Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son - 1969




This is an antiestablishment song of defiance and blue-collar pride, both anti-Washington and against the Vietnam War. John Fogerty and Doug Clifford both enlisted in the Army Reserves in 1966 (to avoid being drafted and shipped to Vietnam) and were discharged in 1968 after serving their military commitments. "The song speaks more to the unfairness of class than war itself," Fogerty said. "It's the old saying about rich men making war and poor men having to fight them."

This is one of three political songs on the Willy And The Poorboys album. The others were "It Came From the Sky" and "Don't Look Now (It Ain't You or Me)."






Lyrics



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 senator's 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



Songwriters: John C Fogerty Fortunate Son lyrics © The Bicycle Music Company



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