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"Long As I Can See the Light" is a song by American rock band Creedence Clearwater Revival, from the album Cosmo's Factory. Released as the flip side of the single "Lookin' Out My Back Door" in 1970, it reached number 57 on the Cash Box singles chart in the US, number 20 in the UK and number one in Norway (in the UK, "Long As I Can See the Light" was on the A-side, and "Lookin' Out My Back Door" on the flip).

Cash Box had prophetically compared it to "Lookin' Out My Back Door", calling "Long as I Can See the Light" "a slower paced ballad from the blues school. More subtle, but a good bet to overtake the “Lookin’” side."The two songs were also released as a double-sided single and peaked at number two in the US."Long As I Can See the Light" appears on most Creedence Clearwater Revival compilation albums, notably The Best of Creedence Clearwater Revival and Chronicle: The 20 Greatest Hits. It became a concert staple for singer John Fogerty as a solo artist.Fogerty biographer Thomas M. Kitts describes the song as depicting a "world-weary figure", perhaps Jeremiah, who "undertakes an uncertain journey." The singer is confident as long as he "can see the light." Kitts points out that the word 'light' has two meanings in the song: a spiritual meaning, such as in "The Lord is my light" from Psalm 27, and "the secular light of love". He describes the music as having a "hymnal, church-like feel."Fogerty expressed surprise at having come up with a candle as a metaphor for a beacon guiding the singer home. He stated that the song is "about the loner in me. Wanting to feel understood, needing those at home to shine a light so that I can make my way back.""If you tour a lot, it's one of those songs that just makes you miss home so badly," remarked Slipknot front-man Corey Taylor. "A really sombre piece."The drum beat was sampled by Moby for "The Sky Is Broken" on his 1999 album Play.

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Albums by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Creedence Clearwater Revival (1968)
Willy and the Poor Boys (1969)
Bayou Country (1969)
Green River (1969)
Cosmo's Factory (1970)
Pendulum (1970)
Mardi Gras (1972)
Live in Europe (1973)
The Concert (1980)
Live at Woodstock (2019)
At the Royal Albert Hall (2022)

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