1960's Protest Song bronwyn gray

Who is the artist? Creedence Clearwater Revival

What is the name of the song? Fortunate Son

When was is recorded/released? Released in 1969

What other famous songs do they sing? "Have You Ever Seen The Rain", "Born On The Bayou", and "Proud Mary"

What do you think the lyrics of the song mean? These lyrics were protesting against the Vietnam War but supported the American, blue collar soldiers fighting in the war that were drafted, because the upper class young men were not drafted

How do they relate to or reflect the time period? They reflect divided views on the war

What is taking place in history when the song was recorded or popular? Richard Nixon became the 37th US president

What was the overall inspiration and message of the lyrics of the song? The inspiration was the wedding of Julie Nixon and David Eisenhower

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 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

Yeah, yeah

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! y'all

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

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