Recorded/Released: September 1969
Other famous songs: "Born on the Bayou", "Proud Mary", and "Who’ll Stop the Rain"
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 comes to the door
Lord, the house looks like a rummage sale, yes
Some people are born to wave the flag for the country
But when the cannon points at our troops he doesn't want to be one fighting
He says that some people are born with a silver spoon in hand meaning that they have everything that they need but not him, he has to work for everything that he has
And when the tax man comes to the door every things a mess and the people went off to war
How does it reflect on the time period?/ overall meaning of the lyrics:
It reflects on the time period because so many men were being sent overseas to fight in the war as soon as they turned 18 and so many people were against it. They were against it because at one point there were close to 500,000 men in Vietnam.
The overall meaning of the lyrics was that America had no part in fighting in the war and the people of the U.S. made sure that the government knew that they didn't support them by writing protest songs and protesting on the streets
What is taking place:
What was taking place during this time period was the war in Vietnam that many Americans were against and protested to get all of the men back home. Fortunate Son was a song that was describing how he was a one of the fortunate ones that didn't get chosen to go fight