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Penthouse Pauper

This song is by Creedence Clearwater Revival and appears on the album Bayou Country (1969).

Now if I was a bricklayer, I wouldn't build just anything
And if I was a ball player, I wouldn't play no second string
And if I were some jewellery, baby, Lord, I'd have to be a diamond ring

If I were a secret, Lord, I never would be told
And if I were a jug of wine, Lord, my flavor would be old
I could be most anything, but it got to be twenty-four-karat solid gold

If I were a gambler, you know, I'd never lose
And if I were a guitar player, Lord, I'd have to play the blues

If I was a hacksaw, my blade would be razor sharp
And if I were a politician, I could prove that monkeys talk
You can find the tallest building, Lord, I'd have me the house on top

Oh, let's go!

Alright, keep goin'!

I'm the penthouse pauper, I got nothing to my name
I'm the penthouse pauper, baby, I got nothing to my name
I can be most anything, oh when you got nothing it's all the same

Oh, let's move to this song!

Lord, look at my penthouse.



  • Lead guitar, lead vocals: John Fogerty
  • Rhythm guitar, backing vocals: Tom Fogerty
  • Bass guitar: Stu Cook
  • Drums, percussion: Doug Clifford

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