If there is one topic rock songs have not skipped over to sing about, it’s war. You can almost guarantee that a song written in the 70’s had an influence of war behind it. Creedence Clearwater Revival’s “Fortunate Son” is an infamous anti-war song used in a plethora of war movies.
Released in 1969, right in the middle of the Vietnam War. In an unoffical history of Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bad Moon Rising, written by Hank Bordowitz, the lead singer states the inspiration from the song came from the marriage of David Eisenhower, the grandson of Dwight Eisenhower, and a daughter of Richard Nixon. The song is not so much of a protest of the war itself, but the political elite of the country. Every aspect of the song is an attack on the upper class and their ability to dodge such things as the draft and war, while lower and middle classes have to fight for them. Each verse opener shows the contrast of the classes in america and how they are represented throughout the country.
“Some folks are born silver spoon in hand Lord, don’t they help themselves, oh”
“Some folks inherit star spangled eyes Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord”
The rich and high class allow themselves to whatever they desire, while the ones proud of their country are forced to fight for it.
The chorus of Fortunate Son is timeless and can still be used today.
“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”
They are repeated frequently throughout the song with slight variation.
“…I ain’t no millionaire’s son” and “…I ain’t no military son, son”
The chorus is the driving point for the song. The high class, the millionaires, senators, the military officials, all of them are fortunate, in the sense that they are exempt from things like the draft and service to their country. Not only did “Fortunate Son” point out the obvious fallacies of the Vietnam war, it shed light on the social class division in the country and how the lower class has fought and protected the elite. Even though the song and war were over 40 years ago, the same observation can still be said about today’s society. After all, war never changes.