“Fortunate Son” by Creedence Clearwater Revival (1969)

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 senators 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 millionaires 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,

Imagery:

Makes you think of someone waving a flag. Makes you visualizes the American flag. Also  a band plays hail to the chief (doing what their superior tells them) and they are pointing a gun. He says he is no senators son, that he isn't 'fortunate'

Syntax:

It repeats the line " It ain't me, it ain't me" multiple times. Also repeats "Some Folks"

Diction:

three words, "It ain't me" showing that the majority of people were not fortunate enough to avoid war.

Details:

The song is talking about deferment which is basically postponing military service and "skipping" the draft. Many of the people who served and were drafted were not "rich" or "smart" because they could not afford the deferment or they didn't go to college. Also saying that senators would not send their own sons to fight but would willingly send other people's sons.

Tone:

They set a very scornful tone to the lyrics and the music behind them. They say " I ain't no senator's son, no" mocking it but also very serious about it. Kind of bitter about it.

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