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Creedence Clearwater Revival - Fortunate Son



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."



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



Some folks are born silver spoon in hand


Lord, don't they help themselves, oh


But when the taxman come to the door


Lord, the house lookin' like a rummage sale, yeah



It ain't me, it ain't me, I ain't no millionaire's son, no, no


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



Yeah!


Some folks inherit star-spangled eyes


Ooh, they send you down to war, Lord


And when you ask 'em, "How much should we give?"


Ooh, they only answer, "More! More! More!" Yo



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


It ain't me, it ain't me

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