band plays the song in C major with a key change to D Major. The sound on the video is in Bb major with a key change to C major. If you are playing with the video, you will need to tune down 1 whole step. Strings from low to high: D-G-C-F-A-D
  • Guitar Tab for the Intro can be found below with the chord charts.

Lookin' Out My Back Door by CCR

De-tune strings 1 whole step if playing with video

          (Muffled Strings)
Intro: 4/4 ||  C   |  %  ||   C   |  Am  | F  -  C  | G7 - C  ||

    C                                Am                             
1. Just got home from Il-li-nois___ Lock the front door, oh boy
    F          C            G7           
   Got to sit down, take a rest on the porch
      C                        Am                           
   I-mag-i-na-tion sets in___ Pret-ty soon I'm sing-ing’
    F         C              G7           C
   Doo, doo, doo___ Look-ing out my back door

              C                            Am                          
2. There's a giant do-ing cart-wheels___ A sta-tue wear-ing high heels
    F               C                 G7
   Look at all the hap-py crea-tures danc-ing on the lawn
     C                      Am                           
   A di-no-saur Vic-tr-ola list’-nin’ to Buck O-wens
    F         C              G7           C
   Doo, doo, doo___ Look-ing out my back door

         G                                 F               C
Chorus: Tam-bou-rines and e-le-phants are play-ing in the band
                              Am               G
        Won't you take a ride on the fly-ing spoon__ Doo, doo doo
          C                          Am                           
        Wond'-rous ap-pa-ri-tion pro-vi-ded by ma-gi-cian
         F         C              G7           C
        Doo, doo, doo___ Look-ing out my back door

Instr: |   C  |  Am  |  F  -  C  |  G7         |
       |   C  |  Am  |  F  -  C  |  G7  -   C  |

         G                                 F               C
Chorus: Tam-bou-rines and e-le-phants are play-ing in the band
                              Am               G 
        Won't you take a ride on the fly-ing spoon___ Doo, doo doo
        C                           Am                          
        Bo-ther me to-mor-row___ To-day, I'll buy no sor-rows
         F         C              G7           C
        Doo, doo, doo___ Look-ing out my back door
        (Muffled Strings) 1&2&3  &  4  &
        ||      C      |  C      C  B  Bb  ||
        Key change 
        ||   A   |  G  -  D  |  D  -  Bm  |   A   ||

    D                                Bm                           
3. For-ward trou-bles Il-li-nois___ Lock the front door, oh boy
    G               D                 A              
   Look at all the hap-py crea-tures danc-in’ on the lawn
   D                           Bm                          
   Bo-ther me to-mor-row___ To-day, I'll buy no sor-rows
    G         D               A           D   
   Doo, doo, doo___ Look-ing out my back door

   (Muffled Strings)
   ||      D      ||  G   -  D  |  A  -  D  ||
  

Another song by CCR on this site:

Intro Tab

Lookin' Out My Back Door Guitar Tab

The complete guitar Tab is available at Musicnotes.Com Guitar Tab * Guitar/Vocal * 14 pages * Bb (C) Major


C Major - D Major
Red Numbers 1, 2, 3, 4: Fingers/Notes
Unmarked strings: Play open 
x: Don't play string
1's in the same column: Barre 1st finger over marked strings
3's in the same column: Barre 3rd finger over marked strings

Right-Handed Chord Tabs   
           C                 Am                  F                 G7 
    e|---|---|---|     e|---|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|
    B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|-1-|---|---|     B|---|---|---|
    G|---|---|---|     G|---|-3-|---|     G|---|-2-|---|     G|---|---|---|
    D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|-2-|---|     D|---|---|-3-|     D|---|---|---|
    A|---|---|-3-|     A|---|---|---|     A|---|---|---|x    A|---|-2-|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|-3-|
Frets  1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3          1   2   3

           D                 Bm                  G                 A 
    e|---|-2-|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|---|---|-3-|     e|---|---|---|
    B|---|---|-3-|     B|-1-|-2-|---|     B|---|---|---|     B|---|-3-|---|
    G|---|-1-|---|     G|-1-|---|-4-|     G|---|---|---|     G|---|-2-|---|
    D|---|---|---|     D|-1-|---|-3-|     D|---|---|---|     D|---|-1-|---|
    A|---|---|---|x    A|-1-|---|---|     A|---|-1-|---|     A|---|---|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|-2-|     E|---|---|---|x
Frets  1   2   3          2   3   4          1   2   3          1   2   3

       C (muffled)            B                 Bb
    e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|     e|-1-|---|---|
    B|-1-|---|-3-|     B|-1-|---|-3-|     B|-1-|---|-3-|
    G|-1-|---|-3-|     G|-1-|---|-3-|     G|-1-|---|-3-|
    D|-1-|---|-3-|     D|-1-|---|-3-|     D|-1-|---|-3-|
    A|-1-|---|---|     A|-1-|---|---|     A|-1-|---|---|
    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x    E|---|---|---|x
Frets  3   4   5          2   3   4          1   2   3


Left-Handed Chord Tabs 
          C                 Am                  F                 G7
    |---|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e
    |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|-1-|B     |---|---|---|B
    |---|---|---|G     |---|-3-|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G     |---|---|---|G
    |---|-2-|---|D     |---|-2-|---|D     |-3-|---|---|D     |---|---|---|D
    |-3-|---|---|A     |---|---|---|A    x|---|---|---|A     |---|-2-|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |-3-|---|---|E
      3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
      
          D                 Bm                  G                  A
    |---|-2-|---|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |-3-|---|---|e     |---|---|---|e
    |-3-|---|---|B     |---|-2-|-1-|B     |---|---|---|B     |---|-3-|---|B
    |---|-1-|---|G     |-4-|---|-1-|G     |---|---|---|G     |---|-2-|---|G
    |---|---|---|D     |-3-|---|-1-|D     |---|---|---|D     |---|-1-|---|D
   x|---|---|---|A     |---|---|-1-|A     |---|-1-|---|A     |---|---|---|A
   x|---|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E     |-2-|---|---|E    x|---|---|---|E
      3   2   1          4   3   2          3   2   1          3   2   1  Frets
      
      C (muffled)            B                 Bb
    |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e     |---|---|-1-|e
    |-3-|---|-1-|B     |-3-|---|-1-|B     |-3-|---|-1-|B
    |-3-|---|-1-|G     |-3-|---|-1-|G     |-3-|---|-1-|G
    |-3-|---|-1-|D     |-3-|---|-1-|D     |-3-|---|-1-|D
    |---|---|-1-|A     |---|---|-1-|A     |---|---|-1-|A
   x|---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E     |---|---|---|E
       5   4   3         4   3   2          3   2   1  Frets
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