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Fortunate Son - Creedence Clearwater Revival


Fortunate Son
by Creedence Clearwater Revival

Some folks are born made to wave the flag,
Ooh, they're red, white and blue.
And when the band plays hail to the chief,
Ooh, they point the cannon at you, lord,

It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no senators son, son.
It ain't me, it ain't me; I ain't no fortunate one, no,

Yeah!
Some folks are born silver spoon in hand,
Lord, don't they help themselves, oh.
But when the taxman comes to the door,
Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes,

It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no millionaire's son, no.
It ain't me, it ain't me; I ain't no fortunate one, no.

Some folks inherit star-spangled eyes,
Ooh, they send you down to war, lord,
And when you ask them, how much should we give?
Ooh, they only answer more! more! more! yoh,

It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no military son, son.
It ain't me, it ain't me; I ain't no fortunate one, one.

It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate one, no no no,
It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no fortunate son, no no no,



Analysis
The song Fortunate Son is about the Vietnam war and how the "fortunate ones" would be able to dodge the draft for the war. Creedence Clearwater Revival talks about how some people are just born to be soldiers. When the president wants to declare war you are the one who is going to have to go fight a war whether you agree or not. Young men fight an old man's war. At this time, if you were a part of a wealthy family, or the son of someone in politics you would only go to war if you volunteered. Even then they would just give you a deskjob. In the line where they sing " how much should we give they only answer more more" they are referring to the fact that the politicians would not just let the army do what it needed to do but would regulate what orders the generals gave and it would cost soldiers lives. At the time when this song was written the Vietnam war was going on and most of the younger generation strongly opposed the war and thus many songs like this one were written.